Newcastle United look to move into the top ten with a win over Leeds

Newcastle United F.C.'s Dwight Gayle. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP)
Newcastle United F.C.'s Dwight Gayle. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) /

After the win over West Brom, Newcastle United can get into the top half of the table with a victory vs. Leeds United.

Newcastle United will look to win their third straight Premier League match when they face Leeds United tomorrow, which would be a first-time feat under Steve Bruce.

Player to Watch

Newcastle United: Joelinton

Obviously, Callum Wilson is the target man for Newcastle. But, Joelinton has played a key role in both of the club’s recent wins with two assists and one goal in those fixtures. While his performance trailed off a bit in the second half vs. West Brom, he has looked good in a secondary role with less expectation to produce. If this match opens up, which it likely will, Joelinton could be a player to watch.

Leeds United: Patrick Bamford

Sixth on the Premier League top scorers’ list, Bamford has eight goals already this season. Similar to Newcastle, after the top goal man, there is a significant drop off. If the Magpies can lock in on Bamford in the final third and force someone else to beat them, they should have a good chance of getting a result vs. Leeds.

NUFC Availability Update

Steve Bruce indicated that everyone tested negative for Covid-19, including Federico Fernandez, who is back. He also stated that Ryan Fraser is fit and will be involved. With the quick turnaround and players working back from either having Covid or the lack of training because of the outbreak, I’d expect a considerable amount of squad rotation.

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Newcastle United will win if…

Make better decisions in the final third. After going up early vs. West Brom, Newcastle had multiple quality chances to add to their lead. But, they either made poor decisions to either pass or shoot, or simply had weak efforts on goal. With a high-tempo match expected tomorrow, the Magpies will need to be clinical in those crucial moments to take full advantage of a Leeds’ side that is tied for second-most goals conceded this season.