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Feb 25, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​St James' Park
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Bristol City
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Wilbraham (11'), Cotterill (21')
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Team News: Aleksandar Mitrovic up front for Newcastle

Aleksandar Mitrovic comes in for Dwight Gayle as Newcastle United welcome Bristol City.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has come in for the injured Dwight Gayle as Newcastle United welcome Bristol City in the Championship this afternoon.

Manager Rafael Benitez makes three changes to the side that defeated Aston Villa on Monday as the Magpies look to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points.

The Spaniard switches to a 4-2-3-1 formation to cope with Gayle's absence, with Mitrovic operating up front and Mohamed Diame dropping down to the bench.

Ayoze Perez and Christian Atsu earn recalls alongside Matt Ritchie in providing attacking support for Perez, while Jonjo Shelvey joins Jack Colback at defensive midfield and Yoan Gouffran makes way.

Vurnon Anita is named among the substitutes, having returned to training this week following a layoff with an ankle injury.

As for the visitors, manager Lee Johnson makes six changes to the XI that were defeated by Fulham on Wednesday.

Bailey Wright and Aden Flint keep their places in the heart of defence and are joined by Zak Vyner and Joe Bryan - dropping back from midfield - as Scott Golbourne and Adam Matthews miss out.

Aaron Wilbraham comes into the side and is expected to play at the front of a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Milan Djuric out with a stomach muscle injury and Matty Taylor relegated to the bench.

Gary O'Neil comes into a defensive midfield role, while it is all change in the middle of the park as Bobby Reid, Korey Smith and Callum O'Dowda join David Cotterill, while Jens Hegeler and Josh Brownhill miss out.

Newcastle United: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Mitrovic
Subs: Elliot, Gamez, Hanley, Anita, Gouffran, Diame, Murphy

Bristol City: Giefer; Vyner, Flint, Wright, Bryan; O'Neil; Cotterill, Reid, K.Smith, O'Dowda; Wilbraham
Subs: Fielding, Magnusson, Hegeler, Pack, Paterson, Tomlin, Taylor

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