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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez was able to name 23-goal top scorer Dwight Gayle on the bench for the last game of the season against Barnsley.
The former Crystal Palace star had made it clear he wanted to be involved against the Tykes, but he will have to wait for his chance. Benitez named Aleksandar Mitrovic in attack with Ayoze Perez just behind him.
And there was a surprise inclusion in the back four for Isaac Hayden who started the game at centre-back. Ciaran Clark had a slight knock and was not risked.
Before the game Benitez had said: “Promotion was the objective at the beginning of the season.
“Before our last game (at Cardiff City), we wanted to break the record for away wins (in a single season), and have a chance to fight for the title.
“That is the situation today, so we are really pleased with that.
“But, what I am trying to say to everyone during the week, is that we are really pleased to be promoted – that is the main thing,”
Lee Ryder’s prediction
Newcastle players won’t be daunted about the prospect of missing out on the title.
Of course, they want to win it, but they know the situation is out of their hands – something that has been drummed into them at training this week.
The Magpies can control whether they beat Barnsley though and Benitez’s team talk will be simply to go out on a high with a win and put a show on for the fans who have backed them all season.
Newcastle United fans will turn out in force one last time in the Sky Bet Championship this season at St James’ Park.
It’s a division they have paid plenty of respect to by selling out almost every away section and with an average home crowd of 51,053 nobody can accuse Newcastle fans of being a fair weather bunch.
Fittingly, you won’t be able to get a ticket for love nor money when a Barnsley team with nothing to play for come to St James’ Park .
United need to get three points to keep hopes of the title alive, but after bouncing back at the first attempt to the Premier League they will be roared off the field as heroes anyway on Sunday afternoon.
The thrilling season filled with hectic fixtures and the unpredictable outcomes will come to a positive conclusion for the former Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Liverpool manager, only if Newcastle leapfrog their biggest opponents at the death.
Newcastle host 14th placed Barnsley FC next and Benitez should expect a routine win for sure given how easily they had managed a convincing 2-0 win in the reverse fixture last year in October. However, Barnsley’s away form has been surprisingly good as they have collected 29 from 22 away games and could make it tough for their opponents this weekend.
Brighton, on the other hand, can only cement the title with a win, and given that they face Aston Villa, it will always be a difficult job.
Possible Newcastle XI vs Barnsley
Karl Darlow will start under the bar. The manager had opted to start with 31-year-old Rob Elliot against Cardiff giving the English shot stopper some rest from the midweek fixture, but he is expected to return for this game.
The back line will be a big concern for Benitez against a confident away playing side. With skipper Jamaal Lascelles, out for the season with a groin injury, Chancel Mbemba, might take his place. He is yet another young centre-half to have impressed this season from the bench indicating the thick core of talents in store with the Magpies. He will start alongside Ciaran Clark.
The full-backs will be Paul Dummett and DeAndre Yedlin.
We expect to see a different midfield from the Cardiff game with many players getting sufficient rest after that tie. Jonjo Shelvey is expected to return to the midfield replacing goal scorer Isaac Hayden alongside Jack Colback.
The wings will be taken by Yoan Gouffran and Matt Ritchie. Both players did not play in the last game and should start this time around.
Mohamed Diame is expected to start in the number 10 role again, with Aleksandar Mitrovic spearheading the attack.
Newcastle United : Elliot, Yedlin, Hayden, Mbemba, Dummett, Atsu, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran, Perez, Mitrovic
Subs: Darlow, Anita, Haidara, Lazaar, Diame, Gayle, Murphy
Barnsley : Davies, Janko, Elder, Jackson, MacDonald, Scowen, Moncur, James, Kent, Hedges, Bradshaw.
Subs: Townsend, Evans, Jones, Mowatt, Williams, Lee, Watkins.