Manchester United travel to St. James' Park this Sunday.
Attack: We could see Mourinho freshen things up in attack with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both pushing for recalls but I think the Frenchman will get the nod on the wing.
"Before I joined, Rafa phoned me, we had a good chat and there was a good feeling between us".
The visitors have won each of their past eight trips to bottom-six sides but a stubborn Newcastle side could provide problems for Jose Mourinho's men. I like the stadium, I like the atmosphere. "We're trying to improve that, and the competition will be good for them". I like the Geordies.
Newcastle United's on-loan forward Islam Slimani is aiming to remain at the club beyond the current campaign as he looks to fire the side away from the relegation zone.
I know that the club's vision is to try to finish second and qualify for the Champions League without counting on big-name players but on young players.
"Benitez knows how to get points so I think it is going to be hard". We predict him to be 7th time lucky, with Manchester United cruising to a 3-0 win. You can do a really good job, but still you can lose games 1-0, 2-0 because of the quality of the players that they have.
Meanwhile, Benitez will have no qualms about adopting a defensive approach against Manchester United if it is the best way to get a positive result that bolsters his side's prospects.
"They should give one to the guy who behaves best on the touchline and it should be the fourth official who votes".
"But if you ask me if I think Newcastle are going to be in the Championship next season, I say immediately no way".
Daley Blind (muscle injury), Marouane Fellaini (knee) and Eric Bailly (ankle) are sidelined with their respective injuries, although the latter should be back by the end of the month.