Mohamed Diame and Javier Manquillo handed surprise recalls against Chelsea

Dwight Gayle, left, and Mohamed Diame
Dwight Gayle, left, and Mohamed Diame

Mohamed Diame and Javier Manquillo have been recalled for Newcastle United's visit to Stamford Bridge.

Rafa Benitez's side take on Chelsea this afternoon (12.30pm kick-off) in a televised game.

Benitez has recalled Diame, Manquillo and Dwight Gayle to his starting XI.

DeAndre Yedlin, Joselu and Isaac Hayden drop down to the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Yedlin has been at fault for a number of goals in Newcastle's last two games.

Newcastle, captained by Ciaran Clark against Chelsea, are 12th in the Premier League.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Manquillo, Lejeune, Clark, Mbemba; Merino, Diame; Ritchie, Perez, Murphy; Gayle. Subs: Elliot, Yedlin, Hayden, Shelvey, Aarons, Joselu, Mitrovic.

CHELSEA: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. Subs: Caballero, Pedro, Bakayoko, Zappacpsta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill.