Predicted Newcastle United line-up to face Brighton in the PL
Newcastle United welcome Brighton to St. James’ Park in a game where the Magpies are in dire need of three points. Rafa Benitez’s men let slip a two-goal lead against Manchester United to lose their sixth game of the season.
The only consolation they have is that five of the top-six teams have faced them in the opening weeks. Hence, hopes should rise with a slightly favourable yet important set of games coming up. Brighton won their previous game against West Ham to lift themselves to 13th in the table.
Paul Dummett is back in training but Saturday may come too soon for him. Salomon Rondon and Ciaran Clark are out for this game. Florian Lejeune is out long-term.
Probable Newcastle XI
Manager: Rafa Benitez
Martin Dubravka (GK)
Dubravka’s contribution to the team by making crucial saves have been key ever since he arrived at the club in January.
De Andre Yedlin (RB)
The American has been in and out of form this season. Expect him to go further forward in the home game against Brighton.
Jamaal Lascelles (CB)
The captain needs to step up and lead the team on the pitch. His performances have been twitchy so far.
Federico Fernandez (CB)
With Lejeune and Clark out, new signing Fernandez would be looking to perform better and cement his position.
Javi Manquillo (LB)
With Dummett probably on the bench after returning from injury, expect former Liverpool man Manquillo to start.
Mohamed Diame (CM)
Diame has been inconsistent in the midfield for the Magpies. Benitez would be hoping for more from him in the coming games.
Jonjo Shelvey (CM)
Newcastle’s key player in the midfield should improve his performance and create more chances for the team.
Matt Ritchie (RW)
Ritchie’s crosses from wide areas are vital for the team. He might get more opportunities against an equal opposition.
Ayoze Perez (CAM)
Perez should improve his link-up play with his teammates. Furthermore, he should add goals to his game in the coming games.
Scored a goal against United and looked good. Expect him to be a regular feature in the team at left-wing.
Yoshinori Muto (ST)
The Japanese international led the line very well at Old Trafford and scored a fine goal. In the absence of Rondon, he should start ahead of Joselu.