WATCH: Aleksandar Mitrovic STARTS for Newcastle against Preston

Aleksandar Mitrovic starts for Newcastle United against Preston North End this afternoon.

The Championship leaders take on Simon Grayson's side at Deepdale (3pm kick-off).

United manager Rafa Benitez is without Dwight Gayle and Jack Colback through injury.

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Newcastle lead the division by three points after five consecutive league wins.

United beat Preston 6-0 at St James's Park on Tuesday night in a fourth-round EFL Cup tie.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, centre

Aleksandar Mitrovic, centre

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran; Mitrovic. Subs: Sels, Hanley, Lazaar, Anita, Perez, Gamez, Atsu.

PRESTON NORTH END: Maxwell, Baptiste, Clarke, Wright, Cunningham, Gallagher, Pearson, Johnson, Pringle, Robinson, Hugill. Subs: Lindegaard, Spurr, Huntington, Vermijl, Doyle, Makienok, Beckford.

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