Date: 6th January 2018 at 1:47pm
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With most people talking of an alleged takeover and others of where we need to strengthen in the window, thoughts from the team will no doubt have been on our next game.

That’s how professional Rafa Benitez is as he wont allow any gossip or expectation come into the players heads.

We may be playing a team from the fourth level of the English league pyramid but it will most likely be treat like we’re playing a side in the same division. If we dont then an upset can happen.

As Rafa mentioned yesterday in his pre cup game press conference, there is more chance of naming a strong side because we only have one game a week at the minute and not two or three that you can get when in the lower leagues.

Obviously trying to second guess a Rafa team is like putting the lottery on but I wonder how far off i’ll be with this as here is my predicted starting XI.

Darlow
Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo
Ritchie, Saivet, Diame, Aarons
Perez
Joselu

Chances are, i’ll be lucky to get five of the line up right. Soon find out