Newcastle United is gearing up to take on another strong opponent in Manchester City this coming Saturday, March 4, at 12:30 P.M.
Currently, Newcastle United has been struggling in recent contests and looks to bounce back on the road against the No. 2 team in the Premier League.
The Magpies most recent contest came against Manchester United, in the Carabao Cup Final, where they fell 2-0 in regulation. Before that game, they took on Liverpool in league play where they once again took a loss, 2-0. With recent losses and issues plaguing the team, the team’s contest against Manchester City will be important to be a bounce back.
Manchester City has been in stellar form as of late, with the team winning three of their last five league contests. Their most recent loss occurred on Feb. 5, where they fell 1-0 to Tottenham.
With high-form play coming from City, it will be important for Newcastle United to be locked in and ready to go.
What is the lineup going to look like for Newcastle United?
Newcastle United should be utilizing a generally normal lineup.
In the back, it should be Nick Pope in goal who is returning after serving his one-match red card ban. Alongside Pope, it should be Kieran Trippier on the right and Dan Burn on the left. In the middle the team will send out Sven Botman and Fabian Schar.
In the midfield, I’d expect the team to give Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton the start.
Up top, the team will most likely be giving Anthony Gordon his first start on the left, with Callum Wilson up top and Miguel Alimron on the right side. This may be controversial by sending Allan Saint-Maximin to the bench, but Gordon deserves to be given a start with his play looking solid. I’d expect to see him either start, or come off the bench and play a good amount of time.
Who should you be on the lookout for?
Now I may just be holding onto hope, but Gordon will explode one of these games coming soon. It would be picture perfect for him to grab his first goal in the black and white in a big contest against Manchester City.
Gordon came to Newcastle United in the January transfer window and has impressed, yet manager Eddie Howe has not given him the opportunity to shine in the starting 11 just yet.
Tomorrow, against City, I’m going out on a limb to say that Gordon secures himself an assist and helps the team find its first goal since Feb. 11.
If you don’t want to listen and want someone else to lookout for, I’d be willing to entertain the possibility that Pope records a shutout in his first game back from the red card.
Going into tomorrows game, Pope will have recorded 14 shutouts on the season. Can he find his 15th?