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Revised Predicted Lineup After Bruce’s Press Conference Reveals Up To Seven Out

Local injury analyst Ben Dinnery has issued the following response after Steve Bruce’s press conference this morning, which confirmed five players out and Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron being doubts.

Yesterday, we predicted a heavily rotated lineup with four changes, but it included both Shelvey and Almiron in the starting eleven.

Going under Ben Dinnery’s assumption that Steve Bruce won’t risk either of these two players, this is a revised predicted lineup for tomorrow. It’s a return to the formation that Bruce tried earlier this season.

This is the 3-5-2 formation that Bruce implemented in the preseason and to an extent, our first two matches this season. It was ditched after the woeful performance at Norwich.

However, he has minimal options out wide without both Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron. So we think there is a chance that Bruce could go back to having two strikers and a three-man midfield.

The positive is that both Longstaff brothers will be back in the team and itching to impress after not starting since the Wolves draw at St James Park on October 27th.

It will also take a little pressure off of Joelinton as he can drop deeper behind Andy Carroll, who will spearhead the attack. Bruce can also bring Dwight Gayle in off the bench to play off either Joelinton or Andy Carroll in the second half if we are pushing for a goal.

Both Jetro Willems and DeAndre Yedlin can provide the width and should push higher up the pitch than Matt Ritchie and Emil Krafth did when this formation was initially implemented.

The bench would look something like this with limited options:

Darlow, Manquillo, Krafth, Lejeune, Atsu, Gayle, and Muto

It’ll be fascinating to see what Bruce does for tomorrow. Another option is to keep the 5-4-1 formation and move DeAndre Yedlin to the right-wing in place of Miguel Almiron. However, we think Bruce wants to experiment a bit, and that opportunity has now presented itself.

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7 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Dec 13, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s exactly what I went with

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 13, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    If ever there was a team to play this formation with the players not available it’s Burnley

  • barkel

    Dec 13, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #3

    OT – The reasons I went for my selection over what yourself and Neil have gone with is simply for a bit of pace against the big Burnley defence, it would keep our formation more in line to how we’ve set up in the majority of our games and Bruce has been hinting all week the Joe would be played out wide.

    I’m assuming big Andy doesn’t have 90mins in him and don’t think that we’d start with both him and Joe as it limits the bench with no big centre forward if needed to close the game out

  • lesh

    Dec 13, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Bill’s Son

    You really excelled with your post of a two or three threads back. Some would say they were perceptive but many more would say they’ve been lifted from the Sun or more than likely, Facebook or Twatter.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Dec 13, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Please not Krafth!

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 13, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6


    Never used Facebook or Twitter.

    For you and AncientC…

    I came from two generations of labour supporting miners, was brought up in the back streets of Wallsend ,but I lived through the disastrous left wing policies of the 70’s and 80’s which saw strikes to stop modernisation of manufacturing, strikes to get way above inflation wages increases for lazy bones in massively inefficient nationalised industries, strikes by the likes of Scargill which had nothing to do with the miners and everything to do with taking control of the country and which did more to destroy mining communities and divide families than any Government.

    Everything I posted about JC is not only true but he is also far a less a patriot of this country than any of his left wing predecessors.

    Anyone, including you, who is sticking their heads in the sand and ignoring what the people on the street, and a legion of working class people on the street at that, have just said about JC and is policies are deluded fantasists.

    Thank God this man is now history.

  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 13, 2019 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Keep lapping up what the media tell you Bill


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