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7th Mar, 2017 | 7:01pm

Newcastle confirmed line-up v Reading: Benitez makes three changes

By Dominic Toner

Newcastle have made three changes to their starting XI for the Championship match away to Reading on Tuesday night.

The Magpies travel to fifth-placed Reading for a league encounter and will be hoping to strengthen their grip at the top of the table.

Rafael Benitez has decided to make three alterations to his side from the team that beat Huddersfield 3-1 on Saturday.

Jesus Gamez, Yoan Gouffran and Ayoze Perez have come into the side to freshen the line-up

Meanwhile, Vurnon Anita, Christian Atsu and Mohamed Diame have been dropped.

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Newcastle have announced their starting line-up on their official Twitter account.

Newcastle have recorded crucial victories over promotion rivals Huddersfield and Brighton in recent games, meaning they are five points clear at the top of the table.

They have an 11-point gap over third-placed Huddersfield and are in a very strong position to secure automatic promotion this season.

Tuesday’s opponents Reading are set to be another tough test, though, and are vying for a play-off spot.

Jaap Stam’s side beat Wolves 2-1 in their last game and will be hoping their home support can play a factor against Newcastle.

Benitez will be hoping his side can keep the Reading attackers quiet, with the likes of Yann Kermorgant and Garath McCleary dangerous players for the Royals.

In other Newcastle team news, David Prutton has predicted the clash against Reading.

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