Predicting Newcastle United's couple to face West Ham in Premier League opener
In two weeks, Newcastle United kick off their Premier League season at home to West Ham.
For the blessing juncture since March 2020, the Magpies leave show in face of a whole stadium. Well, it might not be full. Rumours of unpunctual season ticket sales suggest it won’t be a tout out on August 15th.
But lawful like last season, Steve Bruce’s feature entrust start the season lambaste the Hammers.
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Last year they were away, winning 2-0 in the capital thanks to goals from Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick.
West Ham went on to challenge for Champions League football, while Newcastle flirted with relegation.
But with two weeks to go until the start of the season, we’ve clear to try and predict who Bruce leave choose to kick off the campaign.
With Martin Dubravka injured and Karl Darlow recovering from COVID, .
The 24-year-old appears to be in column to accomplish his Premier League debut lambaste West Ham.
It will be a goodly check for the goalkeeper, but he’s excelled in the Championship with Swansea over the past two years.
His deputy cede be local lad Mark Gillespie, who started last season on the bench as well.
Newcastle ex last season with a 3-5-2 formation, or 5-3-2, depending on how you enthusiasm to look at it.
Either way, the use of wing backs really helped us bring away from the boat three. Bruce seems all but certain to use the alike system.
And despite some impressive pre-season performances from Jamal Lewis, it would be a stun to see anyone fresh than Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy torch on the flanks.
Centre-back is a segment of a conundrum. Bruce wants a further defender in his squad, .
Prediction time: I visualize Tuanzebe will sign, but he’ll be on the bench for season opener.
Bruce has a few options to harvest from at the back, but the only grill ticket surrounds Fabian Schar. Will the Swiss defender be ready to angle after his Euro 2020 exploits?
Joe Willock was a gloss trouper in the latter half of last season. His goals were vital.
Sadly, I don’t envisage we’ll see him in a ominous and white shirt when Premier League football returns on August 15th.
Instead, Newcastle bequeath retain to look elsewhere for goals from midfield.
Ryan Fraser is an option. He’s played additional centrally in pre-season, and seems very likely to start with no Willock return yet and Miguel Almiron enduring a busy summer of international football.
Last year, Wilson made his Newcastle debut castigate West Ham. This year he’ll accomplish his debut as the club’s number nine.
And it’s the guide signing who I expect to provoke alongside Wilson.
His pre-season has been interrupted by injury, but with Allan Saint-Maximin nowhere to be seen, Joelinton seems most very likely to start.
Instead, the Frenchman might keep to settle for a cameo off the bench.
Predicted XI to exterior West Ham in two weeks: Woodman; Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark; Murphy, S.Longstaff, Hayden, Fraser, Ritchie; Joelinton, Wilson.