Newcastle United: Predicted lineup for trip to Fulham

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) /

Newcastle United only have one controversial loss to their name this season, but they have also only celebrated one victory. The Magpies are currently tenth in the Premier League table and they will be looking to claim all three points to climb higher.

Injuries to important starters in key areas of the pitch have placed a ceiling on the Magpies in the last couple of weeks, but that trend should change with the return of a few names on the team sheet. Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes are expected to be fit for action, while Allan Saint-Maximin will be assessed once more in the final training session.

Rising star Elliot Anderson has been training with the team and could be ready to go as well. Jonjo Shelvey has not featured this season due to an injury he picked up in preseason, but Eddie Howe hinted that the midfielder will be available very soon.

That is all great news as Newcastle United will have sufficient talent available to cause some problems for Fulham on Saturday. The bad news is that record-signing Alexander Isak will miss this clash after picking up a knock while training with Sweden.

Callum Wilson will look to pick up where he left off for Newcastle United this weekend.

The Magpies need to find their rhythm again after their disappointing 1-1 draw to Bournemouth at St. James’ Park in their last Premier League outing. The players know they missed too many golden opportunities in front of goal, and that will need to change in London.

4-3-3: Wilson and Joelinton to Take the Reins for Newcastle

Nick Pope will be the main man between the sticks for Newcastle United despite starting twice for England over the international break. His tall frame and quick reactions can frustrate Aleksandar Mitrovic and company.

Kierian Trippier and Matt Targett are no-brainers for Howe this weekend as they have proven reliable all season. Fabian Schar has not done anything to lose his place as a starter, but he will be paired with Sven Botman this time around.

The Dutchman will have impressed Howe with his decision to withdraw from international duty to focus on training with Newcastle United in order to fight for his place with Dan Burn. The midfield trio ahead of the back line will see Brazilian duo Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes start alongside Sean Longstaff.

Joe Willock has gotten the nod in recent weeks, but he wasted too many chances against Bournemouth and gave the ball away a bit too easily. That third spot is screaming for Shelvey to return, but it will be Longstaff this weekend.

Leading the front line will be Callum Wilson, Miguel Almiron, and Ryan Fraser. If Saint-Maximin passes the final fit test then he is an obvious selection, but under the assumption he is not, Fraser takes his place. The Scottish winger impressed on international duty and Howe will look to maintain that individual momentum.

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4-3-3: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Targett; Guimaraes, Joelinton, Longstaff; Fraser, Almiron, Wilson