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23 February 2019 Venue St. James' Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW: NEWCASTLE UNITED (A)

20 February 2019

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All stats and information ahead of Newcastle United vs Huddersfield Town

- Match preview ahead of Town’s match against Newcastle United
- Team news ahead of the Premier League match
- Fantasy Premier League stats ahead of Town ‘s trip to St. James’ Park

Huddersfield Town will make the trip to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle United. Jan Siewert’s Terriers will go head to head with Rafa Benítez’s side on Saturday 23 February 2019; 3pm kick off.

A first win under Jan Siewert will be the aim against the Magpies, who currently reside in 16th place in the Premier League – 14 points ahead of Town.

In Newcastle United’s most recent game, a visit to Molineux to face newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers, it took a dramatic 95th minute equaliser by Wolves defender Willy Boly to snatch the three points away from the Magpies.

The Club’s last game at home was a 2-1 win against reigning Champions Manchester City after an 80th minute penalty by Scottish winger Matt Ritchie secured a spectacular win.

So far this season, Newcastle United has picked up 13 points from 13 games at St. James’ Park – winning four games.

Rafa Benitez joined the Magpies in the latter part of the 2015/16 season. He has enjoyed successful spells at both Liverpool, where he won the Champions League in 2005 after beating AC Milan on penalties, and Chelsea, where he beat Benfica to win the Europa League in 2013.

The Terriers’ last victory over their North-East counterparts at St. James’ Park came in the form of a 2-1 win in 2016 when both sides were in the Sky Bet Championship.

When the two sides met earlier this season, Newcastle United won 1-0.

Newcastle United’s XI vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-5-2)

GK: Martin Dúbravka

CB: Florian Lejeune
CB: Jamaal Lascelles (C)
CB: Fabian Schär

LM: Matt Ritchie
CM: Sean Longstaff
CM: Christian Atsu
CM: Isaac Hayden
RM: DeAndre Yedlin

ST: Salomón Rondón
ST: Ayoze Pérez

Key Players – FPL Preview

Isaac Hayden - 5.7

Hayden has been a mainstay in the Newcastle United midfield over recent weeks. He joined the Club from Arsenal in 2016. Equally as comfortable at centre back or in central midfield, Hayden has also previously featured at right-back and as an advanced playmaker. Despite a red card in his first game of the season against Cardiff, he has been a key player for the Magpies and scored the opening goal in their draw with Wolves in their previous game. He has also had two assists in the last four games.

Salomón Rondón - 4.0

Since joining on loan from West Bromwich Albion in the summer, Rondón has been a key focal point in Newcastle United’s attack this season. Not only has he scored six goals in 20 games over the course of the season but has proven his worth creating goals as well, he has been putting in pinpoint crosses and has been rewarded with three assists too.

Matt Ritchie - 3.7

Matt Ritchie has been at Newcastle United since the 2016/17 season in the Sky Bet Championship, after joining from AFC Bournemouth. Ritchie has also enjoyed successful spells at Portsmouth and Swindon. The left-winger, who can also play in a wing-back role, has four assists to his name this season. He also scored in the Club’s last home game in the win over Manchester City.

Team News - Newcastle United

FPL Injury News - Newcastle United

Jonjo Shelvey - Thigh injury - 75% chance of playing
Robert Elliot - Lack of match fitness - Unknown return date

Team News - Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town Head Coach Jan Siewert will provide the latest update on his team during Thursday’s Press Conference at PPG Canalside.

FPL Injury News - Huddersfield Town

Jonas Lössl - Illness - 75% chance of playing
Chris Löwe - Illness - 75% chance of playing
Isaac Mbenza - Calf injury - Expected back 16 March
Danny Williams - Knee injury - Expected back 23 February
Abdelhamid Sabiri - Lack of match fitness - 75% chance of playing

Tickets

All tickets for Town’s match at Newcastle United are SOLD OUT.

Supporter Information

Please note that supporters will no longer get on Town’s official away coaches from the Club’s training complex.

For the foreseeable future, Town’s coaches will depart from the St. Andrew’s Road Car Park at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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Match Reports

REPORT: NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-0 TOWN

23 February 2019

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Two goals in the space of seven minutes wrapped up all three points for Newcastle at St. James' Park on an afternoon where Tommy Smith saw red.

Smith's 20th minute red card made the task all that bit tougher, and although the Terriers somehow withstood a number of key Magpies' chances, Salomón Rondón and Ayoze Pérez turned the screw after the restart to round off a disappointing afternoon on Tyneside.

