Newcastle host Crystal Palace at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Rafa Benitez’ side will look to end a run of two successive Premier League games without a win, having lost 2-0 to Arsenal on Monday night, coming off the back of a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth before the international break.
Crystal Palace meanwhile will be looking to get back on track, having fallen foul to Tottenham in their opening game at their new stadium. Roy Hodgson’s men, who lost 2-0 against Spurs, are just one point above Newcastle in the Premier League table.
Here is the starting XI we predict Benitez to pick for Newcastle…
One of the best performing goalkeepers outside of the top fix.
The full-back faces a late fitness test to be available, but if he passes fit, he will definitely start.
Newcastle’s captain, he will be expected to lead the defensive line.
Lascelles’ defensive partner, who will continue to feature over Federico Fernandez.
Newcastle’s first-choice on the left-side of defence, the Wales international keeps his space.
One of the most creative players at Newcastle’s disposal, he will start.
With both Isaac Hayden and Mo Diame doubtful with late fitness test to be undergone, Shelvey could be ready to step up.
The January signing has looked impressive for the club, and will definitely play.
Kenedy made an appearance off the bench against Arsenal, and could look to earn his way back into the line-up with other midfield options unavailable.
Consistently causes opposing sides issues, and will likely play alongside or behind the striker for the Magpies.
Rafa Benitez has implored Rondon to continue scoring for Newcastle to earn himself a permanent deal, and the Venezuelan will be given another chance to do so.