The Newcastle team v Preston has been revealed for the second friendly of pre-season.

The hosts are ahead of NUFC in terms of preparation for the new season, with the Championship kicking off a week earlier than the Premier League.

The travelling fans will be hoping to see their first sighting of Maquillo and especially Jacob Murphy.

Expect lots of substitutions throughout the game this afternoon (22 players were used in total at Hearts) but this is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Elliot, Mbemba, Hanley, Lejeune, Dummett, Atsu, Diamé, Shelvey (c), Aarons, De Jong, Mitrović

Subs:

Darlow, Woodman, Clark, Manquillo, Yedlin, Colback, Hayden, Murphy, Roberts, Pérez, Gayle

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 1 Newcastle 2

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 1 Newcastle 2

Saturday 22 July – Gateshead (at International Stadium)

Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)

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



  • Peter Redding

    Lejune starts according to your lineup ?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He`s got 2 right backs on the bench & starts with a central defender in that position
    is he on something ?

    • Jimblag23

      That is odd.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I`m sure Clarko will be along soon to explain everything

        • grantham mag

          YOU mean dumbo

          • MadMag83

            Depends if there’s an opinion he can find fault with so he can ask the same question six times despite it being answered, then he can claim he’s somehow won the argument because the other person has got fed up repeating themselves to the moron……

          • grantham mag

            Moron, sums him perfectly.

        • Wor Lass

          Is that your “informed opinion”?

    • Natturner26

      He’s already bought 4 fullbacks, bringing our total number of fullbacks to 6. Fullback is the position I’m most worried about for this season. He might be on something!

      • Paul Smith

        Quite possible that Lazaar and Gamez will be out the door if we can find anyone who will take them.

    • Paul Smith

      Maybe he doesn’t see Mbemba as primarly a central defender going forward… Anita was a central midfielder until we started using him as right back and he actually turned out to be far better at right back than he was in central midfield.

      Also there might be an issue of 1 of those right backs not being considered ready to start yet… Manquillo only joined 2 days ago. And i’d expect that 1 of them will be coming on for the 2nd half anyway.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Mbemba was & is the best central defender to carry the ball forward

  • Lhc

    I often wonder why we bought yedlin when he is mainly used as sub and always played Anita who wasn’t naturally a right back and funnily enough we released

    • Paul Smith

      Anita Started 26 league and cup games last season and Yedlin started 25… Not sure about each players availability due to injury and suspension but i’d call that even. Benitez rotated both because we were often playing games in 7 days.

      • Lhc

        Explain to me why we use a central midfielder as a right back for majority of the season when we bought a right back for 5 million quid?!?! Doesn’t make sense.

  • Lhc

    De Jong I think will be used this season and will be seen as ‘like a new signing’

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I`d rather play a one legged De Jong than SloMo

      • Lhc

        true

  • Leicester Mag

    Mitro scored. Not everyone’s cup of tea but I still think there’s a diamond in the rough there.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      1-1

  • Leazes Ender

    Whats the score?

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      1-1. “Another useful pre-season outing” to those in the know.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Brilliant

        Viva La Rafalution