Ayoze Perez returns for Newcastle, Sammy Ameobi on bench

Rafa Benitez has named his starting XI for Newcastle United's game against Brentford.

Griffin Park
Griffin Park

The two club's face meet at Griffin Park this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

And fit-again Ayoze Perez returns to the starting XI at the 12,673-capacity stadium, while Sammy Ameobi, back from a half-season loan at Bolton Wanderers, is on the bench.

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Second-placed United will be backed by 1,660 fans on their first visit to the stadium since 1992.

Newcastle, two points behind Brighton and Hove Albion have lost two of their last three Championship fixtures.

Meanwhile, Brentford top scorer Scott Hogan, wanted by West Ham United, is on the home bench.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden, Colback; Ritchie, Perez, Gouffran; Gayle. Subs: Sels, Hanley, Anita, Sterry, Ameobi, Murphy, Lazaar.

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BRENTFORD: Bentley; Field, Egan, Dean, Bjelland, Colin; McEachran, Woods, Yennaris; Sawyers; Vibe. Subs: Bonham, Hogan, Hofmann, Kerschbaumer, Clark, Jota, Barbet.

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