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Newcastle Against Arsenal – Team Prediction, Injuries, And Poll Result



This is the team I predict Steve Bruce will name for this afternoon’s match against Arsenal at St. James’ Park. It has just one change from the draw at Liverpool with Callum Wilson reclaiming his spot in the starting eleven over Joelinton.

This is another match where Bruce will likely make few changes. It would be a surprise if Bruce changed the shape so I expect much the same team as last weekend.

Bruce admitted during his press conference on Friday that it was the right time for Wilson to start. If he does, it’ll be his first in almost three months and would likely end a 9-match starting streak for Joelinton.

Matt Ritchie has a slight problem with his calf but did train on Friday so he’ll hopefully be able to go this afternoon. We could also see Fabian Schar back in the matchday squad. He was injured in the win against Southampton in February, which was also when Wilson suffered his hamstring injury.

Newcastle Injuries

Jamaal Lascelles (foot), Isaac Hayden (knee), Ryan Fraser (groin), Karl Darlow (knee), Joe Willock (ineligible against parent club), Fabian Schar (knee – late fitness test), Matt Ritchie (calf- late fitness test)

Arsenal Injuries

Kieran Tierney (knee – late fitness test), Alexandre Lacazette (hamstring – late fitness test)

Our poll reveals a fanbase that remains confident from our four-match unbeaten run. Over 50% expect Newcastle to pick up a win which would practically guarantee safety with Fulham losing 2-0 at Chelsea yesterday.

Only 16% think the lads will get beaten today. It’s a prime time to pick up a result against the Gunners whose thoughts may be on Thursday’s Europa League semi-final. Villareal won the first leg in Spain 2-1.

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The lads need to remain focused despite survival seemingly all wrapped up now. Fulham are 9 back with just for games remaining. The results yesterday dropped us to 17th for the time being but a win would propel us to 13th.

A run of consistency to close this campaign could see us with a decent finish. That has to be the aim after this rollercoaster of a season. A win today would put us in a position to mount a charge on last season’s total of 44 points. However, we are going to have to do it without the late-game heroics of Joe Willock.


153 comments so far

  • cleveleysbob

    May 2, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #121

    Some great goals on display there, thanks lads, appreciate the memories 😉

    Could do with 2 or 3 like that today!!

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  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #122

    2pm KO

    Too early to start drinking?

    Suppose it depends on what you’re drinking.

    Wonder if 22 has any of that stuff left, I could just do with giving someone a right battering at tea time. 🙂

    #othermindalteringsubstancesareavailable

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 2, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #123

    He normally picks Joel, so if Ritchie is injured he might go four at the back, and Murphy might end up being the unlucky one to miss out.

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  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #124

    Wor B.,

    You are spot on, Bruce holds the record for the Greggs 100M sprint.

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    May 2, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #125

    Wor B , you’re right I wouldn’t mind a couple of snifters of whatever Toon 22 was on last night.

    Absinthe springs to mind 😆

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  • cleveleysbob

    May 2, 2021 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #126

    Nicky, he could play Joel in Ritchies role? Or switch with Almiron, but I’d hope he wouldn’t do that as Almiron’s much better centrally.

    1
  • Romford mag

    May 2, 2021 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #127

    Every goal scored against the mackems is my favourite !

    2
  • Chewingtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #128

    Too early to drink? I thought it was a requirement while watching Newcastle…it’s the equivalent of “beer goggles” at the pub 🙂

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    May 2, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #129

    5 mins to knowing the teams, is it happy days or meltdown moments?? 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    May 2, 2021 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #130

    Hey Mund, where’s your usual “heads up” on the line up, not spoken to your mate today? 😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #131

    Was out all of yesterday so haven’t bothered catching up with last night, I take it our own Pompeian soothsayer was on top form, again and again and again and again! 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #132

    59 Minutes to KO.

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    May 2, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #134

    Someone mentioned the 5th place under Pardew… we played some good football as we had a nucleus of players who punt in 8/10 performances most weeks – Krull, Collo, Tiote, Cabaye, Enrque, Jonas, Ba and Cisse when he arrived in Jan. Add to that some poorer players who exceeded expectations like Simpson, Shola, Williamson etc. I think HBA was injured most of that season as well.

    The biggest crime of the Ashley era was the piss poor investment after finishing 5th. We should have looked to improve RB, CB and RM but instead the fat slug just couldn’t wait to try and offload players who were at a premium.

    Our only signing was Vernun Anita. The likes of Cabaye must have wanted out ASAP with that lack of ambition shown.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #135

    Team

    Newcastle United: Martin Dúbravka; Jacob Murphy, Federico Fernández, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie; Jonjo Shelvey, Sean Longstaff; Miguel Almirón, Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin.

    Substitutes: Mark Gillespie, Emil Krafth, Fabian Schär, Jamal Lewis, Matty Longstaff, Jeff Hendrick, Elliot Anderson, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #136

    Anderson on bench 🙂 as is Hendrick 🙁

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  • IrishRob

    May 2, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #137

    God I’m good!

    3
  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #138

    Irish “quickdraw” rob takes it again!

    3
  • Vask

    May 2, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #139

    Matty on the bench, would be nice to see him get 20mins.

    1
  • IrishRob

    May 2, 2021 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #140

    Lol Wor b I was panicking wondering where I was going to get it from.

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  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #141

    Is Darlow injured?

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  • Regan

    May 2, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #142

    Irish Rob first with the team news..

    Just need Dennis twice now and we good to go..

    1
  • Moonraker15

    May 2, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #143

    Joelinton’s dropped to the bench! TFFT!
    It’s like starting with 12 men when he’s not on the field getting in the way!
    I forecast 2-1 win for us!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #144

    OK off to sulk for a few minutes! 🙂

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  • Vask

    May 2, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #145

    WL Darlow has picked up am injury, I’m not sure of the type.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #146

    Hope Neil’s not having a sulk as well, match thread should be up soon!

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  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #147

    Bill the time keeper extraordinaire.

    Contentment is the route to a happy existence.

    🙂

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    May 2, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #148

    Bit more optimistic seeing the team sheet. Arsenal havent named their best 11.

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  • Vask

    May 2, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #149

    Knee injury WL

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #150

    OK I’m off to have a very contented sulk!

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  • Moonraker15

    May 2, 2021 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #151

    Looks like Bruce’s team talk has had the desired effect! For Arsenal!
    We are sh!t !

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  • Phil K

    May 2, 2021 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #152

    Newcastle defending like the under 18s – BADLY – saved twice by forwards.
    The % of possession is even lower than normal – I didn’t think that was possible

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  • Phil K

    May 2, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #153

    “Insipid” – a good description of that first half from Newcastle by Sky.
    They were lucky to get away trailing to a single goal
    Forwards too busy trying to defend

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