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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