Newcastle United news: Benitez faces the media, Mitrovic decision explained

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Rafa Benitez will face the media this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's home game against Ipswich Town.

Championship leaders Newcastle United are looking for a third successive win.

And manager Benitez will address journalists at 1pm this afternoon.

For news and updates from Benitez's media call, follow our live blog here.

Jamaal Lascelles, Benitez's captain, has been talking about an unseen change at the club off the field which has helped transform Newcastle's fortunes on the pitch.

We also look at why Benitez has been reluctant to partner 11-goal leading scorer Dwight Gayle with Aleksandar Mitrovic.

United midfielder Cheick Tiote will stay at the club until January with the transfer window in the United Arab Emirates now closed.

Finally, Newcastle have issued a message to fans ahead of Tuesday night's EFL Cup tie against Preston North End at St James's Park.

The club has urged fans to buy tickets early after strong demand in recent days.

Tickets bought BEFORE matchday are priced at £10 for adults and £3 for concussions. However, the prices rise to £20 for adults and £10 for concessions on Tuesday.

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