Newcastle travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley as they look to build on a good run of form; the Magpies are unbeaten in their last three Premier League outings.
A draw with Manchester City was followed by wins over Sheffield United and Southampton to help ease any early-season relegation fears.
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They’re not without their problems, though, with several key players missing through injury.
DeAndre Yedlin and captain Jamaal Lascelles remain sidelined, while Allan Saint-Maximin is expected to miss a month of action due to a hamstring injury.
So how will they lineup to take on the Clarets?
Newcastle look set to stick with their back-five system that’s worked so well in recent weeks, as shown on Transfermarkt. Swiss international defender Fabian Schar has been building his fitness back up and could come into the defence, replacing Ciaran Clark. His presence at the back, along with Federico Fernandez, could help to deal with Burnley’s physical strikeforce of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.
An extra midfielder could come in to help combat Burnley’s threat. Sean Longstaff hasn’t started since October, but he could come in to shore up the centre of the team. He’d come in for the injured Saint-Maximin, meaning a slight tweak to the system for Bruce’s men.
That could push Miguel Almiron further up the field, should he be fit, with the Paraguayan and team-mate Jonjo Shelvey currently doubts as things stand, as reported by Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie. Almiron has struggled since arriving in England, but putting him in behind the striker could unleash his talents. That’s where he played for Atlanta United, where he was voted as the second-best player in MLS in 2018, only behind teammate Josef Martinez. It could help boost his output, as he’s yet to score in 16 appearances this season. He could also help provide service to Joelinton. The Brazilian is also short of goals, scoring just once this season – and that was back in August.
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