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Predicted Newcastle team v Burnley

1 month ago
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All eyes are now on the Newcastle team v Burnley.

Steve Bruce and his players facing the Clarets, hoping to keep their run of results going, having picked up 13 points in the last six games.

A bit of recovery time this week after two games less than 72 hours apart produced two wins against Sheffield United and Southampton.

Further injuries are set to enforce at least some changes on the starting eleven, whilst no surprise if there is at least one change made out of choice by the NUFC Head Coach.

Martin Dubravka is surely the most in form keeper in the Premier League and has been man of the match in all of NUFC’s last three matches, as well as in many others previously.

In front of him, we are probably looking at a minimum of at least one change. Ciaran Clark was forced off injured at half-time on Sunday, so a replacement likely.

Fabian Schar made a mistake for the goal when ducking under a long ball for no discernible reason but coming on for Clark against Southampton, you would think all but certain he will start.

Lascelles is out injured and even if Lejeune at last came back into the squad, it would surely be on the bench first.

Willems had one of his poorest games on Sunday, he will definitely stay in you would have thought.

I would like to see Sean Longtaff come back into the team but Hayden and Shelvey will play and it was a disaster when Steve Bruce tried to play three central midfielders at the start of the season, so unless he comes up with better tactics/formation, the elder Longstaff will stay on the bench.

I’d like to see Miguel Almiron back on his favoured left side but doubt it will happen, with Bruce set to bring Atsu in on the left I reckon. A tough ask I think to fill the now injured ASM’s boots and I would have looked at alternatives, with maybe even Joelinton moved out wide.

Instead I think Steve Bruce will keep the same very negative formation with simply Atsu for Saint-Maximin, then bring in Carroll for Joelinton through the middle.

The Brazilian possibly reached a new low last week and blindly keeping him in the team as the centre-forward will surely simply see his confidence levels sink further, especially if he is as isolated as usual with so little support.

The above gives me this predicted Steve Bruce Newcastle team v Burnley:

Newcastle travel to Burnley and face a team with six defeats in the last eight matches, so a match where there is everything to play for.

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