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Bruce Rotates Heavily In Our Predicted Lineup For Burnley



This is the team we predict Steve Bruce will select for Saturday’s match at Burnley. It has four changes from the win against Southampton last Sunday.

Andy Carroll comes in to make his second start for the struggling Joelinton. This just feels like it’s going to happen after the performances Andy has put in for our last two wins. He came on against Southampton and changed the game so we think Bruce is going to go with the big Geordie.

We doubt Bruce will tinker too much with the formation just yet despite the loss of Allan Saint-Maximin. So Christian Atsu tries to fill the massive shoes of the enigmatic Frenchman on the left. He’ll be very motivated to impress and his three assists this season leads the team.


Ciaran Clark was not spotted in any of the training images released on Wednesday so we have Fabian Schar back in the team. There’s no reason to risk Ciaran with Fabian ready to go. He’ll push Federico Fernandez into the middle of the back three.

The next one may be a bit controversial but we’re going with DeAndre Yedlin at left-back. He’s not made the last three squads presumably with his hip injury though he has been training. We think Bruce will give the American the nod even though Javier Manquillo has been outstanding in his last three starts.

We expect Bruce to go for the pacier option who had been getting into the box often against West Ham and Bournemouth. While his defensive frailties caused us problems at Aston Villa, like Atsu he’ll be very motivated to put in a performance.

The rest of the team remains the same. We think Bruce will stick with Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden in the midfield as they have done the job since the West Ham win.

The bench could look something like this.

Darlow, Manquillo, Lejeune, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff, Joelinton, Gayle

With Clark possibly unavailable, we have Florian Lejeune making his first matchday squad. We also have Matty Longstaff back traveling with the team. With limited options on the wing, Bruce may have to bring on a third midfielder like he did last weekend.

Of course, we really wouldn’t be surprised by what Bruce decides to do. This one is very hard to predict but as long as the lads put in a solid display and get a result, we will be very pleased.

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20 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Dec 12, 2019 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Yedlin at right back me thinks

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 12, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Jesper where are you? We’re rotating! Quick!!!

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 12, 2019 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Will Chi keep her seat?

    0
  • Mag52

    Dec 12, 2019 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #4

    For me we should stick with Manquillo at RB.
    I’d like Gayle to be given a start with Carroll coming on from the bench to help the defence hold out for a close win.

    2
  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2019 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #5

    14000 maj last time Micky
    I think she’s safe

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #6

    The Wife can we have your considered opinion on Toon22. I know he increases your hits by a daft factor but why do you stand by as he flings accusations at every manner of fan here, who can’t be bothered slagging off Ashley. Why??

    5
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d play Joel in place of St Max, because we need to find his best position and you’d have to say up top, in a 3421 isn’t it.

    Play him wider, Carroll up top and try to Giroud or similar on loan in January.

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Move on Gayle and Atsu at the same time.

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #9

    With a full week to recover, wouldn’t the rotation be more likely to start next match?

    With the changes more likely forced upon us through injury to Clark and St Max. I’d like to see us starting this 11, although to be honest bringing Andy into the starting 11 at the beginning of such heavy fixture congestion is not great timing and may give Bruce pause to think.

    …………………..Dubravka.
    ……….Scharr…….Fede….Dummett.
    Mank……….Hayden…Shelvey……….Willems
    …………Almiron……………..Joelinton.
    ……………….Big Andy Carroll.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Lesh – just switched the telly on and heard that the exit poll is not looking good. As someone who has seen the “big picture” does this mean I will not get my free car and £6,700 notes from Jezza and Diane.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Newcastle declared before Sunderland. Did anyone see the ugly fat mackem lib dem?? ??

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh I know a mackum tackum….( Toon 22, you won’t know this song) ?

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Tories won Blyth valley

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Yikes! Move on Gayle and Muto I mean. We do need to keep Christian Atsu.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Chí wins

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Chi Onwurah wins so at least the most important political questions of the era will continue to make Mike Ashley squirm
    Typical.
    By the time that’s all sorted we’ll be out of Europe and will have to make do with winning the Premier league and FA Cup.
    Musn’t grumble

    2
  • Online Guy

    Dec 13, 2019 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #17

    The Lib Dems where going to bring in a new choice for the human race .

    You could sign a bit of paper and choose your Gender .

    No comment.

    3
  • martoon

    Dec 13, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Looks like AncientC might have to change his avatar when Jeremy gets the boot!

    0
  • Online Guy

    Dec 13, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Conservatives promise to control immigration with a points system like the Australian system

    You will need to be offered a job to come here
    You will be a skilled worker
    Eu nationals will be afforded the same rules as non Eu when it comes to working here .
    When lower skilled migrant workers are needed they will be considered .

    Let’s see if they keep their promises.

    2
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 13, 2019 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #20

    they never have before OLG, but hey this times going to be different, right.

    1


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