Newcastle’s tough start to the season refuses to go away, with Leicester City next up.
The Foxes did some brilliant business over the summer, and have followed it up with a decent start to the season. They may have lost Riyad Mahrez, but they have a new chief orchestrator in James Maddison.
Newcastle picked up their second point of the season away to Crystal Palace, and will face another tough game when Leicester head up north.
How should Newcastle line up?
After picking up a hard-fought clean sheet, there is no reason for Newcastle’s back five to change.
Martin Dubravka made some decent saves, while the partnership of Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez continued to flourish. Fernandez particularly looked established at the back, much to the anger of Wilfried Zaha.
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Newcastle’s midfield four struggled to create anything at Palace, but with options limited on the bench, surely Rafa Benitez won’t make any changes.
Ayoze Perez looked lost once again, but following Benitez’s post-match comments about Yoshinori Muto, it’s hard to believe he’ll start on Saturday.
With Salomon Rondon ruled out of the clash with Leicester, Joselu gets another chance to lead the line.
The Spaniard did well off the bench last weekend, looking more likely to score than Rondon did.
And even more positively, Joselu can take confidence from last season, having found the net against Leicester in a 3-2 defeat.
Predicted Newcastle line up: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett; Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy; Perez, Joselu.