We see Steve Bruce sticking with the first eleven that played at Liverpool last week. Jonjo Shelvey will again come in for the injured Sean Longstaff. We also think that Emil Krafth will keep his place right wing-back. It’s also too soon for Andy Carroll or Allan Saint-Maximin to get starts just yet.
We have the formation as an attacking version of the 5-4-1 Bruce used against Liverpool. We hope to see Miguel Almiron’s attacking threat more this game as he shouldn’t be required to track back as often against Brighton. Similarly, we expect Willems and Atsu to link up often on the left flank like they did against Watford.
This fixture has already been called massive by captain Jamaal Lascelles. Steve Bruce, similarly, likened it to a cup final. While we wouldn’t go that far, it is a critical game this early in the season.
A win will see Newcastle push up the table out of the relegation zone. It will give the lads some confidence for the next two daunting fixtures away to Leicester and at home against Manchester United.
For the first time this season, the bench will have some real attacking options as Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin make their returns to the squad. We fully expect Andy to get his debut tomorrow in what we hope to be a special moment and three points for the hosts.
Karl Darlow, Federico Fernandez, Javier Manquillo, Ki Sung-yueng, Allan Saint-Maximin, Andy Carroll, and Yoshinori Muto.
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