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Two Newcastle United players pick up suspensions in 2-0 defeat at Arsenal

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Eddie Howe will be without two more Newcastle United players on Tuesday night.

A trio of Newcastle United players went into the Arsenal match very likely to be suspended in the near future.

With two of the three ‘achieving’ that at the Emirates.

With 13 Premier League matches now played, two Newcastle United players have now picked up five bookings each.

The rules stating that any player who gets five bookings from their side’s first 19 Premier League matches. will serve a one-match ban in the same competition (Yellow cards are not carried over to the League Cup or FA Cup).

This is the state of play with cards for Newcastle United players so far in this 2021/22 Premier League season after the Arsenal match:

5 Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles

4 Callum Wilson

3 Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey (2 of his 3 came in the home Spurs match leading to a red)

2 Ciaran Clark, Joelinton, Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy, Allan Saint-Maximin, Fabian Schar

1 Miguel Almiron, Karl Darlow, Sean Longstaff, Emil Krafth

So Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles have now triggered an automatic one match ban, thanks to picking up a fifth PL booking of the season at Arsenal.

No doubt a fair number of Newcastle fans will wonder if this may just work to NUFC’s advantage, with both Lascelles and Ritchie having big question marks over them, when it comes to the quality of their defending this season.

Jamal Lewis hasn’t had a single start in the Premier League since February, whilst mysteriously, Federico Fernandez hasn’t even made the bench these past five PL games. These two would appear to be the most obvious to come in as replacements.

Thankfully, Callum Wilson avoided a fifth yellow of the season today, though Emil Krafth picked up his first yellow of the season.

Wilson has to avoid another card in any of the next six Premier League games to avoid a one match ban of his own.

Upcoming Newcastle United Premier League matches:

Tuesday 30 November 7.30pm – Norwich home (Amazon Prime)

Saturday 4 December 3pm – Burnley home

Sunday 12 December 2pm – Leicester away (Sky Sports)

Thursday 16 December 8pm – Liverpool away (BT Sport)

Sunday 19 December 2pm – Man City home (Sky Sports)

Monday 27 December 8pm – Man Utd home (Sky Sports)

Thursday 30 December 7.30pm – Everton away (Amazon Prime)

So, Man Utd at home is the 19th Premier League match of the season for Newcastle United and if any player gets a fifth yellow card of the season against Everton, it wouldn’t lead to an automatic suspension.

However, any Newcastle United players who accumulate 10 yellow cards in Premier League matches up to and including their team’s 32nd fixture, will then serve a two match suspension in the Premier League.

Can an enforced new look defence help Newcastle United to start turning the corner on Tuesday night…

Stats from BBC Sport:

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 27 November 12.30pm

Goals:

Arsenal:

Saka 56, Martinelli 66

Newcastle:

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Arsenal 66% (79%) Newcastle 34% (21%)

Total shots were Arsenal 24 (12)  Newcastle 9 (4)

Shots on target were Arsenal 6 (2) Newcastle 5 (2)

Corners were Arsenal 4 (1) Newcastle 4 (2)

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Crowd: 59,886 (Newcastle 3,000)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Fraser, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Ritchie (Almiron 67), Shelvey (Hayden 89), Willock, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton (Murphy 67), Wilson

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hendrick, Lewis, Manquillo, Clark, Longstaff

(Alan Shearer half-time, full-time and penalty reactions to Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)

(Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

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