Newcastle United face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane tonight, and it’s a big opportunity for the Magpies.

Steve Bruce’s side have been in poor form over the past few weeks, although the club have had some tough fixtures.

Tonight’s opponents Sheffield United represent a brilliant opportunity for the three points, with Chris Wilder’s side yet to win in the Premier League so far.

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The Blades have taken just two points from 17 games and are looking likely to be relegated at the end of the season.

Newcastle don’t want to become the side they break their duck against, so Bruce will be going as strong as possible.

Karl Darlow or Martin Dubravka is the big selection headache, but the manager surely has to stick with the wonderfully conistent Darlow until he makes an error.

 

In defence, Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar could return after missing out against Arsenal in the FA Cup, with Jamaal Lascelles perhaps dropping out after only last 45 minutes against the Gunners.

They could be joined by Ciaran Clark, who has been showing really good form of late, in a back three, with Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin as the wing-backs.

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In midfield, there could be a start for Matty Longstaff who did not feature against Arsenal, and his partner could be Isaac Hayden, who hopefully has it in him to start after playing 120 minutes on Saturday.

Up top, one would think Jacob Murphy will come back into the side, with Miguel Almiron retaining his place and Callum Wilson returning to replace Andy Carroll.

Carroll was good against Arsenal, despite some poor finishing, but it could be a risk to start him against the Blades so hopefully £20 million summer signing Wilson (BBC Sport) is OK to come back in.

That’s eight changes to the side that lost to Arsenal at the weekend, but hopefully Bruce can just go with a team that will be positive against the team that has been by far and away the worst in the division this season.

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