The Newcastle team v Preston has just been named, with United currently three points clear at the top of the Championship.

However, the two clubs are the most in-form in the Championship over the past six matches, so Tuesday night unlikely to be a fair guide as to today’s game.

Rafa Benitez makes the following changes from the team that won 6-0 against Preston at St James Park on Tuesday in the League Cup.

Five changes from Tuesday but a more fitting comparison is the three changes from the last Championship match when beating Ipswich 3-0.

Rafa making only three changes from last Saturday, both Gayle and Colback injured, replaced by Mitrovic and Hayden, whilst Diame in for Perez.

Newcastle starting 11:

Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Gouffran, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie, Diame, Mitrovic

Subs:

Sels, Gamez, Anita, Hanley, Lazaar, Atsu, Perez

Newcastle United official social media are showing the team as a 4-4-1-1 formation.

(Compare this to the predicted choice of Newcastle team v Preston we published earlier here)

Preston v Newcastle Match Betting:

All  Preston v Newcastle betting HERE

Shelvey to score first goal 19/2NUFC to win AND both teams score 3/1NUFC to win 2-1 8/1

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