Rafa Benitez makes FIVE changes for Newcastle's visit to Ipswich

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Rafa Benitez has made five changes for Newcastle United's visit to Portman Road.

Benitez's second-placed side take on Ipswich Town in the Championship this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

And United's manager has recalled ex-Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy to his starting XI along with DeAndre Yedlin, Grant Hanley, Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu.

Newcastle, held to a 1-1 draw at home by Leeds United on Good Friday, are four points behind league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion and eight points ahead of third-placed Huddersfield Town, who take on Derby County this evening.

Mick McCarthy says Ipswich have missed Murphy, who joined Newcastle last summer.

The striker scored 67 times in 226 games for the the club during three loan spells and one permanent spell at Portman Road.

The Sir Bobby Robson status at Portman Road

The Sir Bobby Robson status at Portman Road

“Murph was brilliant for us, and we have missed him, no doubt about that,” said McCarthy. “We have missed his goals, his power, his pace and his ability up front to stick the ball for us.

“We have tried a number of things to replace him that haven’t worked.

“He has not played on a regular basis up there, but when he came on in a game recently, he actually changed the game for them. He’s played more now, and he is a damn good championship player.”

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Diame, Atsu; Murphy. Subs: Elliot, Colback, Perez, Mbemba, Gouffran, Gamez, Mitrovic.

IPSWICH TOWN: Bialkowski, Chambers, Berra, Skuse, McGoldrick, Spence, Ward, Sears, Lawrence, Kenlock, Huws. Subs: Crowe, Smith, Pitman, Bru, Emmanuel, Diagouraga, Samuel.

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