Matt Ritchie dropped for Newcastle's game at Man City

Rafa Benitez has made four changes for this evening's game against Manchester City.

Saturday, 20th January 2018, 3:32 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th January 2018, 4:15 pm
Matt Ritchie

Newcastle United take on the Premier League leaders at the Etihad Stadium in a televised game (5.30pm kick-off).

And Matt Ritchie, DeAndre Yedlin, Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle drop down to the bench.

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Javier Manquillo, Isaac Hayden, Jacob Murphy and Joselu have been recalled to the starting XI.

Newcastle, 15th in the table, were beaten 1-0 at St James's Park by City late last month.

Asked about his tactics, manager Rafa Benitez said: "The team has to do what it has to do to get points.

Rafa Benitez

"It's not a cup competition when you can score an away goal and lose 2-1. We have to try to draw or win.

"And we will have to defend well, because we are playing against the best team in the league."

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Murphy, Diame, Atsu; Joselu. Subs: Elliot, Yedlin, Haidara, Merino, Ritchie, Perez, Gayle.

MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Silva, Fernandinho, de Bruyne; Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala, Silva, Adarabioyo, Diaz.

Rafa Benitez