Newcastle travel to Wolves this afternoon to take on a Wolves side packed with a lot of individual talent.

Steve Bruce must set his side up to deal with the likes of Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence, but must also ensure his side takes Nuno Espirito Santo’s men on themselves and don’t just sit back.

To do that, the ex-Sunderland boss will need to make some changes to the side who rolled over and got hammered by Manchester United last time out.

Here’s the XI we think Bruce should opt for against Wolves…

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Karl Darlow in goal, Federico Fernandez dropped

If Karl Darlow has recovered from the knock he suffered after a collision with Marcus Rashford, we think he should definitely start over Mark Gillespie, who’s never made a Premier League appearance.

In front of him, Bruce needs to change the defence. Removing the captain in Jamaal Lascelles would be a controversial move, so we feel that £6 million man Federico Fernandez should make way for Fabian Schar, who is one of Newcastle’s best players.


Same midfield apart from Joelinton, Callum Wilson starts

The midfield five of Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton – which started against the Red Devils – should largely stay the same in our view, except Bruce should swap the Brazilian out for Ryan Fraser.

The Scottish winger – who Bruce described as ‘electrifying’ to The Chronicle – is yet to start a Premier League game for the Magpies.

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However, we think his directness and dribbling ability would come in handy against a Wolves side who typically play with wing-backs pushed high up the pitch, affording space in behind for wide attackers.

Up top on his own, we think Callum Wilson – who has four goals in five league games – deserves another start.

Predicted lineup: Darlow; Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis; Hayden, Shelvey, Hendrick, Saint-Maximin, Fraser; Wilson.

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