This is the team we are predicting Steve Bruce will name for this afternoon’s match against Tottenham. It has two changes from the defeat to Brighton two weeks ago.
Bruce may not want to make any changes to the formation with Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson so close to returning. While Saint-Maximin may play a part today, Wilson will hopefully be back next Sunday at Burnley.
I suspect it’ll be Jeff Hendrick to come in for the injured Isaac Hayden. Bruce could also bring Federico Fernandez back into the team after not featuring in the last 12 matches.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has almost a full squad at his disposal with just the two fullbacks injured on international duty ruled out for this match.
Callum Wilson (hamstring), Fabian Schar (knee), Isaac Hayden (knee), Allan Saint-Maximin (groin – late fitness test), Martin Dubravka (illness – late fitness test)
Ben Davies (muscle), Matt Doherty (muscle)
Our poll for this match has fans not expecting much once again. Almost 80% think Newcastle will lose this afternoon. Based on recent results, that is a fair assumption.
Fulham travel to face Aston Villa just after today’s match. So if Newcastle lose and Fulham win, we’ll be in the bottom three tonight.
Hopefully, that won’t be the case but in order to make it a certainty, Newcastle need to pick up an unlikely three points at St. James’ Park today.