The Newcastle United team v Manchester United will be a more interesting selection for Steve Bruce.
The NUFC Head Coach looking to get his first ever Newcastle win at home.
A win over Manchester United would almost certainly take Newcastle out of the relegation zone ahead of the international break, plus significantly boost confidence.
Injury/fitness news dominated Friday morning’s press conference, with Steve Bruce confirming that only two players definitely miss through injury, plus the suspended Isaac Hayden.
Allan Saint-Maximin – Fit to start.
Jonjo Shelvey – Has recovered from his injury, has trained and could be on the bench.
Dwight Gayle – Has looked ok in training and also has a chance of being on the bench.
Jetro Willems – The left wing-back is fit to start.
Florian Lejeune – The Frenchman still at least two or three weeks away from been involved.
Matt Ritchie – Won’t be available until at least after this international break.
So a few more options opening up in terms of available players.
The media once again pushing some daft talk of whether Martin Dubravka should be dropped but whilst he was at fault for conceding that second goal at Leicester, he played ok and helped keep it down to five as he was repeatedly exposed by those in front of him.
I think Steve Bruce will definitely return to three centre-backs, as the back four formation didn’t help at Leicester.
Nobody played well at Leicester and whilst there is always a chance Fernandez might get a game, I think it is pretty certain Bruce will stick with Dummett, Lascelles and Schar in the middle.
Two other changes though I think at the back.
Jetro Willems is set to come back in at left wing-back, especially with Ritchie still missing.
Whilst Krafth was poor as usual last Sunday, so after his sub appearance, I think we could see Yedlin back in the starting eleven.
The middle of the pitch appears to sort itself, with Hayden suspended and Shelvey on the bench. Some daft media talk about whether Matty Longstaff should/could get a chance but Sean Longstaff will surely be partnered by Ki Sung-yeung.
The most interesting bit is at the sharp end.
Joelinton will stay in the team and hope for a better supply line.
With Steve Bruce stating Allan Saint-Maximin is now fully fit, he surely must start.
Which for me means that from Sunday NUFC have to play the obvious front trio, a trio that has to work out this season if relegation is to be avoided.
Miguel Almiron back on his favoured left/coming inside position, with both he and ASM to get up there and help the centre-forward.
Which gives me this predicted Newcastle United team v Manchester United: