Chancel Mbemba handed shock Newcastle start

Chancel Mbemba and Rafa Benitez
Chancel Mbemba and Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez has named his Newcastle United starting XI for tonight's game against Burton Albion.

Benitez's second-placed side can retake the Championship lead with a win at St James's Park (7.45pm kick-off).

United's manager has handed Chancel Mbemba a start in defence alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles.

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Grant Hanley drops down to the bench.

Mohamed Diame starts alongside Jonjo Shelvey in midfield, with Ayoze Perez at No 10, while Sammy Ameobi is on the bench along with Massadio Haidara, who has spoken about his long wait for a league outing.

Isaac Hayden – who returned from injury in the weekend's win over Wigan Athletic – is not among the substitutes.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Gayle. Subs: Elliot, Gamez, Haidara, Hanley, Gouffran, Ameobi, Murphy.

BURTON ALBION: McLaughlin, Brayford, Turner, Flanagan, Mousinho, Christensen, Murphy, Irvine, Sordell, Akins, Varney. Subs: Bywater, McFadzean, Dyer, Woodrow, McCrory, Naylor, Kightly.

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