Newcastle expected 4-2-3-1 v Swansea: 23-year-old axed in two changes
By Derek Smithson
Newcastle United are expected to make two changes to their starting line-up when they travel to Swansea on Sunday.
The Magpies are set to make two adjustments to the team that beat West Ham 3-0 in emphatic fashion during their last game.
Defensive pair Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Member are set to be axed from the starting XI by manager Rafael Benitez.
Meanwhile, Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin are both set to return to the side after recovering from injury knocks.
Newcastle centre-back Lascelles, 23, may be the captain of the side but is not currently considered in the best XI.
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He will have to work hard to dislodge team-mates Ciaran Clark and summer signing Lejeune from the side.
Rob Elliot is set to continue in the Newcastle net and the goalkeeper has managed to consolidate his position as number one ahead of Karl Darlow.
There is set to be a new-look defence for the trip to Swansea and Yedlin is set to come back into the side at right-back with his brilliant athleticism a real asset.
Meanwhile, Javier Manquillo is a versatile full-back that could swap over to the left flank while Paul Dummett remains sidelined.
Clark and Lejeune are likely to be the preferred centre-back combination for Benitez this season, who should reunite at the Liberty Stadium.
Newcastle do have a selection headache in the midfield as Jonjo Shelvey is available again after serving his suspension, but is likely to be on the bench.
The duo of Isaac Hayden and Mikel Merino worked brilliantly against West Ham and are set for another chance to impress.
Matt Ritchie delivered a man of the match display in his last game and is likely to continue on the right wing, while the pacy Christian Atsu keep his place on the opposite flank.
Ayoze Perez is set to play in the number 10 role and has made a strong start since the club’s return to the top flight.
That leaves summer signing Joselu as the centre-forward and he is currently in pole position ahead of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle.
In other Newcastle United team news, Michael Owen has predicted the league clash against Swansea.