The XI Newcastle should pick to beat Preston
Newcastle have taken to the Championship like a duck to water with Rafa Benitez’s side sitting comfortably at the top of the table. Much was made of the Magpies’ controversial relegation last term but Benitez has ensured the club remains in a position to achieve promotion after an inconsistent start.
After a troublesome and somewhat frightening beginning – the Toon failed to win their first two games before the visit of Reading to St. James’s Park in August – Newcastle’s despair turned to delirium as a run of 11 wins in 13 games has catapulted them to the summit of the league and the last 16 of the EFL Cup.
Preston are presented with the task of bringing down the in-form Tynesiders, with Simon Grayson’s side in a similar run of form. The Lancashire club have beaten Norwich, Huddersfield and Aston Villa in recent weeks despite their poor start to the campaign.
Even with both teams in good form, it’s still Newcastle who remain clear favourites for the contest. Rafa Benitez is an expert in such situations, so with that in mind, here is our expected Newcastle XI to beat Preston.