Steve Bruce is preparing his Newcastle team for a trip to Crystal Palace.
NEWPORT, WALES – SEPTEMBER 30: Newcastle Manager Steve Bruce (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Newcastle United face off against Crystal Palace on Friday evening in what is a vital game for the Magpies.

The Tyneside club have bene on a slide as of late, losing three of their last five games, and a game away at Crystal Palace represents a good chance to get some more points on the board.

Palace are certainly no pushovers, picking up some impressive wins already this season, but after they lost 1-0 to Burnley on Monday evening, one has to think they’re there for the taking.

Of course, if Steve Bruce’s side are going to get anything against Roy Hodgson’s outfit they will have to put out the right team for the job.

We’ve had a go at predicting Newcastle’s starting XI for Friday’s game.

Newcastle's predicted starting XI vs Crystal Palace
Newcastle’s predicted starting XI vs Crystal Palace

There are plenty of changes to dissect in this side.

Steve Bruce has already confirmed that Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey will play a part against for Newcastle against Crystal Palace on Friday.

 

We’ve backed them to be put into the starting XI from the start, with Ritchie utilised at left wing-back and Shelvey played in the middle of the park.

Unfortunately, Bruce stated that a number of Newcastle players are self-isolating, but we don’t know the identity of those players as of yet, so this XI could be affected by that.

The rest of the defence aside from Shelvey is what you’d expect it to be. However, Jacob Murphy is preferred to Javier Manquillo, as we expect Bruce to revert to a 5-3-2 after playing a 5-4-1 against Chelsea.

The reason for this formation change is the return of Callum Wilson up front, and we expect him to be partnered by Allan Saint-Maximin as he has been many times so far this season.

The trio of Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff and Shelvey are tasked with holding down the midfield.

This is sure to be an interesting battle between two very defensive sides, so Bruce’s tactics and team selection are more important than ever.

Jonjo Shelvey will play a part for Newcastle against Crystal Palace, Steve Bruce has confirmed.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
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