Predicted Newcastle line-up to play Northampton: Thauvin to start

Considering the starting XI Newcastle United could opt for in the League Cup this week.

Newcastle United showed their fighting spirit on Saturday as they drew 0-0 with Manchester United, the Magpies’ back-line putting in a wonderful display to keep Louis van Gaal’s side at bay.

But now they will be the favourites as they take on Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup and Steve McClaren will be desperate to avoid a giant-killing.

It will be interesting to see which players McClaren opts for given the opposition, the competition and the fact that Newcastle have not started the new Premier League campaign as they would have hoped, but he will know the importance of pushing for silverware in his first year in charge so expect a strong side.

There may be a few changes, with recent signing Florian Thauvin likely to make his first start after an impressive cameo appearance at the weekend, with Siem de Jong also likely to feature.

Below is the Newcastle side we predict will start against Northampton:

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