By Amir Mir 

Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle start for Newcastle against Leeds – and fans on Twitter are hoping for a good performance from their side.

Rafa Benitez’ league leaders take on Garry Monk’s promotion chasing side with a sell-out crowd expected at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

Striker Gayle, who is the Championship’s top scorer this term with 11 goals, starts the match, alongside midfielder Shelvey.

Fans hailed the cracking line-up named by their manager as the Magpies aim to secure their eight consecutive league win.

One supporter backed his team to beat the Yorkshire outfit 3-1, with Mitrovic, Gayle and Shelvey getting on the scoresheet.

Additionally fans hailed the potential title winning team they had on their hands as they predicted that Leeds will struggle with the pace the away side will possess.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Striker Gayle has played 13 Championship and EFL Cup fixtures this season, scoring 11 goals and providing one assist.

Former Premier League player Shelvey has played 19 Championship and EFL Cup games where he has provided six assists and scored three goals.

Benitez’ side currently have 37 points from 16 games, two points ahead of Brighton, who drew 1-1 with Aston Villa on Friday night.

Their opponents are in 7th place with 26 points, but could overtake Norwich, who hold the final play-off spot, with a point or a win in this tricky home fixture.

In other Newcastle team news, Leeds assistant manager Pep Clotet has issued a rallying call ahead of their clash with the Magpies.