Matz Sels and Achraf Lazaar handed EFL Cup starts for Newcastle

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Matz Sels and Achraf Lazaar have been handed EFL Cup starts for Newcastle United.

The club takes on Hull City at the KCOM Stadium tonight (7.45pm kick-off) with a place in the last four of the competition at stake.

And United manager Rafa Benitez has made SEVEN changes to the side that was beaten 1-0 by Blackburn Rovers at St James's Park on Saturday.

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Jamaal Lascelles, Vurnon Anita, Dwight Gayle, Mohamed Diame and Yoan Gouffran also come into the starting XI.

Lazaar last start was in September's EFL Cup 2-0 third-round win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James's Park.

Sels was last in goal for Newcastle's 6-0 cup win over Preston North End last month.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Sels; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Lazaar; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran; Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Dummett, Mbemba, Yedlin, Tiote, Atsu, Murphy.

HULL CITY: Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Maguire, Dawson, Robertson; Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore; Diomande, Mbokani, Snodgrass. Subs: Marshall, Davies, Weir, Henriksen, Tymon, Bowen, Olley.