Dubravka to return: Predicted Newcastle lineup to face Wolves
Dubravka to return: Predicted Newcastle lineup to face Wolves
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Dubravka to return: Predicted Newcastle lineup to face Wolves

After back-to-back defeats away from home, Newcastle return to St James’ Park to face Wolves.

Just three points separate Newcastle and the relegation zone, so the pressure is on to get a result.

The Magpies played well in the first half against Manchester United but fell apart in the second, so how many changes will Steve Bruce make to his side?

Dubravka in, Darlow out

One big change is expected against Wolves.

Karl Darlow has been fantastic this season, but it looks like his run in the starting XI is coming to an end.

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The pressure has been mounting on Darlow in recent weeks, and he was at fault at Old Trafford last week.

And according to the Telegraph, Bruce is set to make a change.

They report that Martin Dubravka will replace Darlow, which will be a huge boost for Toon fans.

It will be the Slovakian’s first Premier League start since last season’s final day defeat to Liverpool.

Dubravka has been extremely popular since arriving at the club for £4million, and is without a doubt the best goalkeeper we’ve got. Hopefully his return gives us a boost.

Too early for Fernandez

Last week Bruce suggested that Federico Fernandez could return against Wolves.

However, that now seems unlikely.

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Ahead of the game, Bruce said: “Federico Fernández has trained all week but tomorrow still might be a bit too early for him.”

That means Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark will continue at centre-back.

And while both full-backs have been struggling, it seems unlikely that Bruce will change anything there.

Another chance for Joelinton

After Dwight Gayle got the nod against Chelsea, it was Joelinton who started last time out.

The Brazilian limped off early in the second half due to injury, but Bruce has insisted that the forward is ‘OK’.

Therefore, I think it will be Joelinton who starts against Wolves.

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Out of the pair, Joelinton seemed more suited to the diamond system. And it seems unlikely that the system will change despite its flaws.

While the £40million man showed some nice touches last week and held the ball up, he needs to start getting into goalscoring positions.

Otherwise Bruce (or Graeme Jones, perhaps) may be forced to come up with an alternative plan.

Predicted lineup to face Wolves: Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis; Hayden, Willock, Shelvey, Almiron; Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.