Newcastle's Mohamed Diame starts alongside Jonjo Shelvey against Swansea

Rafa Benitez has named his starting XI for this afternoon's game against Swansea City.

Saturday, 13th January 2018, 1:01 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th January 2018, 1:20 pm
Jamaal Lascelles

Newcastle United take on the Premier League's basement club at St James's Park (3pm kick-off).

Benitez has made four changes to the team which beat Luton Town 3-1 in last weekend's third-round FA Cup tie.

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Karl Darlow, DeAndre Yedlin, Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu come into Benitez's starting XI.

Diame starts in midfield alongside Jonjo Shelvey, signed from Swansea in a £12million deal two years ago.

Benitez's side are 13th in the table after taking seven points from their last four games.

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

SWANSEA CITY: Fabianski, Sung-Yueng, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Dyer, Carroll, Olsson, Clucas, Ayew, Bartley, McBurnie. Subs: Nordfeldt, Bony, Fer, Narsingh, Fernandez, Mesa, Roberts.