After a woeful performance against Brighton, Newcastle must pick themselves up for a tough trip to Leicester City.
The Magpies have won their previous two games at the King Power Stadium, proving to be a bit of a bogey team for the Foxes. But Brendan Rodgers’ side look very strong this season, and it will take a huge performance from Newcastle to get anything from the game.
But who should Steve Bruce pick to start?
Still too early for DeAndre Yedlin
Bruce confirmed ahead of the game that DeAndre Yedlin is available for selection once again. However, the game is probably too soon for the American international. Instead, Javi Manquillo should continue as the right wing-back.
The rest of the defence should remain unchanged. Matt Ritchie is still out injured, while Florian Lejeune is not fit enough to play just yet.
Academy graduate Sean Longstaff has missed the past two games due to an ankle injury, but is back in the squad for the trip to Leicester.
And the midfielder will likely walk straight back into the starting XI with Jonjo Shelvey now ruled out for a couple of weeks. The other option is Ki Sung-Yueng, but Longstaff seems the most likely. He’s got a strong partnership with Isaac Hayden, and they’ll have to be at their best to stop the Foxes’ creative midfielders.
Almiron keeps his place
Earlier in the week, the Daily Star reported that Miguel Almiron might be dropped. The Paraguayan is bang out of form but should keep his place in the side according to the Chronicle.
The bigger question is whether or not Allan Saint-Maximin should start. It would be a bold decision by Bruce to go with ASM and Almiron, but it’s a risk he should take.
Christian Atsu would be the safer option against a strong Leicester side, but Bruce needs something extra going forwards. This could be the first real chance we get to see our new front three of Almiron, ASM and Joelinton.
Predicted lineup to face Leicester: Dubravka; Schar, Lascelles, Dummett; Manquillo, Longstaff, Hayden, Willems; Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.