Bakary Sako fractured his ankle and damaged ligaments during the 1-1 draw and will miss the rest of the season. He was replaced by Yohan Cabaye on Tuesday and it’s the Frenchman who is expected to come back into the starting XI against his former club Newcastle United. So Cabaye who looks poised to join Luka Milivojevic in central midfield, with Andros Townsend and James McArthur stationed out wide. Jairo Riedewald is the other option in the middle of the park. Wilfried Zaha is expected to join Christian Benteke up front, with new signing Alexander Sorloth perhaps set for a bench role. Mamadou Sakho was back among the substitutes in midweek and will be expected to replace Martin Kelly in central defence, while Joel Ward provides cover in the full-back positions. Jeffrey Schlupp, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham are all long-term absentees.
Fosu-Mensah – Sako – Tomkins – Van Aanholt
Zaha – Milivojevic – Cabaye – McArthur
Sako – Benteke