The Magpies are still searching for their second win of the season, with the first coming on the opening day against Nottingham Forest.
Meanwhile, the Cottagers have earned huge praise for their brave start to life back in the top-flight.
Eddie Howe has something of an injury crisis to contend with, as well as the return of the lethal Aleksandar Mitrovic to face his old side. The Serbian has six Premier League goals already in just seven games this season.
With that in mind, here’s the Newcastle XI we’re predicting from this afternoon’s game…
Nick Pope will be licking his wounds following a relatively unsuccessful spell out on international duty, however, has been ever-present in between the sticks for the Toon.
He will sit behind an unchanged defence, with Kieran Trippier likely to spearhead the creativity within the side due to the numerous injuries.
Arguably the biggest miss will be Bruno Guimaraes, who picked up an injury whilst playing for Brazil. Although it is not as bad as first thought, Howe will be hesitant to rush him back and risk further aggravation.
The 24-year-old Sean Longstaff will likely take his place, sitting beside the mercurial Joelinton and Joe Willock.
The “terrific talent” should be able to deputise comfortably for their midfield magician.
Their second biggest absentee could be Allan Saint-Maximin, who has not been seen since his last-gasp equaliser against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Howe will reportedly make a late decision on the French winger.
We expect him also not to be rushed back, with Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron flanking the return of Callum Wilson.
Speaking to the Footballers’ Footballer Podcast, the 30-year-old claimed: “We have Fulham on Saturday, which is away – looking forward to that one. I’ve worked hard to get to a point where I’m available for selection. I’ll be working hard this week in training, and then we’ll see where we are at.”
Aleksander Isak will miss out due to another injury sustained whilst away with his country, so will also have to sit this one out.
We think Wilson will just be fit enough to start and will be the man they rely on for what would be a great win on the road, with Howe’s staring XI representing two changes from the side that started the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth last time out.
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