Picking the Best Potential Newcastle Lineup to Face Brighton on Saturday

​Newcastle suffered their fifth defeat in their last six games as league leaders Manchester City left St. James' Park with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday.


Rafael Benitez and his side need to put the defeat behind them as they prepare for a clash with Brighton on Saturday. The Magpies will be hoping to secure a vital three points to move them away from the sides in the relegation zone.


Here's who the manager could select for the game:

Goalkeeper

  • Elliot
    Elliot1

​Rob Elliot will continue in goal.

Defence

  • Yedlin
    Yedlin22
  • Lascelles
    Lascelles6
  • Clark
    Clark2
  • Dummett
    Dummett3

​Benitez may look to revert to a back four following after utilising a back five played against ​Manchester City. Chancel Mbemba and Javier Manquillo look set to be dropped with Kieran Clark returning to the defence to partner Jamaal Lascelles.


DeAndre Yedlin will continue at right-back, while Paul Dummett will likely shift across to left-back. 

Midfield

  • Diamé
    Diamé10
  • Merino
    Merino23
  • Ritchie
    Ritchie11
  • Shelvey
    Shelvey8
  • Murphy
    Murphy7

There will likely be changes in midfield also, as Rolando Aarons looks to make way for Mikel Merino and Matt Ritchie in midfield.


Mohamed Diame could partner Merino at the heart of midfield, pushing Jonjo Shelvey further up the field to support the lone striker; while Jacob Murphy and ​Newcastle's top assist provider Matt Ritchie occupy the wings. 

Forwards

  • Gayle
    Gayle9

​Bentiez will look to continue his rotation policy and bring in Dwight Gayle to replace Joselu up front. 


Gayle is Newcastle's joint-top scorer this season - alongside Joselu - with three goals this season, and will look to use his pace to trouble the ​Brighton centre-backs.

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