Predicted Newcastle team v Fulham for Rafa’s first birthday
Here is the predicted Newcastle team v Fulham that I think Rafa Benitez will choose for this afternoon’s game.
On the day that he celebrates his first birthday of being in charge at the club, I think that Rafa will treat it just like any other (match)day.
Unless there are any injury surprises such as the DeAndre Yedlin one when the Reading team was announced, I can’t see a great diversion from the usual plan.
Lining up 4-2-3-1, Rafa will surely bring Dwight Gayle in today after giving him an easier comeback introduction off the bench, at both Huddersfield and Reading.
Daryl Muphy set to drop to the bench and no doubt plenty eyes on whether Mitrovic will have earned a place next to him after being left out of the least two matchday squads.
Matt Ritchie was the biggest threat on Tuesday night and came closest to a goal when hitting the post, his place looks assured.
However, the other two of that three behind Dwight Gayle is up in the air. Neither Perez or Diame are impressing when playing from the start but the Spaniard generally gets the nod more often than not at home.
On the left, it looks another toss-up between Gouffran and Atsu, with hopefully the Ghanaian international selected to give United more of a threat at home.
Alongside Jonjo Shelvey, it looks sure to be Jack Colback, with Rafa confirming that Isaac Hayden is still ruled out, along with Yedlin and Aarons.
The back five picks itself with the exception of right-back. The United boss said Vurnon Anita wasn’t physically able to start at Reading after playing against Huddersfield only three days earlier but he should start today with Jesus Gamez returning to his usual place on the bench.
My predicted Rafa Benitez Newcastle team v Fulham:
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