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Revealed: Majority of Newcastle fans want Merino to start vs Chelsea ahead of Diame

Newcastle face Chelsea in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup on Sunday and it looks set to be a testing clash for the visitors to Stamford Bridge. The Blues will be desperate to win the 1.30pm kickoff after suffering elimination from the League Cup on Wednesday night, meaning the FA Cup is now their best chance of silverware this season.

But amid a run of poor form, winning just one of their last seven, there’s certainly the potential for the Magpies to beat the reigning Premier League champions this weekend. That, however, will depend on Rafa Benitez getting his team selection and tactics somewhere near perfect.

With that in mind, we asked Newcastle fans earlier this week whether 31-cap Senegal international Mo Diame, who started last time out against Manchester City, should keep his place in midfield or be replaced by Mikel Merino – who Transfermarkt value at £9million.

And according to our poll, a whopping 72% of Newcastle fans want Merino to come into the starting XI at Diame’s expense. How would you line up Benitez’s side vs Chelsea? Let us know by commenting below…

Article title: Revealed: Majority of Newcastle fans want Merino to start vs Chelsea ahead of Diame

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