This is the predicted Newcastle team v Everton for Monday night’s match.
On Friday, Rafa Benitez revealed that only Christian Atsu was ruled out, the winger having a knee problem and the manager saying he was taking no chance with players now that safety was assured.
For a manager who has been accused of maybe rotating his side too much in the past, you certainly couldn’t say that at the minute.
Rafa Benitez brought in three loan signings during the January window, with Newcastle still deep in relegation trouble.
Kenedy arrived first and straight away started and starred in the draws against Burnley and Crystal Palace.
Martin Dubravka and Islam Slimani only arrived on deadline day, the Slovakian keeper thrown in at the deep end at home to Man Utd 11 days later, whilst Slimani arrived injured and stayed that way for some time.
Whether he intended it that way or whether results and performances have dictated it, from Dubravka’s debut there was a remarkable change in team selection policy.
Apart from at Anfield where Rafa picked a different formation/selection to try and confound Jurgen Klopp, Newcastle have had exactly the same starting eleven as from 11 February 2018.
Against Man Utd, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Southampton, Leicester and Arsenal, the same 11 players have started all six matches.
With five wins and a draw (which should have been a win when leading 2-0 at Bournemouth…), why would Rafa change it?
Nevertheless, with Islam Slimani now finally fully fit and Dwight Gayle now scoring goals, fans are now thinking towards the loan striker getting a start.
I think he will…but in another five days time.
I think Rafa will be desperate to get at least a draw at Goodison, to keep the run going and the obvious Liverpool connection.
Plus, I think it will certainly be a match where it will be a case of keep things tight early on and expect a lot of work, starting at the front with Dwight Gayle.
Then introduce Slimani with 25 or so minutes to go as an impact sub, which worked brilliantly against Arsenal.
Then who knows against West Brom next Saturday…Slimani and Perez, or even Slimani and Gayle?
Tonight first and expect the same line-up and hopefully the same result as the last four games in this run.
The predicted Newcastle team v Everton:
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