Confirmed Barnsley v Newcastle line-ups: Benitez makes three changes as Ritchie returns

General view before the match

Newcastle take on Barnsley in the Championship this evening.

Barnsley starting line-up: Davies; Yiadom, Roberts, Jackson, Bree; Kent, Morsy, Hourihane, Hammill; Winnall, Watkins.

Barnsley substitutes: Townsend, Kpekawa, MacDonald, Lee, Bird, Brashaw, Williams.

Newcastle United substitutes: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Gouffran; Diame; Gayle.

Newcastle United substitutes: Sels, Yedlin, Lazaar, Colback, Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic.

Newcastle United are looking to grab another victory as they head to Yorkshire to take on Barnsley at Oakwell this evening.

The Magpies hammered Brentford 3-1 at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon, meaning it's now three wins in a row for Rafael Benitez's men.

Heading into tonight's game, Newcastle are just one point behind league leaders Norwich City, and will be hoping to keep the pressure on the Canaries.

Tonight, Benitez has made three changes to his side, as Christian Atsu, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez all drop to the bench, with Matt Ritchie returning to the side along with Isaac Hayden and Mohamed Diame.

The likes of DeAndre Yedlin and Aleksandar Mitrovic also make the bench, with in-form striker Dwight Gayle again leading the line up front.

Opponent Barnsley made a blistering start to the season, but have fallen off in recent weeks, picking up just one point in the last five games.

The Tykes were beaten 4-2 at home to Fulham on Saturday, and manager Paul Heckingbottom will be desperate for a positive result this evening.

His team features Liverpool loanee Ryan Kent and former Liverpool winger Adam Hammill out wide, with wanted man Conor Hourihane starting in the middle of the park.

Marley Watkins and Sam Winnall start up front, with no place in the squad for Adam Armstrong, who is ineligible to play against his parent club this evening.

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