Looking to get back to winning ways, Newcastle United welcome Birmingham City to St. James’ Park on Saturday licking their wounds.
Such is the nature of their champagne campaign under Rafa Benitez, the Magpies are not used to losing, especially three in a row.
They were handed a huge boost by the FA earlier this week as the red cards shown to both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett at Nottingham Forest were overturned.
Clearly, that’s a big plus for the Toon Army, though it does little to rectify a result taken off of them at the City Ground, so their clash with Gary Rowett’s Blues is a crucial one.
Ahead of the typically frantic festive period, they need to keep setting pace at the summit of the Championship as much as they can.
With that in mind, here’s the eleven Benitez should field to batter Birmingham this weekend.
Do you agree?