Newcastle United have the opportunity to take a huge step towards Premier League survival as they host Huddersfield Town in a match that could see them go seven points clear of the drop zone.
It could well be a tense and cagey affair, although the Magpies did blow Southampton out of the water in their last home match and a similar result today would see Rafa Benitez’s side become all but safe.
Huddersfield have approached their maiden Premier League season with bundles of enthusiasm and will try their best to exploit any nervousness in the home ranks with their heavy pressing and boundless energy.
The Terriers would leapfrog their hosts with a win, further shuffling the pack in the bottom half, so Benitez has to ensure he gets his team selection absolutely right.
Magpies fans reacted to the Spaniard’s selections and while he selected an unchanged team, they spotted something on the bench they liked a lot – Islam Slimani. We’ve taken a closer look at the best of the reaction as the forward is a surprise inclusion on the bench…
Looks like we've finally found our strongest team
— Aaron Field (@AaronFi75350866) March 31, 2018
Islam off the bench in second half hopefully, come on lads
— Dell (@agbnufc) March 31, 2018
Who’s the Slimani kid on the bench ?
— Dean Woods (@wuds100) March 31, 2018
— Jacob M (@jacomand) March 31, 2018
Where's the goat joselu?
— Tom bell (@Tom24bell88) March 31, 2018
strong team i reckon we've got this
— Matthew (@DoonyXD) March 31, 2018
Bugger me. Never thought I’d see Slimani this season!!!! Lol. ???
— Ben (@BenPlummer1968) March 31, 2018
That’ll do for me
— condorman3 (@robbie3656) March 31, 2018
ISLAM ON THE BENCH ???
— NOBODYS (@Tazvro) March 31, 2018