The starting XI witnessed three changes from the defeat to Arsenal. Jonas Lössl and Chris Löwe had recovered from respective illnesses to take the places of Ben Hamer and Terence Kongolo, as Laurent Depoitre also earned a recall to the starting XI where Adama Diakhaby dropped out due to a hamstring issue.

Both Jonathan Hogg and Jason Puncheon reached milestones in the North East; Hoggy made his 300th career appearance, whilst Punch made his 400th career start.

The illuminous Terriers orchestrated a bright start which ultimately wasn't taken advantage of. Patient play finally worked its way to Tommy Smith down the right, and the skipper's low cross looked to be destined for the run of Elias Kachunga although Jamaal Lascelles timed his sliding clearance to perfection.

Newcastle - who named January recruit Miguel Almirón from MLS outfit Atlanta United in the team for the first time - thought they had a great opening for an early opener as Matt Ritchie's flighted cross dropped at the far post. Relief for Town though, as Florian Lejeune was adjudged to have pushed Zanka as he used the Danish international as leverage to rise highest.

That may have been relieving; but the next passage of play was an even bigger let off the hook. Caught on the break, Almirón breezed through on goal and was only denied by the post having instinctively chipped Jonas Lössl one-on-one. The Terriers still didn't clear; Salomón Rondón had time to unleash a follow-up effort which also clattered off the same post to prevent Rafa Benitez's hosts from taking a lead inside 15 minutes.

For all that the majority of possession was, the Magpies were intent on reminding Jan Siewert's men to be alert on the counter. Once again, the black and whites broke with a man-over advantage, but on this occasion Ayoze Pérez tamely fired at Lössl with possibly better options on either side.

United were really beginning to threaten. Salomón Rondón, the next man to pose a threat inside the area, swiftly turning to draw a great save from Jonas Lössl.

Then a key moment in the half. Referee Kevin Friend produced a straight red card in the direction of Tommy Smith; the Captain dismissed for a strong challenge on Almirón as the ball crossed the half-way line.

The Paraguayan playmaker sprung to his feet to carve out another chance for his side. Lössl once more diving to his right to produce a save that prevented the deadlock from being broken.

Almirón was causing havoc in the Terriers rear-guard. A creative run into the box deceived Christopher Schindler, and a resulting left-footed effort squirmed under the grasp of Lössl to which Chris Löwe's excellent awareness duly concluded with a last-ditch clearance off-the-line and out of harm's way.

As the interval approached, Rondón somehow kept the encounter score-less. The Venezuelan flung himself in the air to meet a DeAndre Yedlin cross at the far-post, but the striker's connection lacked accuracy to send the sides into the dressing room all square.

He definitely made up for that miss just moments into the second-half. Rondón picked up the loose ball inside the six-yard box and was allowed time to turn and subsequently finish from close range as the worst possible restart became a reality.

And within the space of seven minutes, the game was pretty much out of reach for Siewert and his Terriers. Ayoze Pérez swept home a kind knock-down to cap a devastating spell which virtually handed Toon the points.

Town found it hard to trouble a resolute United back-line, as ventures forward became something of a luxury with damage limitation the main theme of the second period it light of the sending off.

Pérez came within a whisker of poaching a third; the Spaniard flicking wide of the target from Almirón's assist - a man who was having quite the effect on his home debut, unfortunately for the men from HD1.

Substitute Kenedy also applied pressure for a third. A spectacular rasping first-time volley thundered off the cross-bar with 20 minutes to play.

Local lad Sean Longstaff followed suit to curl a peach onto the frame of the goal from a considerable distance.

That was that, as a trademark Rafael Benítez tactical switch saw the hosts ease over the finishing line.

There isn't too long to wait until the Terriers return to action, as Wolverhampton Wanderers visit the John Smith's Stadium on Tuesday evening (26 February 2019, 7:45pm).

TOWN (4-1-2-1-2)

Jonas Lössl; Chris Löwe, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Zanka, Tommy Smith (c) (Sent Off, 21'); Jonathan Hogg; Juninho Bacuna (Philip Billing, 69'), Aaron Mooy; Jason Puncheon (Florent Hadergjonaj, 24'); Elias Kachunga, Laurent Depoitre (Steve Mounié, 76')

UNUSED SUBS

Ben Hamer, Terence Kongolo, Jon Gorenc Stanković, Karlan Grant

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Martin Dúbravka; Fabian Schär, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Florian Lejeune; DeAndre Yedlin, Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie (Kenedy, 68'); Miguel Almirón (Christian Atsu, 81'); Salomón Rondón (Joselu, 84'), Ayoze Pérez

UNUSED SUBS

Freddie Woodman, Paul Dummett, Javier Manquillo, Ki Sungyueng

REFEREE

Kevin Friend

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