The season kicks off on Sunday afternoon at St James Park against Arsenal. We did a report earlier today about Arsenal’s incomings and outgoings as well as some of the fitness questions they face for this match.
This is a massive chance for Steve Bruce and the lads to get off to a roaring start this season. Though this is a very difficult fixture to predict.
It looks like Matt Ritchie is touch and go at the moment as to whether he will play a part. We do know that DeAndre Yedlin, Florian Lejeune, Andy Carroll, and most likely Christian Atsu will not make the matchday squad due to injury.
It could be debuts for some of the new lads though. Will Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jetro Willems, and Emil Krafth get to make their debuts in front of the home crowd at St James Park?
This is what Steve Bruce said this morning about our opponents.
“Make no mistake – they were Europa League finalists. They’re a big club and have been for years. You always know it’s going to be a tough game.
“They are a big club that have threats at the top of the field. I expect them to be very good and they have had a wonderful window.”
We hope that the lads can give a performance that will augur well for the coming season. It is definitely going to be an interesting match to watch that’s for sure.
So how do you think the lads will fare against the Gunners?