Date: 27th September 2018 at 11:28am
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OPINION

Newcastle United go in search of their first win of the season when they welcome Leicester City to St. James’ Park on Saturday, and Rafa Benitez must make two key changes to his starting XI.

The Magpies are coming in on the back of a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace, a result which gave them just their second point of the season after six matches.

They are one of just three teams in the division without a win so far this season, with the Toon sitting in the bottom three with those two sides, Cardiff and Huddersfield.

The visit of Leicester is definitely a winnable game for Newcastle but Benitez must get his team selection spot on for that to happen.

In goal, Martin Dubravka must start as usual.

In front of him, a back four of DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett must all retain their places.

The midfield duo of Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey must also be retained, with both players really feeding off each other well in that position.

On the wings, Matt Ritchie must keep his place, but Kenedy must be axed in favour of Jacob Murphy, who has not been given enough of a chance to impress this season. The Brazilian on the other hand continues to disappoint, and needs a wake up call.

The other change must come in the second striker position, with the hopeless Ayoze Perez seeing the axe for rarely-seen speedster Yoshinori Muto, who needs to be unleashed on the Foxes.

And up front, Salomon Rondon must start if he is fit, although there are big questions over his fitness. If he is not ready, then Joselu must deputise.