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Woodman out, Darlow in: Predicted Newcastle United lineup to face Leeds

Newcastle go in search of their first win of the season against Leeds on Friday night.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are also yet to taste victory in the Premier League, with both sides boasting a leaky defence.

Leeds have got major problems at the back, while the Magpies may once again struggle for goals without talisman Callum Wilson.

But who will Steve Bruce start against Leeds?

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Darlow in, Woodman out

It feels like this will be the game where Freddie Woodman is dropped.

The youngster struggled against Manchester United, and was at fault for both of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals.

It was reported during the week that Woodman will be dropped, making way for the returning Karl Darlow.

Customary change in defence

Every game this season, Bruce has changed at least one of his three centre-backs. Why change the habit of a lifetime against Leeds?

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Isaac Hayden is the player who should drop out. It never really made sense as to why he played centre-back at Old Trafford anyway.

While Fabian Schar should arguably come on for his ability on the ball, the experienced Federico Fernandez feels much more likely.

Paul Dummett definitely won’t feature, with Bruce stating the Leeds clash is still too early for him.

Front three continues

Bruce slightly tweaked the system against Manchester United, and it worked to some extent.

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Miguel Almiron was able to play higher up the pitch, and had his best game for a while.

Although some fans want Dwight Gayle to start, that feels unlikely. It will surely be Allan Saint-Maximin through the middle. While he might be more dangerous out wide, Bruce certainly sees him as a striker right now.

Predicted XI: Darlow; Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark; Manquillo, Willock, Longstaff, Ritchie; Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.

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