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If Gayle ruled out: Would you play Mitrovic or Murphy, or both, v Wolves? Vote now

5 years ago

Wolves v Newcastle next up on Saturday as the Magpies look to ensure that they continue at the top of the Championship.

Brighton can, at least temporarily, go above Newcastle if they beat Burton, their 3pm home game preceding Newcastle’s visit to Molineux at 5.30pm with live coverage of the game on Sky Sports.

Dwight Gayle is reported to be still a major doubt for this game and with six matches in three weeks following Saturday’s fixture, it would surely be a massive surprise if Rafa Benitez threw his star striker straight in, even if he was available.

So with Dwight Gayle only set to be on the bench at the very best, what should Rafa Benitez do with his first eleven selection against Wolves?

Daryl Murphy came in and impressed against Brentford, scoring the winner when coming off the bench.

The Irish international then following that with his first league start for Newcastle, scoring the vital, and excellent, first goal in the eventual 4-0 hammering of Rotherham.

Keeping his place for QPR, Murphy had a disappointing night with terrible service and was subbed for Sammy Ameobi with 24 minutes remaining.

Last Saturday, Murphy was left on the bench and Aleksandar Mitrovic given his chance, the first Championship match he had started since November.

The Serbian didn’t have the best of games, although he did get an assist for the only goal when laying it off for Matt Ritchie to shoot, plus he linked up play quite well at times in the first half, despite his mobility looking even worse than normal.

So what would your choice be?

Mitrovic up front by himself, or Murphy given the lone striker role for Wolves v Newcastle?

The other option is of course to play the pair together, which is exactly what Rafa Benitez did in the FA Cup at Birmingham, only for a nasty looking injury to happen to Mitrovic, at the same time as Murphy put United ahead.

With that incident happening in the first 10 minutes, we have no idea just how that partnership might work out.

So vote below and let us know whether you’d fancy Daryl Murphy or Aleksandar Mitrovic, or both, to get their chance on Saturday.


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