Newcastle look to build on the hard-working draw against Manchester City on Saturday, by carrying on the momentum in the midweek game at Sheffield United.

It is Newcastle’s first visit to Bramall Lane since the two sides’ Championship meeting in November 2009, which Newcastle won 1-0 through an own-goal from Blades’ defender Chris Morgan.

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Chris Wilder’s side have made a fantastic start to the season, having lost just three games, and currently sit seventh in the table.

So it will not be an easy game, and despite many Newcastle fans seeing this as a winnable match when viewing the fixtures in the summer, it will be a very difficult game for Steve Bruce’s side.

Early team news

Newcastle have Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie and Andy Carroll all ruled out, while DeAndre Yedlin, who missed the game on Saturday, is rated as 50-50.

Allan Saint-Maximin is also rated at 50 per cent, but Bruce has already said he expects the influential winger to be in the side on Thursday.

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Florian Lejeune is still waiting for his chance, but Bruce is likely to stick with the same three central defenders as Saturday, which will also see Fabian Schar having to settle for the bench yet again.

Sheffield United appear to have no injury worries ahead of the game.

Referee: Stuart Attwell

The Warwickshire official has already been in charge of Newcastle twice this season – the defeat at Norwich, and the win at West Ham. He was also in charge of Sheffield United for their draw at Chelsea in August.

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In the two previous Magpies’ games, Attwell showed seven yellow cards – four of which were Newcastle players.

Overall this season he has been in the middle for seven Premier League games, and has booked 28 players, with one sending off – Wolves’ Romain Saiss for a two yellow card offences.

 

He made the headlines during the draw between Norwich and Manchester United, when he awarded two penalties for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side – the only two Premier League spot-kicks he has given this season.

Points to prove

Miguel Almiron will be hoping to show his first Newcastle assist against Man City can be a sign of things to come. He will be hoping to put on another show as good as that from Sunday against the Blades.

If he can repeat that form, and top it off with a goal, this could prove to be a pivotal week for the Paraguayan, as he looks to repay the faith manager Steve Bruce has continually shown in him.

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Newcastle as a whole will be aiming to prove Sunday’s performance can be backed up, and put the woeful defeat at Aston Villa very much in the rear-view mirror.

Sheffield United will be hoping they can continue to defy the pre-season odds, and justify their position in the table.

A win against Newcastle will extend the gap between the two sides to six points, but a Newcastle win will see the Magpies draw level, behind Chris Wilder’s side on goal difference.

Likely formations

Nothing about Saturday’s draw with Manchester City suggests Steve Bruce will change the formation, and again it is almost certain to be a back five when the opponents have the ball, but quickly turning it into a three at the back when Newcastle are in possession.

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He could opt to change the central three due to this being the third game in 10 days, although it is unlikely, but whoever starts, it will still be a 5-4-1 lineup.

Chris Wilder likes to play with a 3-5-2 formation, regardless of who the opposition is, so Thursday’s game with Newcastle is likely to be no different.

So it is likely to be the strike-force of David McGoldrick and Frenchman Lys Mousset, for the Newcastle back line to nullify, with the latter already scoring five goals this season.

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