Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles ready for 'lively' visit to sold-out Elland Road

Jamaal Lascelles says a sold-out Elland Road should hold no fears for Newcastle United.

Thursday, 17th November 2016, 8:42 am
Updated Thursday, 17th November 2016, 2:32 pm
Jamaal Lascelles

Leeds United have sold out their stadium for Sunday's televised game against Rafa Benitez's table-topping side.

Newcastle's first visit to Elland Road since the 2003-04 season will see the 39,460-capacity ground's biggest crowd in six years.

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But Benitez's team have won their last eight games in all competitions.

Asked about the likely atmosphere, Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles said: “The fans are quite lively down there.

"But this is our job, this is what we do. We can handle the pressure.

“We play in front of 52,000 every other weekend, so that is a massive stage – but we are looking forward to it.”

Sixth-placed Leeds have hit form under Garry Monk.

Lascelles said: "Leeds are a good team – they have always been up there in the Championship – but, like I’ve said before, we don’t really look at other teams too much.

“I am confident that whoever we play we can put up a good show. So we are just going to play in the right way, a professional manner, take it to them on Sunday.”

Newcastle lead second-placed Brighton and Hove Albion by three points.