We asked fans the question, which 11 players would you pick in your Newcastle team v Chelsea?

We put together a list of the 20 players who could potentially be selected for this 3pm Saturday afternoon kick-off.

Newcastle not having lost at home to Chelsea since 2011.

This time Rafa Benitez is without:

Islam Slimani suspended.

Christian Atsu and Ciaran Clark both injured.

Kenedy ineligible.

Whilst Chancel Mbemba appears to have gone missing, the defender not featuring in any of the recent photos from the training ground. Never mind playing, he hasn’t even made it onto Newcastle’s PL bench since December.

We included him in the list of options though, just in case…

Kenedy’s absence means that both Rafa and the fans, have to find a replacement.

With Christian Atsu also unavailable, it will surely be Jacob Murphy who comes in, unless Rafa Benitez goes with a surprise change of formation.

Murphy picks up 76% support from the fans, making him the 10th highest pick, with Dwight Gayle (66%) the final choice.

Mikel Merino (52%) once again gets just over half the fans choosing him and is 12th highest in terms of percentage support, Joselu (20%) a distant 13th.

It doesn’t bear thinking about if Newcastle had picked up a few more injuries and had been needing points to survive from these last few matches, the NUFC squad badly in need of strengthening this summer.

So this is the fans choice team:

newcastle team v chelsea

Here is the percentage (rounded up or down to nearest whole number) support for each player from the thousands of votes cast:

98% Jamaal Lascelles

97% Matt Ritchie

97% Jonjo Shelvey

96% Martin Dubravka

93% DeAndre Yedlin

88% Florian Lejeune

88% Mohamed Diame

85% Paul Dummett

84% Ayoze Perez

76% Jacob Murphy

66% Dwight Gayle

52% Mikel Merino

20% Joselu

19% Chancel Mbemba

13% Javier Manquillo

10%  Isaac Hayden

8%  Massadio Haidara

7% Rob Elliot

4% Jesus Gamez

4% Karl Darlow

Newcastle v Chelsea Match Betting:

NUFC win 11/2Draw 16/5Chelsea win 4/7

Both teams to score in 1st half 7/2Perez to score 1st goal 19/2NUFC win 2-0 35/1

All Newcastle v Chelsea betting HERE