Newcastle United take on West Ham this weekend at the London Stadium, but could be without some key players against the Hammers.
The Magpies are desperately looking for a second win of the season, having failed to pick up three points since the opening day triumph over Nottingham Forest.
Eddie Howe’s side will be keen to bounce back after the VAR debacle that cost them victory against Crystal Palace last weekend, while West Ham had similar issues at Stamford Bridge.
But who will Howe pick to hopefully guide his side to victory? Here is our predicted Newcastle starting lineup vs West Ham
No changes in defence vs West Ham
Newcastle kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace, and weren’t massively troubled by Patrick Vieira’s side.
It would therefore be a surprise to see Howe make any changes in defence. That means £35million signing Sven Botman and Fabian Schar will continue their blossoming partnership, leaving Dan Burn on the bench.
That will disappoint the local lad, but he could feature as a substitute like he did last week when he replaced Matt Targett in the second half.
Elliot Anderson predicted to be on the Newcastle bench again
For all the disappointment of VAR, a lot of the post-game talk last week was about Elliot Anderson.
He came on in the 70th minute to replace Ryan Fraser and was sensational. The 19-year-old showed real courage to try and win the game for Newcastle, but his efforts didn’t lead to a goal.
His performance proved that he should be playing more for Newcastle, as he edges closer to a first Premier League start.
However, that is unlikely to come at West Ham. Anderson is better served coming off the bench in the second half and having an impact as a substitute.
A first start will eventually come, but don’t expect Howe to give him it on Sunday.
Last chance for Ryan Fraser
Fraser has started Newcastle’s last two games in the absence of Allan Saint-Maximin, but hasn’t really delivered. He started well against Palace but eventually faded.
The 28-year-old should start again, but this could be his last chance to prove he should be in Howe’s first XI. Saint-Maximin isn’t far away from returning, and Fraser has done nothing yet to suggest he should play ahead of him.
Predicted XI vs West Ham: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Targett; Willock, Longstaff, Joelinton; Almiron, Fraser, Isak.