Confirmed Newcastle team v Preston: Mitro, Lejeune, Atsu start – Murphy & Manquillo on bench
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
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)
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