Latest Newcastle United news: Saint-Maximin To Return?|Predicted 4-3-3 Newcastle United Lineup To Face Brentford
Newcastle United’s remarkable resurgence has been aided by their winter purchasing binge. But the task is far from done, as they are only two points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brentford.
The Magpies haven’t lost a league game since mid-December, and considering the Bees’ poor record, that trend must continue this weekend.
At St James’ Park, the first leg tie finished in a dramatic 3-3 draw. The West Londoners, on the other hand, have lost their impetus recently, and the threat of relegation looms huge if they fail to win in their own home.
Martin Dúbravka had some fitness woes in the recent past but is back between the sticks reclaiming the ‘number 1’ status from Karl Darlow.
With Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Dan Burn, Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez, and Paul Dummett all vying for central defense berths, Newcastle’s gaffer would be faced with a selection conundrum.
Schar and Burn have been outstanding in the previous few games, and the duo should keep their spots in the backline for the forthcoming match. The loss of Kieran Tierney is a big blow for the Magpies, and Emil Krafth will be under a lot of pressure, especially with Javier Manquillo out with an ankle problem.
Following his loan transfer from Aston Villa, Matt Targett should continue to impress as the left fullback.
Joelinton has become a revelation in the center of the field and will be used on the left side of a three-man midfield. Jonjo Shelvey’s inventiveness and set-piece abilities have proven important, while Joe Willock’s box-to-box moves might see the Toon Army control the midfield game. Bruno Guimaraes and Sean Longstaff, both highly rated, might come off the bench as second-half substitutes.
Since his high-profile winter move from Burnley, Chris Wood has yet to score. However, given his size and poaching tendencies inside the box, the ‘number 9’ should still lead the line.
Unless Ryan Fraser passes the late fitness test, Allan Saint-Maximin is expected to recover in time and play from the left, while Jacob Murphy might be swapped to the right.
Dwight Gayle and Miguel Almiron must be patient and wait for their chances high up the pitch.
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