This is the predicted Newcastle team v Chelsea for Sunday afternoon’s match.

A 1.30pm kick-off at Stamford Bridge as Newcastle fans wait to see if the team can be the first to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup during Mike Ashley’s time at the club.

Matters are complicated with a Premier League game against Burnley only three days later but I still fancy Rafa Benitez to choose a stronger team than many will expect.

If fit enough to start, then surely Aleksandar Mitrovic will get a game up front.

The Serbian striker is desperate for regular football and Rafa is desperate to sell him, so visible proof of fitness if he plays, could hopefully help get a deal sorted.

Newcastle will once again be expecting to defend more than they attack and I can see Ayoze Perez selected in behind. He and Mitro did ok together at times in the relegation season and could be paired once again.

I think Christian Atsu will be given his chance back at the club where he was on their books for years without getting a game. He has been very up and down this season so hopefully with a point to prove he will do so on Sunday.

Jacob Murphy is really growing into his role this season and a class goal at Manchester City will see confidence soaring. Rafa will fancy having pace on the wings with neither Mitro or Perez very quick – Murphy also having helped create the goal when Dwight Gayle scored here in the 3-1 Premier League defeat.

Rafa Benitez doesn’t seem to have any clear idea of who exactly is his first choice centre of midfield and I think it could be the turn of Merino and Hayden to be paired together. Merino said in a recent interview that he is creeping closer to full fitness and this should be another step towards that.

I can see Rafa looking after Jamaal Lascelles ahead of the Burnley match and perhaps Paul Dummett as well. Lascelles has become the key player this season as his presence improves though around him, whilst Paul Dummett has arguably been Newcastle’s best defender in the last couple of matches.

I think both will be kept for Wednesday night and Chancel Mbemba get a rare start alongside Ciaran Clark, with Yedlin back in and Manquillo returning to the left.

Karl Darlow continued his form since getting back in the team and made a few cracking saves at Manchester City. However, now he’s fit again, I think Rob Elliot will be given game on Sunday.

Chelsea made nine changes for their home match with Norwich, so interesting how strong a team they put up, but the Newcastle team below could just maybe get a result. A parting present from Mitro?

The predicted Newcastle team v Chelsea:

newcastle team v chelsea

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NUFC win 2-0 50/1NUFC lead at half-time 11/2NUFC to score 2 or more goals 14/5

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  • Rich Lawson

    With Barca in the next round of the Champion’s League,this is Conte’s only chance of silverware this season so expect a strong side. If Mitro’ is ever going to get a game this season as a starter this has to be it ? Protect our free scoring other forwards from injury before Burnley and have a go,no one is expecting a cup run,it doesn’t affect the Prem’,put some surprises out and attack for a change from the start rather than the last 10 min’s ?

  • Paul Patterson

    Mitrovic, Mbemba and Merino won’t start.

    • Peaky Magpie

      None of them mate,nee chance.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Not a bad team at all saw them beat Chelsea away in the cup recently four three so anything is possible.

  • NUFCDan

    Since he’s trying to sell Mitro I don’t think he’ll risk him either getting injured again or putting in another lethargic performance where he ambles around doing nothing.

  • Wor Lass

    I think that Lascelles will start as long as he`s fully fit. If there is still any doubt whatsoever about his groin he`ll be rested, though.

  • thewildchimp

    Not sure about this setup. We are gonna be aiming to get something from set pieces as well, so Shelvey or Ritchie ought to play. Also, Rafa used to pair Mitro with Diame a lot, so we might expect both him and Perez on the pitch. That is, if Mitro is selected. They are probably gonna weight whether his performance might up or lower his chances of being sold and act accordingly.

    If I was the manager, intent on selling Mitro, I’d fish for corners and fouls around the box until he scores a goal or two. Ideally against tough opponents. If Rafa has put any effort into making Mitro look good in the press and on the pitch, instead of labeling him as a flop – Mitro would’ve been sold weeks ago. That’s how you help players you don’t want. I was wondering why players generally don’t like him when he seems a decent bloke but that interview with Gerrard cleared it.