Newcastle United complete their friendly pre-season schedule with a home match against Vitesse Arnhem.
The Dutch club only finished ninth in the league last season but arguably will be United’s toughest game so far in what will be their fifth and final friendly.
The Championship kicks off at Craven Cottage next Friday and then two weeks today, Newcastle host Huddersfield in the first home match of the season.
Today we are likely to see at least most of Rafa Benitez’ (from the players available) first eleven take the pitch as he prepares his team for competitive football.
Jesus Gamez is expected to be available after being suspended for the Southend match, whilst hopefully Matt Ritchie will shake off the knock that kept him out of the last two games.
Main points of interest against Vitesse Arnhem are likely to be which goalkeeper starts, who plays left-back, and which players are used in central midfield.
Newcastle United official announcement:
Newcastle United have confirmed that cash turnstiles will be in operation when the Magpies take on Vitesse Arnhem at St. James’ Park on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Entry to United’s final pre-season fixture, which takes place just six days before the season gets underway at Fulham, will cost just £15 for adults and only £5 for concessions.
Turnstiles will be open in the Gallowgate Upper, Gallowgate West Corner, Milburn Stand, Leazes End and North East Corner from 1.30pm on Saturday, giving fans the opportunity to pay on the gate.
However, the Club is advising supporters to purchase their tickets in advance and to arrive early at the stadium on Saturday in order to avoid anticipated queues.
Tickets are currently on sale via www.nufc.co.uk/tickets, by calling 0844 372 1892 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network access charge) or in person from the St. James’ Park box office.
Supporters collecting tickets that have been purchased via telephone or the club website are advised that matchday collections will take place at the Collection Office on the Gallowgate concourse above the club store and NINE Bar.
The Collection Office will be open from 10am on Saturday.
To purchase tickets early on Saturday and beat the queues, the Match Day office will be open from 9am.
A full list of cash turnstiles – open from 1.30pm – is below:
Leazes West Corner L2 – 13 & 14
Leazes West Corner L4 – 9/10 & 15/16
Leazes Middle, N/L2M & N – 17 & 18
Leazes Middle, N/L2R & S – 31 & 32
Leazes Upper, L4T-L4X, 19,20,21,29,30
Gallowgate Upper, R-V, 60,61,62,63,66
Gallowgate West Corner, B,C,D, 68, 69 & 70
Leazes East Corner, B,C, 33 & 34
North East Corner