This is the team we predict Steve Bruce will name for tomorrow’s Carabao Cup match at Newport County. It has 8 changes from the Spurs draw and 4 from the previous cup tie.
There are limited options in defense with Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, and Fabian Schar all unavailable for this match. So Bruce could hand another start to DeAndre Yedlin and push Emil Krafth inside to center-back once again.
We have Federico Fernandez partnering with the Swede since he didn’t play at Morecombe and is likely fresher than Jamaal Lascelles. Jamal Lewis returns at left-back after coming on as a substitute on Sunday.
The midfield pairing is the same that underperformed against Blackburn in the second round. Dan Barlaser could be close to an exit but Bruce is likely to rely on the midfielder in some capacity tomorrow.
During his press conference this morning, Bruce indicated that Ryan Fraser was in contention for this match despite missing out at Spurs. He could get his second start as a Magpie as he continues to work his way to full fitness.
There are not many options on the wings with Matt Ritchie now out for two months. We’re not sure if Christian Atsu will be recalled as he has only been named to a squad once this season, which was against Blackburn.
So it could be Fraser and Murphy as the wingers with Allan Saint-Maximin saved for Burnley on Saturday. There’s little chance Jacob won’t get another start after his performance at Morecambe.
Joelinton and Miguel Almiron are the front two as they were at Morecambe. Another option could be Joelinton on the left in place of Fraser with Andy Carroll at striker. That wouldn’t surprise us if Bruce is hesitant to start Fraser tomorrow.