Rafa Benitez may again name an unchanged starting XI as the Magpies go into their home clash against Arsenal on the back of three successive victories. Christian Atsu provides a possible alternative out wide but seems unlikely to break into a settled XI. On-loan forward Islam Slimani is available after being ineligible to face his parent club Leicester City last weekend, but a lack of match sharpness means he is only expected to feature from the bench. Isaac Hayden provides another option in the middle of the park should Benitez look to play with an extra man in midfield, but it’s expected he’ll stick with the 4-4-1-1 system. Jesus Gamez (ankle) is set to miss out once again.
Yedlin – Lejeune – Lascelles – Dummett
Ritchie – Shelvey – Diame – Kenedy