Mohamed Diame and Javier Manquillo handed surprise recalls against Chelsea

Mohamed Diame and Javier Manquillo have been recalled for Newcastle United's visit to Stamford Bridge.

Saturday, 2nd December 2017, 10:32 am
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 11:30 pm
Dwight Gayle, left, and Mohamed Diame

Rafa Benitez's side take on Chelsea this afternoon (12.30pm kick-off) in a televised game.

Benitez has recalled Diame, Manquillo and Dwight Gayle to his starting XI.

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DeAndre Yedlin, Joselu and Isaac Hayden drop down to the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Yedlin has been at fault for a number of goals in Newcastle's last two games.

Newcastle, captained by Ciaran Clark against Chelsea, are 12th in the Premier League.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Manquillo, Lejeune, Clark, Mbemba; Merino, Diame; Ritchie, Perez, Murphy; Gayle. Subs: Elliot, Yedlin, Hayden, Shelvey, Aarons, Joselu, Mitrovic.

CHELSEA: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. Subs: Caballero, Pedro, Bakayoko, Zappacpsta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill.