Rafa Benitez to make 4 changes – Strongest 4-4-1-1 Newcastle United XI to face Crystal Palace

Predicted Newcastle line-up to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Newcastle United have only picked up 1 point from their opening 5 games of the season. Rafa Benitez is feeling the effects of not being able to strengthen his squad over the summer. The Magpies were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal last week and endured a lacklustre second half.

The Magpies return to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend and Rafa Benitez will have to be wary of an in-form Wilfried Zaha. Palace have looked dangerous at times and can definitely punish Newcastle on the counter.

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Rafa Benitez will be glad to be able to pick from a fully-fit squad. The Spanish coach has no real injury concerns at this point. However, he is expected to make changes to the team that was deployed last week.

Probable Newcastle United XI

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Martin Dubravka (GK)

Dubravka has proven to be a bargain for Newcastle United. He will continue in goal against the Eagles.

DeAndre Yedlin (RB)

Yedlin’s burst of pace down the flank often poses all sorts of threats. He will start at right-back once again.

Yedlin of Newcastle
DeAndre Yedlin

Ciaran Clark (CB)

Lascelles was subbed off at half-time due to an injury in the last game and Clark will deputise in his absence.

Federico Fernandez (CB)

The centre-back has looked good after making the move from Swansea City. He will partner Clark in this game.

Paul Dummett (LB)

Dummett’s raids down the left flank have often looked good for the Magpies. He will continue at left-back.

Matt Ritchie (RM)

Ritchie’s deilveries into the box have always been a massive asset for the Magpies. He will start in right midfield for this game.

Matt Ritchie

Jonjo Shelvey (RCM)

Shelvey was benched against Arsenal and should return for this one. His quick distribution and ability to pick the locks should prove useful.

Mohamed Diame (LCM)

Diame needs to step up his game a little but his defensive prowess will definitely come handy against a potent Palace attack.

Kenedy (LM)

Kenedy was also a second half substitute in the last game and should start this game.

Ayoze Perez (CAM)

Though not his favourable position, Perez has looked good playing right behind the striker. He should continue in the same role.

Ayoze Perez

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Salomon Rondon (ST)

Rondon should start this game. His strength and aerial prowess will be a massive asset for Newcastle United going forward.

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