Aleksandar Mitrovic and Isaac Hayden handed Newcastle starts against Leeds

Isaac Hayden
Isaac Hayden

Rafa Benitez has named his starting XI for tonight's game against Leeds United.

Newcastle United take on Garry Monk's side in the Championship clash looking to stretch their seven-point lead over third-placed Huddersfield Town (7.45pm kick-off).

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Benitez has recalled Isaac Hayden and Aleksandar Mitrovic to his starting XI in place of Mohamed Diame and the injured Dwight Gayle.

Newcastle trail league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion by five points.

Brighton beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molineux this evening, while Huddersfield came from behind to defeat Preston North End 3-2 at the John Smith's Stadium.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Perez, Gouffran; Mitrovic. Subs: Elliot, Yedlin, Hanley, Colback, Atsu, Diame, Murphy.

LEEDS UNITED: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Phillips, Bridcutt, Roofe, Hernandez, Pedraza, Wood. Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Taylor, Vieira, O'Kane, Dallas, Sacko, Doukara.