This is the team we predict Steve Bruce will name for this evening’s important match at Sheffield United. It has 8 changes from the FA Cup loss at Arsenal but just 2 from our last league match, the loss to Leicester City.
During his press conference yesterday, Bruce spoke about the players he rested over the weekend in the hopes that he could field a refreshed team for today’s match. So we’ll likely see a starting eleven similar to the one that played against Leicester nine days ago.
Bruce didn’t provide too much information on the injured players. Though Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lewis have confirmed injuries while Jamaal Lascelles only lasted one half over the weekend due to fatigue.
Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson, and Jonjo Shelvey were involved in group training yesterday so could be involved today.
Allan Saint-Maximin (Covid), Jamal Lewis (knee), Ryan Fraser (groin – late fitness test), Jamaal Lascelles (fatigue – late fitness test), Callum Wilson (undisclosed – late fitness test), Jonjo Shelvey (undisclosed – late fitness test)
Jack O’Connell (knee), Sander Berge (hamstring), Jack Robinson (undisclosed), Enda Stevens (knock – late fitness test), George Baldock (knock – late fitness test), Lys Mousset (ankle – late fitness test), Oliver McBurnie (knock – late fitness test)
Our poll is somewhat surprising in that only around 40% of those who voted think Newcastle can pick up a win against the Premier League basement dwellers.
The same amount thinks Sheffield will pick up their first league win today. The Blades did pick up their first win this season by downing Bristol Rovers 3-2 in the FA Cup over the weekend.
A loss today would be dreadful. I can feel myself sink just thinking about it. So let’s hope a refreshed team can pick up a comfortable win today. That’s what is needed as wins have been in short supply lately.