Eddie Howe will make his debut as Newcastle United manager on Saturday.

The Magpies face Brentford at St James’ Park, in what should be a cracking game of football.

The atmosphere inside the stadium should be fantastic, as fans welcome Howe to the club.

But who will the 43-year-old pick for his first game in charge?

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Dubravka and Fernandez return

Howe will hopefully recall two experienced figures to the starting lineup.

Martin Dubravka hasn’t featured for Newcastle this season due to injury, but played for Slovakia during the international break.

If he’s fit enough, he should replace Karl Darlow in the starting XI.

 

The other 32-year-old who should start is Federico Fernandez. The veteran defender hasn’t even been able to get on the bench in recent weeks.

But Howe will want his players to be better on the ball, and that’s why Fernandez will hopefully replace Ciaran Clark.

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Ryan Fraser starts

It seems likely that Newcastle will line-up in a 4-4-2 formation against Brentford.

Allan Saint-Maximin will likely be on one wing, and Ryan Fraser the other. The Scotland international has had injury bother, but returned to full training this week.

Fraser has struggled so far at Newcastle, but the arrival of Howe should give him a new lease of life.

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Joelinton joins Wilson up top

Joelinton has played predominantly out wide this season, but Howe often used a traditional front two at Bournemouth. That should give the Brazilian the nod to play up front.

He has combined well with Wilson in the past, and the 25-year-old is another Toon player who will hope to improve under the new manager.

Predicted XI vs Brentford: Dubravka; Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Ritchie; Fraser, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton, Wilson.

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