Newcastle United welcome Leicester City to St. James’ Park on Saturday as they look to secure their first win of the Premier League season, and Rafa Benitez is expected to make just one change to his starting XI.
The Magpies secured a hard-fought point against Crystal Palace last time out, with the back line impressing as they kept out a dangerous attack containing the red-hot Wilfried Zaha.
Benitez’s men are however still winless this season, one of just three teams to still be searching for their first three points, and they currently sit in 18th in the table.
The Spaniard is not expected to make many changes at all to his starting XI, but it does look like there will be one enforced switch in attack for Newcastle.
In goal, Martin Dubravka is expected to start as normal.
A back four of DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett are expected to retain their places.
In midfield, the holding duo of Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame are also expected to be retained, with Benitez’s other options in that area failing to inspire at all this term.
In wide areas, Matt Ritchie and Kenedy are thought to be the likely options, with both retaining their spots, while Ayoze Perez is expected to start again in attacking midfield.
Striker is one area of concern for Benitez, with Salomon Rondon withdrawn at half-time against the Eagles, and the signs have not been promising this week for a return for the 6ft 1in ace so far [Transfermarkt]. That means that £40,000-a-week ace Joselu [Spotrac] is expected to deputise in his place in the only change.