Newcastle United begin their quest to return to the Premier League tonight, as they take on Fulham in the SkyBet Championship opener.

It’s live on Sky Sports, and Rafa Benitez will be looking to get off to a winning start to kickstart his side’s return to the top flight.

New signings Matz Sels, Matt Ritchie, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden and Mohamed Diame are all in the squad, while new number nine Dwight Gayle is set to start up front.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is banned for the first four games after being sent off against Tottenham

Aleksandar Mitrovic is banned for the first four games after being sent off against Tottenham

Fulham have lost top scorer and main threat Ross McCormack to Aston Villa lately, so they may struggle to find goals this season, and will be hoping to improve on their 20th-placed finish last season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is banned for the first four games for Newcastle, so Gayle is set to be supported from a number 10 position by Ayoze Perez, who has looked bright in pre-season.

Daryl Janmaat is set to start the season at right back with Jesus Gamez competing with Paul Dummett for the left-back slot, but Moussa Sissoko won’t be involved as he angles for a move elsewhere – although no one seems to want him at the minute.

Nobody wants Moussa Sissoko!

Nobody wants Moussa Sissoko!

If you were in Rafa’s shoes tonight, who would you pick in your team to face Fulham?

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

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