How will Steve Bruce line up his Newcastle United squad against Palace today at Selhurst Park?
Newcastle United are looking to get back to business today when they face Crystal Palace, following a blowout loss vs. Arsenal last weekend. With some players still out injured and some returning healthy, Steve Bruce will have some choices to make in his matchday squad for the Magpies later today. We look at how that group of 18 players could look.
Darlow/S. Longstaff/Muto/M. Longstaff/ Lejeune/Ritchie/Yedlin
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Starting first with the players that are not on that list, Steve Bruce mentioned the following players are out with injuries: Andy Carroll, Ciaran Clark, Emil Krafth, and Jonjo Shelvey. He added that Christian Atsu is sick and Joelinton is dealing with a thigh injury and while he could be ready, I think he should get a day off entirely after featuring in nearly every match this season and struggling for full health and confidence.
With Clark out, Fabian Schar will step into the starting trio of central defenders. Danny Rose should be a lock at left wing-back and Valentino Lazaro will likely start again opposite him, despite a rough outing vs. the Gunners. There’s a chance Bruce could elect to move Lazaro forward in the formation and shuffle some other players. Returning from injuries, Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto provide much-needed variety in the striking role. Bruce will likely start Gayle against his former club and will have Muto at his disposal off the bench, unlike vs. Arsenal when no strikers were available as a substitute.
Sean Longstaff started vs. Arsenal, but he was not great and I think Isaac Hayden’s experience on the road in the expected physical matchup should be valuable.