Championship

Benitez simply must start these 2 players against Oxford United today – Agreed?

Newcastle United are looking in good shape to claim an automatic promotion place in the Championship this season, ensuring an instant return to the Premier League following relegation last time around.

The jovial Newcastle fans here in the Transfer Tavern have been in better spirits since August and they are hopeful that Rafael Benitez’s men can complete the task in hand.

Today sees the Magpies travel to League One outfit Oxford United in the FA Cup, with many of their supporters in the Tavern expecting a stunning victory and an easy passage into the fifth round.

It seems like just yesterday when the Magpies’ ardent supporters were downing pint after pint here in the Tavern after their miserable relegation, although they are now hopeful that those days are firmly consigned to the past.

Lee Clarke looks at two players who simply must start for Newcastle today.

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