While there’s no way of knowing who Bruce would have selected with tomorrow’s match against Sheffield United being postponed, this is the team we were going to predict. It has three changes from the win at Southampton.
With Martin Dubravka out injured, Karl Darlow would have made his first Premier League start in over two years.
Bruce likely would have kept the same back four that has produced two straight clean sheets in the Premier League. We also don’t think he would have altered the midfield pairing of Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden.
The changes at the top of the pitch are due to the poor performances from Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie at St Mary’s. We think Bruce would have gone back to Joelinton at striker after his promising display partnering with Miguel Almiron against West Brom in the FA Cup.
Similarly, Valentino Lazaro is a better fit on the right-wing than Matt Ritchie in this system. So we think Bruce would have picked the Austrian over Matt for tomorrow’s match.
Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron would have easily kept their places, in our opinion.
However, this game will not be played tomorrow so we’ll never know.
Instead, the training facilities have been shut down. Players have been sent home with individual training plans to keep them fit for what we hope will be our next match in three weeks.
Here is an update from the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) March 13, 2020