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Predicted Newcastle team v Chelsea after Steve Bruce press conference

1 month ago
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The Newcastle team v Chelsea will be an interesting selection for Steve Bruce.

The NUFC Head Coach looking to get consecutive wins for the first time this season.

Or more realistically, any point(s) would be a bonus from a tough away game after beating Man Utd.

On Friday morning, Steve Bruce has confirmed that only two players are ruled out through injury/fitness issues, Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie.

Isaac Hayden missing out as well of course through serving the second match of his three game ban.

One player we can definitely mark down as a starter is Matty Longstaff.

Steve Bruce saying how could he leave the midfielder out after his display against Man Utd, when asked by a journalist if he’d keep his place.

After any win, it is fair to question whether you should change anybody.

Certainly the internationals shouldn’t affect anything. The small handful of players we had playing for their countries – no injury concerns reported and the last playing time was DeAndre Yedlin on Tuesday night, so plenty of time to be back and ready.

Indeed Yedlin will be extra keen to play for his club after a poor personal and team display saw the USA lose to Canada for the first time in 18 games.

Whilst the win over Man Utd was excellent, I can’t say that every player excelled.

So should changes be made?

Well I would make one or two but I don’t think Steve Bruce will.

Clark came in and did well so surely no chance of Dummett coming back in.

Willems still has no competition until Ritchie is back fit.

The media would love to see Almiron left out to ‘prove’ the are right but apart from failing to take his big chance in front of goal, he did ok and worked hard  as usual, plus played a key role in the winning goal. Plus, alternatives such as Atsu and Muto aren’t exactly inspiring.

One player who I do see as possibly getting a game soon, especially away from home, when pace on the counter-attack is especially valuable, is Dwight Gayle.

Not to necessarily replace Joelinton permanently but more to mix it up a bit and maybe even help the Brazilian with him coming on as an impact sub for the odd game.

However, I don’t think this will happen tomorrow but could well do at West Ham in the following away match.

Which gives me this predicted Newcastle team v Chelsea:

Here’s hoping.

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