Newcastle United will be back in action this weekend when they host Brighton at St. James’ Park, but who will Steve Bruce trust in the lineup?
Newcastle United will be back on the field at St. James’ Park for the second time this week when they host Brighton at St. James’ Park. This will mark the second game of the Premier League campaign for both sides.
Newcastle United are coming off an impressive 2-0 victory against West Ham, and they will be hoping to carry that momentum over to Sunday’s clash. Brighton, on the other hand, suffered a 3-1 defeat to a talented Chelsea side, and they will be looking to bounce back.
Bruce’s lineup selection in London got the job done on opening day, but will he stick with the same players? For the most part, yes, but three key changes should be expected on Tyneside this weekend.
Karl Darlow has Premier League experience on his side, but the crossbar saved him twice against West Ham. Mark Gillespie impressed in the Carabao Cup against Blackburn Rovers, and Bruce will give the new signing another chance to perform in goal tomorrow.
Ahead of him, Bruce might give Javier Manquillo a rest after he started back-to-back games on Sunday and Tuesday. That being said, tomorrow’s back-line will consist of Emil Krafth, Federico Fernandez, Jamaal Lascelles, and Jamal Lewis.
The four in midfield will remain unchanged as Jeff Hendrick, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, and Allan Saint-Maximin will take their places in the middle of the park behind the front two. Bruce shifted toward the 4-2-3-1 shape in the second half of last season, but he hinted that he will play with two up top once more as he did against West Ham.
Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson were the starting duo last weekend, but Carroll will make way for speedster Miguel Almiron this time around. Almiron bagged two assists in two consecutive games, and now he will be expected to maintain that form and get on the scoresheet with Wilson, who already opened his account in London.
Gillespie; Krafth, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis; Hendrick, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin; Almiron, Wilson