Rafa Benitez will be without Kenedy for the home fixture against Chelsea, with the on-loan midfielder ineligible to face his parent club. So with Christian Atsu still sidelined, Jacob Murphy looks set to earn a recall out wide. If the Magpies boss looks to freshen up the rest of his side following the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, the likes of Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden could be considered in central midfield, while Joselu offers an alternative up front. The back four has been very settled of late, but Javier Manquillo did earn a rare start at Watford, and provides a different option to DeAndre Yedlin at right-back. Ciaran Clark (knee) is out, while Islam Slimani is still suspended.
Yedlin – Lejeune – Lascelles – Dummett
Ritchie – Shelvey – Diame – Murphy