Newcastle have a chance to make it a hat-trick of wins when they take on Liverpool.

With Fulham not playing this weekend, it is effectively a free hit for the Magpies.

While the Reds are tough opposition, it is a great chance to extend the gap between ourselves and the bottom three.

And Liverpool have proven this season that they are not the force they once were.

But who will start for Steve Bruce at Anfield?

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Goalkeeper change on the bench

Ahead of the game, Bruce confirmed that Karl Darlow is set to be out for a few weeks.

The 30-year-old had a ‘small operation’ on his knee, ruling him out.

That means that Mark Gillespie will likely act as backup to Martin Dubravka.

But with no fresh injury concerns, it seems unlikely that anything will change at the back.

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Matt Ritchie has been hugely impressive as left wing-back, while Jacob Murphy has had a big impact on the opposite side.

 

One positive is Fabian Schar. While this weekend might come too early according to Bruce, the centre-back is closing in on a return.

Bench for Wilson again

Callum Wilson is continuing his comeback from injury.

The top scorer has came off the bench in our past two games, as he rebuilds his fitness following a hamstring problem.

He wasn’t spotted in training on Thursday which caused some concern for fans, but Bruce confirmed that he is fine for the game against Liverpool.

However, it would be a surprise to see him start.

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Joelinton was impressive against West Ham, and even got himself a goal. Sure, it came after a huge error by Lukasz Fabianski, but they all count.

Allan Saint-Maximin is also fit after limping off against the Hammers, and he could be the key to getting a result at the home of the champions.

Predicted XI to face Liverpool: Dubravka; Murphy, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie; S.Longstaff, Shelvey, Almiron; Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.

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