After a bruising defeat to Burnley, Newcastle look to get back on track against Crystal Palace this weekend.
The Eagles are on the back of a 1-1 draw with rivals Brighton, but have multiple injury issues to worry about.
As for Newcastle, Steve Bruce has received a fitness boost ahead of the game which should massively influence his starting XI.
No change at the back
Ahead of the game, Bruce confirmed that Ciaran Clark is still out with injury. Therefore, it’ll likely be the same back five that started at Turf Moor.
Whether Jonjo Shelvey returns or not, there’ll be a lot of pressure on Fabian Schar to bring the ball out from the back and start attacks from deep. He celebrated his 28th birthday on Friday, so here’s hoping he can celebrate with a goal.
Shelvey in, Longstaff out
Shelvey missed last week’s game, and Sean Longstaff failed to seize the opportunity. The youngster was far from his usual self, sloppy in possession on more than one occasion.
Newcastle need Shelvey’s intelligence on the ball, so if he’s fit, which Bruce hopes he will be, he has to come back into the starting XI.
Almiron in, Atsu out
Newcastle’s makeshift front three were poor against Burnley. It was the first game without Allan Saint-Maximin, while Miguel Almiron also missed out due to injury.
It sounds like Almiron is ready to return against Palace, which is bad news for Christian Atsu. The Ghanaian had a golden chance last week, but failed to take it. His overall performance was poor, passing up a great opportunity to score in the first half.
The Burnley game showed how much we need Almiron, and it’s Atsu who he should replace rather than Joelinton.
The Brazilian will likely start out wide again, with Andy Carroll leading the line through the middle.
Predicted lineup to face Crystal Palace: Dubravka; Schar, Fernandez, Dummett; Manquillo, Hayden, Shelvey, Willems; Almiron, Joelinton, Carroll.