Newcastle United are hosting Borussia Mönchengladbach in their final preseason match before starting the 2015-16 Premier League season. The Foals were surprise third place finishers behind Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg despite severe budgetary restraints. They have made a habit of buying shrewdly and selling high. Just this summer, two of their young star players (Raffael and Granit Xhaka) were subject of "They're not going to Bayern Munich" stories. They also have former Chelsea starlet Thorgen Hazard on the books as well as 19 year-old Chelsea CB Andreas Christensen.
Both sides are starting their competitive slate next week and both sides have not to this point played what would be considered a "first XI" lineup so we should be in for at the very least a good 45 minutes as both Steve McClaren and Lucien Favre both will look to establish who will be getting the nod against Southampton and St. Pauli. Newcastle will be buoyed by the news that they will be allowed to field new CB Chancel Mbemba despite not having his transfer 100% finished.
Date & Time: Saturday, August 1 1500 BST (1000 Eastern, 0700 Pacific)
Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Projected Newcastle Starting XI: Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Taylor, Haïdara; Colback, Tiote; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Aarons; Cissé
Players to watch: Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko
TV Information: None