It’s been a baptism of fire for Rafael Benitez. After facing title chasing Leicester in his first game, his side battled for a point at home against bitter rivals Sunderland the following weekend.
What comes next is a no-less daunting trip to fellow strugglers Norwich, in what is already being touted as a relegation six-pointer.
The Magpies will be buoyed by the returns of Daryl Janmaat and Cheick Tiote, but there’s no return for Fabricio Coloccini, and goalkeeper Rob Elliot will be out for the rest of the season.
With injuries and suspensions in mind, it will be interesting to see how Benitez shuffles his pack against a Canaries side on the hunt for back-to-back wins, for the first time since January 2.
Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Newcastle line up.