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Predicted Newcastle team v Southampton

11 months ago
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All eyes are now on the Newcastle team v Southampton.

Steve Bruce and his players facing the Saints, hoping to keep their undefeated run at home going in the Premier League, since losing to Arsenal on the opening day.

The Newcastle United Head Coach, like every other PL boss, was facing two matches only a few days apart.

Some made changes in midweek, whilst others have made their changes in the games played so far this weekend, in the Saturday matches.

Steve Bruce gambled keeping the same team, with the exception of Carroll for Joelinton, on Thursday night and the decision was vindicated with a 2-0 win.

However, it looks nailed on that a number of changes will be made on Sunday.

Indeed, Steve Bruce indicated that this will be the case when speaking ahead of that Sheffield United game:

“Going on to Thursday (Sheffield United away) and then Sunday (Southampton at home) has got me thinking (about changes)…but we will address that on Thursday.

“I’m thinking of changes, which is something I believe we will have to do because of the amount of games we have to play.”

This game on Sunday at home to Southampton kicks off less than 65 hours after the Sheffield United match, so it makes sense to use the squad, plus it will also keep the squad happy with other players getting time on the pitch.

In midweek, Steve Bruce said that as well as Lascelles and Ritchie missing, he was going to give Lejeune more time after his two injuries in quick succession.

On top of that, it turned out Saint-Maximin played on Thursday with an ankle injury and was limping around afterwards with ice on it.

As for Carroll, Steve Bruce said it was very unlikely that after playing 70 minutes in the win, he would be able to start against Southampton.

Starting up front, I think Joelinton will definitely start. It would wreck his confidence further if left out and I doubt Mike Ashley would be happy if his £40m dream signing was left on the bench again.

With ASM set to miss I think Almiron will definitely be asked to put another shift in. On the other side I think Christian Atsu will get his chance, having looked tidy when coming off the bench recently. A little unfair on Dwight Gayle maybe but I think if/when he gets his chance it will be playing through the middle.

In centre of midfield, it must make sense this time to rotate and Sean Longstaff for Shelvey looks the most obvious, especially with Shelvey still recovering from that VAR goal run on Thursday…

At the back, Steve Bruce could well go with the same five but I think the smart money is on Fabian Schar getting a run out, with probably Dummett not Clark dropping to the bench.

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

Newcastle up against another form side, as Southampton were unlucky to draw 2-2 at Arsenal (conceded in 96th minute) and then have won their last two games both at home.

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