This is the team I initially predicted Steve Bruce would name for tonight’s Carabao Cup match against Blackburn. It has six changes from the West Ham win. However, it appears that Bruce has stated both Joelinton and Matt Ritchie will play so I am way off.
It looks like Bruce will go with Joelinton at striker and Miguel Almiron as the number 10 if both Ryan Fraser and Matt Ritchie are starting as well. That’ll push Sean Longstaff deeper into the midfield.
So here is a revised prediction based on the seven players Bruce said will play a part tonight. Hopefully, training with Callum Wilson for a week will have rubbed off a bit on Joelinton.
Newcastle’s injury situation has cleared up a bit. We are down to five players out with Matty Longstaff and Paul Dummett likely close to a return.
Dwight Gayle – knee, Martin Dubravka – heel, Fabian Schar – shoulder, Matty Longstaff – thigh, Paul Dummett – hamstring
Bradley Johnson – ankle, Bradley Dack – knee
After the excellent win at West Ham on Saturday, the fans are buzzing about this team. Our poll reflects that optimism and shows a fanbase that is highly confident we’ll get past Blackburn to face either Morecambe or Oldham away in the third round.