This is our predicted line-up for this afternoon’s match against Brighton. It is the same that Bruce sent out for Liverpool last week. We see Jonjo Shelvey keeping his place for the injured Sean Longstaff. It’s also most likely too soon for some of the returning players to get into the starting eleven.
The injuries have been clearing up some for Steve Bruce over the past couple of weeks. In yesterday’s pre-match press conference, Bruce declared that Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin were in contention for a place in the squad. However, there is a report this morning in Football Insider that says Carroll may miss out today.
Dwight Gayle – calf, Matt Ritchie – ankle, Sean Longstaff – ankle, DeAndre Yedlin – groin, Florian Lejeune – knee
Ezequiel Schelotto – knee, Leandro Trossard – groin, Jose Izquierdo – knee
The prediction poll for this match has our readers expecting all three points against 16th place Brighton. Of the 1,532 total votes, 73% are predicting a Newcastle victory. Just 11% think we’ll get nothing from the match. Even if it is still only September, this one is a crucial one so let’s hope the lads get a resounding victory at St James Park.
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