Newcastle take on Sheffield United in a must-win game in the Premier League for both sides.
The Magpies have had a tough run of fixtures recently and have only been able to take two points from the last 15 available.
In all competitions, it’s seven games without victory, and alarm bells will most certainly ring if Newcastle drop points tonight.
That’s because Sheffield United are firmly rooted at the bottom of the table having taken just two points all season.
Chris Wilder’s side got their first win of the season in the FA Cup against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, but they’re yet to taste victory in the Premier League in 17 attempts.
It’s a brilliant opportunity for the Magpies to get back on track, but it is paramount that the team don’t underestimate the hosts, who will see this game as a good opportunity to break their duck.
On social media, fans have been reacting to the XI that Bruce has selected for the game, which includes returns to the side for Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, but a five-at-the-back formation.
That is something that hasn’t gone down well at all, with many feeling it isn’t appropriate against the Premier League’s bottom side:
— 🇸🇦🇸🇦🇸🇦 (@joelixton) January 12, 2021
5 at the back man 🥶🥶🥶🥶🥶😂
— Connor Leason (@connorleason) January 12, 2021
Good joke. Now where’s the real lineup
— 𝕄𝕚𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕖𝕝⚫️⚪️ (@MichaelNUFC_) January 12, 2021
5 at the back against winless in the league Sheffield…
— beth (@bethmann99) January 12, 2021
5 at the back are you joking man
— Mason‼️ (@MasonNUFC_) January 12, 2021
5 at the back against a side that is winless this season?! We need to score more goals! Absolute joke of a line up once again
— Travis Manning (@TravisManning_) January 12, 2021
God save the queen man I give up
— Jacob🇸🇦 (@NUFCjacob6) January 12, 2021