Newcastle are unbeaten in their last four games as they prepare to welcome Arsenal to St James’ Park.
Wins against Burnley and West Ham and draws against Tottenham and Liverpool have steered Newcastle away from danger, as they look set to remain in the Premier League.
As for Arsenal, they head to the north east on the back of a disappointing result in the Europa League semi-final first leg.
The Magpies have a great chance to pick up more points at Arsenal’s expense, but who will start for Steve Bruce’s side?
Will Ritchie make it?
Ahead of the game, Bruce admitted that Matt Ritchie is a ‘slight doubt’.
The 31-year-old has a calf problem, but Bruce expects him to be okay.
That is the only fresh injury concern, and it is likely that Newcastle will name an unchanged defence.
There is a chance that Fabian Schar could return to the squad, as he continues his comeback from injury.
Wilson to start
Callum Wilson hasn’t started for Newcastle since the 3-2 win over Southampton on February 6th.
The striker has came off the bench in the last three games, and was denied a late goal against Liverpool by VAR.
Bruce has been careful with Wilson after his injury, but he seems set to start against the Gunners.
“I think he’s ready [to start],” Bruce said.
“We’ve waited patiently which was important. The more confident you get with a hamstring that you can get to full pace is important & the way he burst through against Liverpool was typical Callum. I think he’s ready.”
Wilson was lively when he came on against Liverpool, and will give us even more threat going forwards.
We have looked much more dangerous in recent weeks, and Wilson will only add to that.
However, Wilson starting means someone will need to drop to the bench. And despite his improved form, it seems all but certain that Joelinton will miss out.
The Brazilian has been decent in recent weeks, but now is the time for Wilson to return to the side.
Predicted XI vs Arsenal: Dubravka; Murphy, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie; S.Longstaff, Shelvey, Almiron; Saint-Maximin, Wilson.