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Newcastle United Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Huddersfield Town

3:00 AM EDT 3/31/18
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Rafael Benitez's side are looking to edge further away from the relegation zone when they host a side struggling away this season

Newcastle United may have climbed up to 13th in the Premier League, but Rafael Benitez’s side have little room to relax in their fight for survival.

The Magpies picked up a much-needed 3-0 win over Southampton before the international break to move four points clear of the relegation zone.

But with a few of their rivals near the bottom of the table taking on top half sides this weekend, Newcastle have a chance to push further ahead of those struggling below them as they welcome Huddersfield Town.

Although David Wagner’s team sit just a point behind Newcastle, they have just one point from their last three games and have lost 10 on the road this term, and Benitez's men will be hoping to record consecutive league wins for the first time since September.

Newcastle injuries

The hosts are likely to have Matt Ritchie fit, despite his early return from the Scotland squad, but Islam Slimani is still injured and yet to make his first appearance for the club, while Jonjo Shelvey is a doubt.

Newcastle suspensions

Newcastle do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie.

Newcastle potential starting line-up

Ritchie could make the starting XI after training during the week so could take his place on the right.

With Shelvey's availability unknown, Isaac Hayden could be the man to partner Mohamed Diame in midfield.

Huddersfield Town team news

Jon Stankovic, Michael Hefele and Danny Williams are all out injured, while Terence Kongolo and Sean Scannell remain doubtful.

Huddersfield have no suspensions heading into this game.

TV channel & kick-off time

The fixture will not be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom), but can be watched in the United States on  NBC Gold  and kicks off at 10:00 ET.

Best Opta match facts

  • Newcastle haven’t won three consecutive matches at St. James’ Park in the Premier League since a run of four under Alan Pardew in December 2014.
  • Huddersfield have failed to score in any of their last three Premier League games. It’s their third run of three consecutive goalless league games this season, but they’re yet to go four without a goal in the Premier League.
  • The Terriers have only scored in four of their 15 away Premier League games this season, but they haven’t lost any of those games in which they’ve found the net (W3 D1).
  • After failing to score with his first 43 shots in the Premier League this season, Matt Ritchie has found the net with two of his last four in the competition.
  • Aaron Mooy has scored in each of Huddersfield’s last two league matches against Newcastle, netting the winner in this season’s reverse fixture.