This is the team I think Steve Bruce will name for Sunday’s match against Arsenal. It has just one change from the draw at Liverpool with Callum Wilson coming in for Joelinton.
Steve Bruce is unlikely to make many significant changes in the midst of this current run. So he’ll likely deploy the 5-3-2 system once again with much the same team that snatched a point at Anfield.
Last weekend, Bruce made no changes to the team. It paid off with the unexpected draw against Liverpool. This time around, the only change I can envision is Callum Wilson coming in for Joelinton.
During his press conference on Friday, Bruce said Wilson was ready to start and referenced his explosive runs against Liverpool. While it may be harsh to drop Joelinton, Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are a lethal front two who should be starting together when fully fit.
Bruce may be forced into another change with Matt Ritchie having suffered a slight calf injury. However, Bruce indicated that the wing-back should be ok and did participate in yesterday’s training session.
With Joe Willock unavailable against his parent club, the tough decision to keep the midfielder on the bench has been taken out of Bruce’s hands for this week. So it’s just the one change with Wilson returning to the starting eleven for what would be the first time in close to three months.