Newcastle begin life without Steve Bruce with a trip to Crystal Palace.

The Magpies sit second bottom in the Premier League, and will be looking for their first win of the season at the ninth time of asking.

Graeme Jones will take charge while the club search for a new manager, but who will the interim boss pick to start at Selhurst Park?

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Too early for Martin Dubravka

Ahead of the game, Jones confirmed that Martin Dubravka remains unavailable despite returning to training. That means that Karl Darlow will continue in between the sticks.

Newcastle have been rotten defensively this season, which could cause Jones to make a change of his own.

We expect Ciaran Clark and Matt Ritchie to drop out and be replaced by Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis.


The latter hasn’t started in the Premier League all season and will be desperate to prove his worth ahead of a new manager coming in.

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Almiron in, Joelinton out

Miguel Almiron missed the game against Tottenham due to his international exploits, but should be available for the trip to Crystal Palace.

The Paraguayan is one of our more exciting players and seems certain to return to the starting lineup. But who should he replace?

The most likely candidate is Joelinton. Despite something of a resurgence on the left wing, the Brazilian really struggled last week.

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Almiron should take his place, and most importantly play on the left rather than the right. That’s a mistake Bruce kept making, who failed to get the best out of the 27-year-old.

Miggy will join Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson in attack – a front three which should be able to cause Patrick Vieira’s side a lot of problems.

Predicted starting XI: Darlow; Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis; Willock, Hayden, Longstaff; Saint-Maximin, Wilson, Almiron.

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