The Newcastle team v Hearts has been revealed for the first friendly starting eleven of pre-season.

The hosts are ahead of NUFC in terms of preparation for the new season, having already had a number of friendlies and they face Elgin in a Scottish League Cup match in only four days time.

A number of Newcastle players were counted out, with Matt Ritchie recovering from injury.

Also, DeAndre Yedlin has had extra time off due to having played international football this summer, whilst Karl Darlow isn’t involved as talks with Middlesbrough are ongoing.

Expect lots of substitutions throughout the game tonight but this is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Elliot, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba, Haidara, Aarons, Shelvey, Diamé, Atsu, De Jong, Gayle


Woodman, Gamez, Hanley, Dummett, Lazaar, Lejeune, Colback, Saivet, Armstrong, Pérez, Mitrovic

Hopefully the players get a good workout and most importantly, no injuries are picked up.

New signing Florian Lejeune starts on the bench but no doubt will get some time on the pitch tonight.

The full first team and reserve/Under 23 pre-season schedules are as follows so far –

The first team friendlies:

Friday 14 July – Hearts away 7.45pm

Saturday 22 July – Preston away 3pm

Wednesday 26 July – Bradford away 7.30pm

Saturday 29 July – Mainz away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Wednesday 2 August – Wolfsburg away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Sunday 6 August – Hellas Verona home 3pm

Under 23/Reserves pre-season friendlies:

Monday 17 July – Darlington (at the Northern Echo Arena)

Saturday 22 July – Gateshead (at International Stadium)

Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)

Saturday 29 July – AZ Alkmaar or Whitby (at Whitby Town)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Viva La Rafalution

  • Biggs Darklighter

    That team is 5 players short of being capable of winning a premier league fixture. And only 5 of the 11 substitutes are worth keeping.

    Either charnley, Ashley or both of them are the problem.

    If there is not good investment before the end of the month, this is going to end very badly.

    Like Keegan and Shearer before him if Benitez leaves, this has to be the final straw.

    • Cuh736

      Are you following the game?

    • Scottpaige

      Give it a rest. Can all the doom and gloomers start their own website?. Then u can sit together and have a good old rant

      Yawn 😴

  • Leazes Ender

    Who won?

    • Jimblag23

      2-1 to us I think?

      • Clarko


    • Clarko

      So you were able to come on here, comment, ask for the result and then wait and check back for a response. Why couldn’t you find the result on your own again?

    • Clarko

      You’re a complete moron, absolutley brainless.

  • toonterrier

    Toon win 2-1 Gayle scored both.

  • Leazes Ender

    Viva la Rafalution.

  • We need to get rid off Haidara, Diame and Colback pronto. The rest have really impressed, even Saivet played well from what I’ve heard. Will definitely be watching next few friendlies.