Aleksandar Mitrovic one of SEVEN changes to Newcastle XI for EFL Cup tie

Rafa Benitez has named his Newcastle United starting XI for tonight's EFL Cup tie.

Benitez's side take on Preston North End at St James's Park tonight in the fourth round of the competition (7.45pm kick-off).

United's manager has made seven changes from the team which beat Ipswich Town 3-0 on Saturday.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Matz Sels, Chancel Mbemba, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu come into the team.

Achraf Lazaar, Daryl Murphy and Jesus Gamez are unavailable through injury.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Sels; Yedlin, Mbemba, Hanley, Dummett; Hayden, Colback; Ritchie, Diame, Atsu; Mitrovic. Subs: Newcastle subs: Darlow, Clark, Anita, Shelvey, Gouffran, Perez, Gayle.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic

PRESTON NORTH END: Lindegaard, Wright, Huntington, Davies, Humphrey, Grimshaw, Pringle, Browne, Spurr, Doyle, Makienok. Subs: Maxwell, Clarke, Gallagher, Johnson, Robinson, Hugill, Beckford.

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