Newcastle will face Leicester City in tomorrow’s Carabao Cup match at St James Park. It will be an intriguing match for a few reasons.
First, we will see what type of lineup Steve will use in his first Cup tie with Newcastle. He has vowed that he is aiming for a cup run this season, but he’s been handed a tough draw to start off with.
We would expect a few changes from Sunday’s match at Tottenham but are not too sure he can afford to completely overhaul the starting eleven. There will be some changes for sure; however, he is very limited in what he can do upfront without having to drastically change the system.
If Joelinton is rested for Watford, then who will lead the line? The likely choice would be Yoshinori Muto, but he cannot do what the big Brazilian can and would need someone upfront to partner with.
We will likely see either Federico Fernandez or Ciaran Clark come in for Jamaal Lascelles, who hurt his calf at Tottenham but should be fine for Watford on Saturday. There are also Jetro Willems and Javier Manquillo who haven’t played in the past two games so are due for a run-out.
Karl Darlow also could make his first appearance of the season in goal. Though, we would not be surprised if Martin Dubravka gets used more in the cup matches this season.
Ayoze Perez– makes his return to St James Park
Ayoze Perez will also make his return to St James Park and could feature in the match at some point. Ayoze has started all three Premier League games for Leicester this season, so we will see if he gets the nod from the start.
This is the first match since the resounding win at Spurs on Sunday. A flat performance here will be a step backward for Steve Bruce and the players. They need to show consistency and keep the momentum from Sunday’s result going.
Leicester City are unbeaten in the league so far and sit in fourth place. This is a tough draw for sure, but Leicester will also be resting some starters. Hopefully, Newcastle can get a win to keep the positivity flowing.