Picking the Best Potential Newcastle United Lineup to Play Stoke City on Saturday

​Newcastle United welcome Stoke City to St James' Park on Saturday, and Magpies boss Rafa Benitez will hope to get his third victory in as many games after his side have won their last two collecting two clean sheets along the way.


Here's how they could line up.

Goalkeeper

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​Rob Elliot will be overjoyed at his two consecutive clean sheets, and will be aiming for a third against a capable Stoke City side.

Defence

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  • Lascelles
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  • Clark
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  • Gámez
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Jamaal Lascelles scored the only goal of the game against Swansea City last week after getting on the end of a cross from Matt​ Ritchie, but the 23-year-old skipper's attentions will be on Stoke's Jese Rodriguez who has impressed his new fans in recent weeks.


Jesus Gámez is likely to retain his place at left-back as Chancel Mbemba continues to recover from a hamstring strain picked up during the international break.

Midfield

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  • Hayden
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  • Ritchie
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  • Ayoze
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  • Atsu
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​Christian Atsu is likely to regain his place in the attack ahead of Jacob Murphy who pipped him to the starting XI against Swansea. Murphy failed to impress in the game and was substituted for Atsu just before the hour mark.


Benitez appears to have taken a shine to new Borussia Dortmund loanee Mikel Merino after the 21-year-old Spaniard expertly stepped in for the suspended Jonjo Shelvey.

Forwards

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Joselu will likely lead the line against his old club after ​starting his last two games for the Magpies. Benitez appears to regard the 27-year-old as the most capable striker at the club, ahead of Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic, and the Spaniard will hope to repay his manager's faith with goals on Saturday.


Expect to see Gayle make a late appearance if Joselu fails to make an impression against the Potters.