Sean Longstaff and Florian Lejeune handed Newcastle starts at Chelsea

Sean Longstaff will make his full Premier League debut against Chelsea.

Saturday, 12th January 2019, 3:31 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th January 2019, 4:19 pm
Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle United take on Maurizio Sarri's side at Stamford Bridge this evening (5.30pm kick-off).

And midfielder Longstaff, 21, has been handed a start in Rafa Benitez's midfield.

Benitez, United's manager, is without Mohamed Diame, Ki Sung-yueng and Jonjo Shelvey.

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Defender Florian Lejeune, meanwhile, will also made his first league appearance of the season after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

Benitez has named four defenders on his bench along with Joselu and Jacob Murphy.

Newcastle could be in the relegation zone at kick-off time depending on results elsewhere.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie; Atsu, Hayden, Longstaff, Perez; Rondon. Subs: Woodman, Sterry, Manquillo, Fernandez, Schar, Murphy, Joselu.

CHELSEA: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, Kanté, Kovacic; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Ampadu, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.