Here is the predicted Newcastle team v Preston that I think Rafa Benitez will choose for Monday night at St James Park.

Only 10 days ago a great team performance against Leeds was only undone by poor finishing, inspired goalkeeping/defending from the visitors, then a late slip from the United backline.

Nothing wrong with the overall display, only failures at key moments denying a victory.

With a game at Ipswich less than 72 hours after that draw v Leeds, Rafa made five changes and the travelling supporters were treated to arguably the worst match of the season.

Whilst the Leeds game saw Newcastle play at a high tempo with lots of attacking initiative, the one at Portman Road was a disjointed affair with next to no cutting edge and some horrific defending by the team as a whole.

This was the team and subs Rafa selected v Leeds 10 days ago:

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie (Yedlin 84), Shelvey, Hayden (Colback 79), Gouffran, Perez (Diame 90), Mitrovic

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Hanley, Murphy, Atsu

I expect Rafa to revert to more of less that same team which played on Good Friday, with only a couple of key changes.

Whilst DeAndre Yedlin was poor along with the rest of them against Ipswich, it was his first start in two months due to injury and I think after another week of training to focus him, he will be selected ahead of Vurnon Anita.

Whilst if Ciaran Clark has came through these last few days of training ok, he must surely come in for Grant Hanley who along with Jamaal Lascelles was really poor at Ipswich.

I would be tempted to play Clark and Mbemba but little/zero chance of Rafa Benitez doing that at such a late/key stage of the season.

Daryl Murphy was one of the few to do himself justice at Portman Road and scored his fifth Championship goal in six starts (plus seven appearances off the bench) but Mitrovic looked much improved against Leeds and sparked off the better atmosphere, so I fancy the Serbian will get another chance by the United boss.

My predicted Rafa Benitez Newcastle team v Preston:

newcastle team v preston

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  • Geordiegiants

    Not a bad side on paper, but footy isn’t played on paper.

  • IIHEAT

    Dummett is a liability, has no common sense when clearing the ball.

    Apart from that the side looks good enough to spank Preston.

    • Geordiegiants

      Dummett has been playing very well in my opinion. I’m not saying he is a world beater, but he is doing a good solid job at the minute.

      • IIHEAT

        To be honest I’m still bitter over his last few performances, but I suppose he hasn’t been bad all season.

        • Scottpaige

          There have been far worse players than Dummett in that side this season !!!!!.

          • IIHEAT

            Shutup man you numbty, Dummett was terrible!

          • Scottpaige

            Right clown you lad. One min he’s bad next min your saying “I suppose he hasn’t been bad”.

            Which is it you idiot?

    • Scottpaige

      Shut up u clown

      • IIHEAT

        Why? Stop being a tw@, I’m entitled to my opinion you batty!

  • Hughie

    Dummett is fine– Perez is the problem. Mitro not much better. Murphy at 9, Goofy at 10 with Atsu or even Sammy on the wing.

    • Geordiegiants

      Ha ha we are scraping the barrel when we are giving a place to an Ameobi 😳.

  • Mrkgw

    Based upon the published line up above; drop Darlow and Lascelles. Bring in Elliott and Mbemba.

    • superalansuddick

      Elliott starts, Mbemba on the bench.

  • hetonmag

    Only 3 wrong Sam Darlow, Goufy, Yedlin are out in comes Elliot, Anita, Atsu.