Newcastle are set to start a stretch of seven Premier League matches against sides not in the traditional top six. It all begins on Saturday at Crystal Palace, a team that sits just one place and one point behind Newcastle in the table.
After the 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal last weekend, the magnitude of Saturday’s game has undoubtedly increased.
There are a few players in a race for full fitness. Both Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto are back training and have a decent chance of being involved this weekend.
Steve Bruce has been with just one striker in Joelinton for most of 2020. He’s gotten only 129 minutes out of his other three strikers since New Years Day in the league. Ninety of those minutes were from Yoshinori Muto, who played the entire game against Leicester City.
While Javier Manquillo returned to training on Wednesday, this match will be too soon for him. Andy Carroll, Emil Krafth, and Jonjo Shelvey all are still sidelined with their respective injuries.
Florian Lejeune will likely come back into the side with Ciaran Clark suffering an ankle injury on Sunday. It’ll be interesting to see if Steve Bruce recalls both Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden for this match. Both were dropped at Arsenal but came on as second-half substitutes.
We need to see a much-improved performance over the second-half collapse on Sunday. If the lads can perform like they did in the first half while converting some of their chances, we should be ok. That is a big if, at the moment, however.
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