Here is the team we predict Steve Bruce will send out for today’s match against Bournemouth. It is an unchanged side from the 2-3 win at West Ham last weekend.
We don’t think Steve Bruce will tinker with the squad for this game. The lads had their best all-around performance last weekend despite conceding two late goals.
He will also have the same players available to him for selection as today is too soon for the three who were out last weekend. Sean Longstaff will also miss out once again due to his red card suspension.
Bournemouth have quite a few injuries and a suspension to deal with. Midfielder Jefferson Lerma will face a one-match suspension due to his accumulation of yellow cards. Former-Magpie Dan Gosling will be a late fitness test. Dan has yet to play this season due to July hip surgery.
Florian Lejeune – knee, Matt Ritchie – ankle, Fabian Schar – knee
David Brooks – ankle, Andrew Surman – knee, Charlie Daniels – knee, Junior Stanislas – knee, Dan Gosling – hip (late fitness test)
Our poll results show that a vast majority of fans think Newcastle can get consecutive wins for the first time this season. Of the 1,146 votes, 727 believe the lads will secure all three points this afternoon. Only 14% of the votes cast had Newcastle losing this match, with 22% thinking the teams will share the points. Though we think a draw will be a big letdown.
Newcastle are only 4 points behind the seventh-place Cherries in the table. So three points could see Newcastle gain a few places. We likely won’t break into the top ten, but we’ll be perched very close.
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