Steve Bruce’s Magpies have pulled themselves eight points above the Premier League relegation zone in recent weeks and with 35 points under their belts as it stands, can almost see the finish line when it comes to top flight safety.
Will they go one step closer today? Our writer Liam Kennedy thinks they’ve got a good chance, if they make TWO key changes to their starting XI.
1. Martin Dubravka
Some questioned the decision to call him back into the side - in my opinion, they're mad. One of the best keepers in the division.
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2. Jacob Murphy
Improving every week defensively and offers a threat in the final third. Almost bagged another vital goal but for a remarkable goal line clearance last weekend.
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3. Federico Fernandez
Will be disappointed with the first West Ham goal last week but looked much more like his usual self against the Hammers.
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4. Ciaran Clark
Took a knock in the West Ham win but hopefully should be OK to continue at the heart of defence.
Photo: David Rogers