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Team News: Huddersfield Town's Elias Kachunga starts against Newcastle United

Team News: Kachunga starts against Newcastle
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Elias Kachunga is handed a start for Huddersfield Town in this afternoon's trip to Newcastle United.

Elias Kachunga has been handed a start for Huddersfield Town in this afternoon's trip to Newcastle United.

The German makes his first start of 2018 in a side that shows five changes from the one that lost to Crystal Palace two weeks ago.

Terence Kongolo makes his own return from injury, while Laurent Depoitre, Tommy Smith and Rajiv van La Parra also come into the XI.

Florent Hadergjonaj, Scott Malone, Colin Quaner, Tom Ince and Steve Mounie all drop to the bench as the Terriers try to arrest a three-match goalless streak.

Rafael Benitez's lineup is static from the side that beat Southampton on March 10, but there is a notable inclusion on the bench as Islam Slimani is on standby to make his debut since his loan move from Leicester City.

Newcastle United: Dubravka; Dummett, Lascelles, Lejeune, Yedlin; Kenedy, Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie; Perez; Gayle
Subs: Darlow, Clark, Murphy, Slimani, Hayden, Manquillo, Atsu

Huddersfield Town: Lossl; Smith, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen; Hogg, Mooy; Van La Parra, Pritchard, Kachunga; Depoitre
Subs: Coleman, Malone, Billing, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Hadergjonaj

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2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
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11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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