This is the starting eleven we predict Steve Bruce will name for Blackburn tomorrow. It has six changes from the win at West Ham.
In this team, Bruce has all five new signings on the pitch at the same time. It would be debuts for Ryan Fraser and Mark Gillespie. With Karl Darlow taking the helm for league matches, Gillespie is likely to get the nod tomorrow. Bruce has already confirmed Fraser will play.
Ciaran Clark was the other Magpie Bruce stated would start during his press conference. So he teams up with Newcastle iron man Federico Fernandez at the back. Jamal Lewis gets a second straight start at left-back with Emil Krafth making his first appearance of the new season on the right.
Isaac Hayden teams up with Jeff Hendrick in the middle. Hendrick was out wide on Saturday but could get a chance to show what he’s got in his natural position. With Matty Longstaff still struggling with a thigh problem, Hayden gets the call once again.
It’ll be very interesting to see which attackers Bruce names tomorrow. He’s already said Fraser will make his debut so we have him on the right. It’s a tough call for the other three positions.
Both Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almiron didn’t start at the weekend so we have to believe Bruce will want them involved. Longstaff played his best football last season as a number 10.
Getting off to a good start will be crucial for Sean’s confidence. So we have Longstaff in the middle and Almiron out on the left. Bruce generally doesn’t play Almiron there but he did very well on the left under Rafa Benitez.
Bruce will likely rest Andy Carroll and that could also be the case for Allan Saint-Maximin. We don’t have Matt Ritchie in the team but it wouldn’t surprise us if he was involved. However, he’s had a calf problem so could be rested as well.
Up top, it’s Callum Wilson once again leaving Joelinton on the bench for a second straight match. Right now there’s just no room for the Brazilian. He’ll get his opportunity at some point but Bruce needs to field as strong a side as possible to get past Blackburn.