Exciting 4-2-3-1: Could £4.5m signing come into Newcastle's XI for Huddersfield test?

Newcastle Stand

Newcastle United look to kick off their season by beating Huddersfield Town at St James' Park on Saturday.

To be played on Saturday 13th August 2016 at 15:00. Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle

Odds: Newcastle 8/13, Draw 13/5, Huddersfield 9/2

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United host Huddersfield Town at St James' Park on Saturday as the Magpies look to begin their journey back to the Premier League.

Rafael Benitez's men were given a dose of reality on Friday when the pre-season favourites for promotion went down 1-0 at Fulham in a result which reminded those on Tyneside that returning to the top flight will be anything but a walk in the park.

Perhaps that proverbial kick up the backside is precisely what Benitez needs from his side as they welcome Huddersfield knowing that a victory would most probably settle the early-season jitters and set them on their way.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks to players

Newcastle might have a slight advantage in that they did not have a midweek League Cup game to contest, giving them eight days to physically and mentally recover from their setback in West London, while Huddersfield lost 2-1 at Shrewsbury on Tuesday.

In early team news, Mo Diame might come in for his Newcastle debut after a summer switch from Hull City, while Dwight Gayle, a £10 million signing from Crystal Palace, is expected to spearhead the attack again.

Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal

Adam Armstrong might push him close or start alongside him, however. The 20-year-old striker has a couple of weeks to prove his worth to Benitez and a good showing on Saturday - be it from the bench or from the start - would certainly give the Spaniard food for thought.

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal Palace

Newcastle predicted lineup

  • Matz Sels
  • Paul Dummett
  • Grant Hanley
  • Daryl Janmaat
  • Jamaal Lascelles
  • Vurnon Anita
  • Mohamed Diamé
  • Isaac Hayden
  • Matt Ritchie
  • Ayoze Pérez
  • Dwight Gayle

Huddersfield predicted lineup

  • Danny Ward
  • Mark Hudson
  • Chris Löwe
  • Christopher Schindler
  • Tommy Smith
  • Jonathan Hogg
  • Aaron Mooy
  • Rajiv van La Parra
  • Elias Kachunga
  • Joe Lolley
  • Jack Payne
 

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch