This is the Newcastle team v Leicester which now looks a possibility after NUFC fitness updates.

Rafa Benitez having suffered through injuries, looks to be once again getting close to having a full squad of players to choose from.

As well as a squad short on numbers and overall quality, the last thing the United boss needed was injuries to first team regulars such as Lascelles, Merino, Dummett and Atsu.

However, all four of them could now be in line to start on Saturday.

Mikel Merino came back and played two games within four days of each other against West Brom and Chelsea, so he should be now 100% after another week of training on top of that.

Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez has announced that he expects to have both Christian Atsu and Paul Dummett back, he said the pair were close to being available for Chelsea but are now set to be up for selection against Leicester.

On top of that, an interview with Jamaal Lascelles released on Wednesday afternoon has confirmed that he returned to training on Tuesday and is hoping to make the team that starts at St James Park on Saturday at 5.30pm.

Jamaal Lascelles:

“I am going to do everything to try and get back playing as soon as possible, fingers crossed it can be Saturday.

“You just want to come back and try and fix things.

“As I say, hopefully a good week’s worth of training and hopefully I can be in the team on Saturday.

DeAndre Yedlin and Jonjo Shelvey were both left out at Stamford Bridge for a match which always looked to be a thankless task, Rafa taking the opportunity to try out different tactics and personnel in some cases.

I have a feeling though that the manager will be looking to get as many of his first choice players on the pitch against Leicester, so this is my predicted potential Newcastle team v Leicester:

newcastle team v leicester

Newcastle v Leicester Match Betting:

Newcastle win 13/8Draw 23/10Leicester win 19/10

Gayle to score first goal 11/2NUFC win 1-0 8/1 3 or more match goals in first half 13/2

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  • Leazes Ender

    Pay your Taxes BetVictor

  • Paul Patterson

    If I turn up on Saturday and Joselu is up front, one will be most vexed.

  • Peter Stabler

    Wor kid reckons Rafa will use a false no 9 on Saturday but I think he will play Dwight rather than Joselu.

    • Leicester Mag

      Well Hos is certainly false, more like a violation of the trades description act calling this plank a C.F..

  • TheNutJob

    whats this rumour there`s a free Pie & Prosecco supper at Leazes Castle when Fatso leaves

    • Peaky Magpie

      Address please ? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • Kneebotherm8

      Prosecco yes,but no pies mate cos……….he ate all the pies,he ate all the pies,that fat bstrd,that fat bstrd,he ate all the pies.

      • Rich Lawson

        ”Who ate all the pies” ?

        • Kneebotherm8

          I’m telling you fat mike ate all the pies,one doesn’t get to be that shape on salads………. fat twt.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Jizzing our pants that we might get to field our championship team + Merino.

    • The Nut Job

      then again, we might not

    • Geordiegiants

      Exactly, and we have all of these people (thatโ€™s a polite way of putting it) on here blaming Rafa.

  • Wor Lass

    It will be good to get those guys back but I think Murphy deserves another run out. He was just finding his feet in the last couple of games.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He does, but when you`re in the schitt i think Rafa will go for Atsu

  • Peaky Magpie

    Message for Ant & Dec.The next time Dennis โ€œThe Midgetโ€ Wise has to do a task underwater instead of the usual snakes,spiders,crocs etc could we make it more entertaining by perhaps chucking in a plugged in toaster,maybe even with a KK sticker on the side ???? Repugnant little t**t.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Is it just wishful thinking thereโ€™s no Elliot,Mannequin,SloMo,Brylcreem Boy & Hoss in the above line up.Fantasy football Iโ€™m afraid.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Now that looks like a team of the best 11 we have,
    but you never know what Rafa`s going to do


    Be good to see Dummett back, sure the fans who rate him 2.5 every game he plays will agree with me. So fickle on this site, yesterday’s Villian is always today’s hero.

    • Damon Horner

      Agreed. I remember the good old days last season when most articles had a dig at Lascelles too ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

    • Kneebotherm8

      He’s the best (only) left back on the books.

  • Mitros gotta start

    I would love to see that team play….the hoss diame/ perez and lejune are bound to start though…..i hope rafa is trying to prove a point to fatty…..because if he genuinely thinks diame murphy joselu are better than aarons shelvey and mitro then i am starting to question if he is the right man for the job

  • Alreet

    This should be the starting lineup and one that would win but you never know. Diame and perez might make their way in there for a laugh