Confirmed Newcastle team v Braga
Rafa Benitez has named his Newcastle team v Braga.
Newcastle United having beaten St Patrick’s Athletic 2-0 in the opening kickabout, goals from Sean Longstaff and Christian Atsu (penalty).
Then then they moved on to Hull City, Joselu opening the scoring but Ayoze Perez needing to score late for Newcastle to grab a 2-2 draw.
Saturday night saw a very fortunate 0-0 draw at Porto, the Portuguese side somehow failing to score despite completely dominating and hitting the woodwork twice, plus a number of outstanding saves from Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow. Newcastle not having a shot on target.
Tonight’s game is then followed by the sole Newcastle home friendly on Saturday afternoon against Bundesliga club Augsburg.
Rafa naming the following eleven to start tonight (kick-off 7.30m):
Dubravka, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame, Atsu, Perez, Gayle
Darlow, Elliot, Manquillo, Sterry, Schar, Yarney, Ki, Longstaff, Murphy, Fernandez, Roberts, Armstrong, Joselu
One big name missing is Jonjo Shelvey not named in the team or on the bench. It had been reported that he missed at least one training session in recent days but claimed nothing to worry about.
Kenedy still missing, as he spends time with family after his daughter was born.
Rafa Benitez fielding a similar team to Saturday as he nears the first PL match. Gayle, Hayden and Atsu, the only changes for Joselu, Shelvey and Murphy.
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