This is the predicted Newcastle team v Luton for the FA Cup third round.
Rafa Benitez revealing at his press conference on Friday afternoon that Aleksandar Mitrovic (back) and Jesus Gamez (ankle) are both sidelined.
He also said that Chancel Mbemba has picked up a knee injury and will miss, Florian Lejeune (foot) is still out, whilst Joselu is also a doubt. No mention of Rob Elliot but he has missed the last two games and guessing he remains out.
The Newcastle boss also indicating that he was going to be putting out a stronger team than maybe fans were imagining, Rafa pointing out there is a full week before Swansea next Saturday:
“We play only one game this week, so we can try to put a team out that, for me, will be enough to win this game.
“We are playing against a good, well organised team with lots of confidence, so we cannot underestimate them.
“We have experience in the cups in England, and every game is difficult. You cannot go into any game with overconfidence.
“We will try to win this game and see if we can progress.
“We will have a strong team (against Luton) and I will try to play a strong team to make sure that we put everything in and try to win.”
It must be a knocking bet that Freddie Woodman gets a deserved senior start, whilst I think whatever Rafa says, he will be looking after his key players.
A bit unfortunate that the likes of fringe players such as Gamez, Mbemba, Lejeune and Mitrovic are unavailable, meaning the United boss will probably have to play the odd player he’d rather not.
I think Sterry and Haidara will be drafted in as full-backs, with Dummett moving inside to play centre-back, whilst due to Mbemba’s absence Ciaran Clark will probably have to play.
I think Aarons and Murphy look good bets for the wings, whilst Henri Saivet should get another game after not featuring since his goal at West Ham. Isaac Hayden might play alongside him after not featuring much recently.
Up front is tricky and no surprise if we see Perez stay up there with Diame in behind.
Not the strongest team but one that should take care of Luton.
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