COMMENT By Will Butcher

Rafa Benitez sould change all of his defence and goalkeeper as he looks to keep his first team fresh for Saturday’s grudge match against Aston Villa.

Former Nottingham Forest shot stopper Karl Darlow could come into the side as one of nine changes for just his second appearance of the season, in place of Belgian number one Matz Sels.

The 25-year-old featured between the sticks for Newcastle during the second round of the EFL Cup, and manager Benitez must look to give him some game time to prevent him from becoming unhappy with his lack of playing time.


Former Champions League defender Jesus Gamez should also come into the side after playing just 110 minutes of first-team football this season.

New centre-back duo Ciaran Clark and Grant Hanley should to come in for captain Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba, who need a breather after partnering each other three times in seven days.

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£5million United States international DeAndre Yedlin should make his first start at right-back, with new signings Christian Atsu and Achraf Lazaar on the wings for the Magpies.

Jack Colback is set to come in for Isaac Hayden who was substituted on Saturday, while Aleksander Mitrovic deserves to play ahead of the rested Dwight Gayle.

A win for the Magpies could see them face the likes of Leicester, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

In other Newcastle news, fans will be delighted at this update on Vurnon Anita.