Rafa Benitez makes TWO changes for Newcastle's visit to Burton

Rafa Benitez has named his starting XI for Newcastle United's visit to the Pirelli Stadium.

Saturday, 17th December 2016, 1:01 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th December 2016, 12:14 pm
Christian Atsu

Benitez's side take on Burton Albion in the Championship this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

Christian Atsu and DeAndre Yedlin have been recalled to the starting XI at the expense of Yoan Gouffran and Vurnon Anita, who are among the substitutes.

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"I remember at the start of the season (watching a Burton game)," said United manager Benitez. "I was impressed with the atmosphere because of the fans and the intensity.

"Watching games now, it is the same. They have very good team spirit, work hard and have good players, which is making a difference.

"At home they are doing well."

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Diame, Atsu; Gayle. Subs: Sels, Anita, Lazaar, Mbemba, Gouffran, Perez, Mitrovic.

BURTON ALBION: McLaughlin, Brayford, Mousinho, McFadzean, O'Grady, Akins, Dyer, McCrory, Naylor, Palmer, Irvine.

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