Here is the team we predict Steve Bruce will select for this evening’s match at Bournemouth. It has six changes from the loss to Manchester City.
Bruce vowed to make changes during yesterday’s press conference. While the injury situation is improving, he’ll have a few knackered Magpies to take into consideration, with some starting three matches in a week.
Bruce singled out Allan Saint-Maximin as one who is a bit exhausted after last week’s matches. Newcastle are a different side without the Frenchman on the pitch. So if he doesn’t start, we’ll have to hope the lads can cope without him.
Florian Lejeune – thigh, Ciaran Clark – ankle, Matt Ritchie – thigh (late fitness test)
Charlie Daniels – knee, Simon Francis – knee, Josh King – ankle (late fitness test), Philip Billing (late fitness test), Callum Wilson – suspended (accumulation of yellow cards), Ryan Fraser – contract expired
Our poll reveals that many fans are back on the optimistic side, with over 80% of voters expecting a result. Over half of them think we’ll take all three points at the Vitality Stadium.
While our league position, at 14th, isn’t anything to write home about, Newcastle could jump a few teams with a win today, depending on how Everton fares.
We’ve still got a four-game unbeaten streak in the league. So hopefully, the boys can keep that intact at Bournemouth this evening.