After a two week absence following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Newcastle United return to action against Bournemouth this weekend.
Tributes will be paid before and during the game, with fans encouraged to arrive at St James’ Park earlier than they usually would.
On the footballing side of things, Eddie Howe will be desperate for his side to get their second win of the season at the expense of his former club.
However, he will likely be facing the Cherries without some of his top players.
With that in mind, this is our predicted Newcastle lineup vs Bournemouth
Newcastle’s England callups start
It was announced on Thursday that Nick Pope and Kieran Trippier are in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad. That’s great news for their World Cup aspirations this winter.
And the duo will almost certainly start against Bournemouth. Pope has been arguably our best player so far this season, while Trippier is our main leader on the pitch.
They will be joined at the back by Fabian Schar, Sven Botman and Matt Targett, with Dan Burn starting on the bench like he did against Crystal Palace.
He will be joined by new signing Loris Karius, who will act as backup to Pope during Karl Darlow’s injury absence.
Bruno Guimaraes returns vs Bournemouth, but only as a sub
Newcastle currently have Bruno Guimaraes, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson unavailable due to injury.
Howe has refused to confirm or deny if any of the trio will return on Saturday, but Sky Sports’ Keith Downie believes it is ‘likely’ that the Brazilian will be involved. However, the other two will miss out again.
It’s excellent news to have Bruno back, but it would be a surprise to see him start given he’s probably had limited training.
That means Sean Longstaff will likely start in his place again, and will need to play even better given Bruno’s presence on the bench.
Fraser starts against his former club
With Saint-Maximin and Wilson set to miss out again, it feels likely that Howe will go with the same front three that started against Crystal Palace. On that day we saw Miguel Almiron on the right, Ryan Fraser on the left and Alexander Isak through the middle.
Almiron and Isak are sure to start, but Fraser’s place in the side is far less secure. He wasn’t great against Palace, eventually drifting out of the game after a bright start.
However, he should receive the chance to start against his former side, despite the threat of Elliot Anderson on the bench.
It will be the first time Fraser has played against Bournemouth since his controversial exit in 2020.
Predicted XI to play Bournemouth: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Targett; Willock, Longstaff, Joelinton; Fraser, Almiron, Isak.