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Bruce Springs No Surprises In Our Predicted Lineup For Sheffield United


This is the team we think Steve Bruce will select for Sunday’s match against Sheffield United. It features two changes from our last match over three months ago, which was a 1-0 win at Southampton.

The changes are due to injury with Bruce stating during his press conference on Friday morning that Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie have been hobbled with knocks.

So in comes Joelinton for Gayle at striker and Valentino Lazaro gets the start in his preferred right-wing role. The rest of the squad retains their place from the big win at St Mary’s.

Bruce will keep his more attacking formation. Miguel Almiron continues in the advanced midfield role in which he had started to shine before the season was suspended.

Joelinton also gets another chance up front. We don’t envision Andy Carroll getting in from the start though he’ll likely make a cameo at some point on Sunday.


We hope to see a lot from our two wingers, Allan Saint-Maximin and Valentino Lazaro. Saint-Maximin was on fire before the season was halted so hopefully, he can quickly rediscover his form.

There are slim pickings in the midfield with both Longstaff brothers recovering from knocks. While they may pass a late fitness test, we think Bruce will continue with Shelvey and Hayden and have Nabil Bentaleb in reserve if needed.

The back four also remains the same with Danny Rose and Javier Manquillo as the fullbacks. Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez have become Bruce’s preferred pairing, so Florian Lejeune, Fabian Schar, and Ciaran Clark (when he returns) will have to wait for their turn.

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147 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Florian Lejeune has looked shit-hot in the 2 friendlies
    He may start

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Fede has been sh.1t hot all season – no way should he be dropped.

    2
  • barkel

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Would agree there Jib, always looks likely to nick a goal too

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  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Dubravka
    Manquillo Lascelles Fernandez Rose
    Ritchie ShelveyHayden Saint-Maximin
    Gayle Almiron

    These were the starters in our last PL game vs Soton

    Ritchie and Gayle are out

    so………………….

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Basically what Neil put in the article

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  • Obafan

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #6

    A big game cause a win is 99.9% safe. As long as there is no overrated Longstaff in the team we have got a fair chance. Saw villa vs Sheffield and that was not of high standard, but to be fair we have had many displays from the same level.
    Schar should start ahead of Lascelles, but every CB should start in front of him.

    1
  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Lesh……… Yes old boy we’re in the colonial bar right now . Finished on the G and T’s me old mucker and just having a few cold beers before we hit the serious stuff.

    Damned hot though old boy so if you and any of your fellow lefty holoprosencephaly sufferers fancy a few days in the sun ( all expenses paid) in return for a bit of punkering during this heatwave you are more than welcome.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #8

    I fear that if Ashley is still here next season there won’t be room in the squad for a Lejuene and a Fed, both are way too purple.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #9

    That Pukki fella will need to get his finger out, never scored for 3 months

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Punkering, funny old word.

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #11

    not sure on rose or lazaro

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    @WL nor have I 😉

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  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Punka Wallah
    The guy who works the fan

    4
  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 19, 2020 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail……….. Punkering is pulling a string to waft a fan. The Indians use their big toe to do it but I don’t know what Lesh and his crew might use.

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  • Thump

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed howay man, I think we’ll get all three results.

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  • jane

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #16

    in the 1½ matches i’ve seen so far which has been between teams in the bottom half of the league there seems to have been more passing and possession and slow build up than usual and less directness similar to a training match which maybe the effect of having no crowd.

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  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #17
  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Beat me to it Jib. Reminds me of of It ain’t half hot mum with Windsor Davies . Classic colonial comedy.

    1
  • jane

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #19

    betty are you a modern day colonialist?

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  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Dhobiwala , clothes washer
    Dabbawala, lunch box deliverer.
    Chaiwala, a boy or young man who serves tea.
    Rickshawala, a rickshaw driver.
    Punkawallah, the servant who keeps the punkah or fan going on hot nights.
    Lep wallah, a cotton carder.

    1
  • jane

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #21

    well taken goal.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #22

    archaeomag…

    saw your comment about the hole my roof , so do still think its funny ?…

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  • jane

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #23

    how many servants have you got betty?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Jane……… Hahahaha. Apparently, according to Lesh.

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  • lesh

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Bettysbollocks

    Did you really think a punkah’s really up to the job. I’d imagine that all the hot air that’s being spouted would justify an army of wallahs to cool the place down.

    🙂
    Ps

    Your spellings (punkah and wallah for example) it’s letting you down.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Jane ………. None at the minute but could do with a house girl if you fancy it.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Nice goal by Ings, I was just about to say I can see Norwich crumbling now….and then Soton get another

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  • jane

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Norwich are down.

    1
  • archaeomag

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #29

    @tom
    No – I never did.
    I was trying {unsuccessfully} to raise your spirits

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Maybe a bit hasty getting shot of Ings with the return of Redmond 😮

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #31

    @tom
    I will confess to not having an Off switch; what you don’t realise I am trolling 4 blogs simultaneously, while with running a tarot card site and sex chat line.

    3
  • geordietom

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #32

    my spirits were lifted by the lighthouse family …

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Should have been 3 up – I think Norwich are going to get a mauling here, they look knackered.
    Surely they’re relegated this year.

    Anyone we can poach off them???

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #34

    . .shining through the hole in your roof?

    1
  • WLtoon

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Farke , the Norwich manager, has`nt got off his bench once to encourage his team, Saints are all over them. Norwich are down, Saints are safe, that`s 2 teams in the bottom half sorted already.

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  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Your spellings (punkah and wallah for example) it’s letting you down.

    only a dick criticises spelling when it’s translated from Hindi

    3
  • toon22

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #37

    So at what point do we accept he’s not selling ?
    As per usual there won’t be any announcement
    No comment

    Sunday ?
    Once we are mathematically safe ?
    End of season
    Next year ?

    1
  • archaeomag

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #38

    or Sanskrit even 😉

    0
  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #39

    This scoreline is perfect for us

    0
  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #40

    The Indian constitution, in 1950, declared Hindi in Devanagari script to be the official language of the union

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