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Predicted Newcastle team v Burnley – Nine changes

3 weeks ago
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Only a matter of hours now until we find out the Newcastle team v Burnley.

A 7.45pm kick-off on Wednesday night, as Newcastle United try to bounce back from two defeats in their opening home and away Premier League matches.

A fair bit of debate and controversy surrounding the latest defeat at Villa Park but in reality, Newcastle deserved nothing and didn’t even force the home keeper into having to make a save.

The question is, what changes will Steve Bruce make to his Newcastle team v Burnley?

Bruce as always claiming he gives the cup matches as much respect as the Premier League ones but with United kicking off against Southampton only some 65 hours after tonight’s match ends, what will be the reality with his team selection?

This is my predicted Newcastle team v Burnley for tonight’s 7.45pm kick-off:

Mark Gillespie

Looks a straightforward choice, with Dubravka and Darlow out for the foreseeable future.

Freddie Woodman protected for Saturday and Mark Gillespie deserving a chance to start a game, especially as he did well overall last season when playing three times in the League Cup last season.

Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark

Krafth and Clark look sure to come back into the team for this one, having been dropped on Saturday, Steve Bruce also saying on Tuesday that Dummett won’t be ready for this one.

Fernandez to get a shift off but I think Lascelles will stay in, with Steve Bruce having said that he was behind others when it came to getting back up to full fitness. Didn’t start against West Ham and came back in for Villa at the weekend.

Javier Manquillo and Jamal Lewis

Two players who have been totally sidelined by Steve Bruce.

Out of not a great set of options, Manquillo is easily Newcastle’s best defender on the right hand side. Murphy has done ok going forward in the opening matches but weak at the back.

Steve Bruce’s £15m buy Jamal Lewis hasn’t had a single start since February and indeed only six minutes in that time as a sub. Will definitely get 90 minutes tonight and just like on the right side, whilst Ritchie has been decent getting forward on the left, he has had a shocker at times in defence, difficult to see Lewis doing any worse in that respect and hopefully show an improvement.

Jeff Hendrick and Fabian Schar

Steve Bruce says we haven’t seen the best of Jeff Hendrick so far…

Well you will certainly see him tonight against his former teammates.

With Shelvey set to be missing for at least a month and Hayden out injured as well, very likely not available on Saturday either, I think Sean Longstaff will definitely be kept for the Southampton match.

Matty Longstaff might have got a game but probably not now, as Bruce says he is set to go out on loan.

Which leaves me thinking that we will see Fabian Schar pushed forward into a midfield role that he has played in a few times in the past for Newcastle, as well as for his country.

Dwight Gayle

He’ll play.

Still can’t get my head around a lot of what Steve Bruce does and his game management and subs this season are stand outs.

Going a couple of goals down against both Villa and West Ham, Bruce refusing to put Gayle on the pitch in either, quite bizarre.

He will get a chance tonight and hopefully score one or two to give the Head Coach something to think about the next time Newcastle are needing to chase a game, which probably won’t be too far in the future…

Joelinton and Ryan Fraser

Looks pretty clear that they will both get their first starts of the season as main support for Dwight Gayle.

Just like Gayle, hopefully they can produce something to push their claims for a Premier League place.

So this leaves my predicted Newcastle team v Burnley for our first cup match of the season as:

Gillespie, Manquillo, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Schar, Hendrick, Fraser, Joelinton, Gayle

If you think it isn’t believable that Steve Bruce won’t make as many as nine changes, then you haven’t been watching very closely.

Despite his boasts of always taking the cups as seriously as the Premier League, last season at this stage of the League Cup he made ten changes, then nine in the third round.

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