Predicted Newcastle lineup to face Brentford: Joelinton in, Longstaff out

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Predicted Newcastle lineup to face Brentford: Joelinton in, Longstaff out

It’s Newcastle United vs Brentford at St James’ Park this weekend, and Eddie Howe will want his team to record back-to-back wins.

The Magpies were excellent at Fulham last time out. A 4-1 win gave Newcastle their second victory of the season, and moved them up to seventh in the league.

Howe will be hoping for an equally impressive performance on Saturday, although Brentford may pose a sterner test. Not going down to 10 men within 10 minutes would be a start…

Another win would be the perfect way to toast the one-year anniversary of the takeover, and this is the Newcastle team we expect to see vs Brentford

No change needed at the back

Had it not been for a late lapse in concentration, Newcastle would have got a clean sheet last week. It was the only thing missing from the afternoon.

However, the Fulham goal came after a raft of changes. The initial back four that started at Craven Cottage was very impressive. That included Sven Botman, who played well on his return to the starting XI.

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We expect Howe to continue with the same defence against Brentford. That means Dan Burn operating at left-back and leaving Matt Targett on the bench.

Joelinton returns to the starting team vs Brentford

While we anticipate no changes in defence, we do expect one in midfield.

Joelinton was an unused substitute last time out, having been injured during the international break. But the 26-year-old has trained this week, and should be back in the side.

But whose place does he take? Sadly for Sean Longstaff, it will likely be him.

The academy graduate played well last week, and even scored his first goal of the season. Howe was full of praise after the game, calling Longstaff a ‘talented lad‘.

However, Joelinton is a pivotal player, and should walk straight back into the Toon midfield alongside Joe Willock and Bruno Guimaraes.

Chance for Jacob Murphy

Jacob Murphy was a surprise starter last week. He took Ryan Fraser’s place on the left wing and did well. He had the freedom of Craven Cottage at times, and perhaps should have done even better.

But his performance should earn him another shot in the starting XI. However, there will be pressure on him to perform with Allan Saint-Maximin nearing a return to fitness.

Murphy will be joined in attack by Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron, who will hope to build on his exceptional outing against Fulham.

Predicted XI vs Brentford: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Willock, Bruno, Joelinton; Almiron, Murphy, Wilson.