Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United will look to get back to winning ways in the Championship on Friday when they host Leeds United at St James’ Park (7.45pm kick-off).
The Magpies went down 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend to lose top spot in the division to Brighton, but with a ten point gap to third place Huddersfield Town and with just five games to go, it would require something quite incredible for the Magpies not to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.
However, they’ll look to put more daylight between themselves and the chasing pack with victory over Garry Monk’s Leeds on Friday, who themselves are eyeing up a return to the Premier League next season.
The Yorkshire outfit are fifth in the division having won 22 of their 41 league games, and got back to winning ways last weekend with an easy 3-0 success over Preston.
Before then, Monk’s men had won just one of their five games, but that win at Elland Road last time out means they are five points clear of seventh place Fulham with just five matches to go.
Nonetheless, Benitez’s Magpies will be confident of recording a 27th league victory of the campaign on Friday, although the former Real Madrid boss may have to make a few changes to his starting eleven.
Thus, here are THREE Newcastle stars who deserve a chance against Leeds…