Steve Bruce will take charge of his first game as the new Newcastle United boss on Saturday against West Ham United in the third-place play-off of the Premier League Asia Trophy.
The experienced boss was unveiled by the Magpies earlier in the week and immediately flew out to China to link up with the first-team squad.
Bruce will hope to have picked the Newcastle players up after their struggles in the first match of the pre-season tournament.
The Magpies were comprehensively put to the sword by Wolverhampton Wanderers, who stormed to a 4-0 victory to book a place in the final against Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s men defeated West Ham United 4-1, setting up a third-place play-off fixture between Newcastle and the East London club.
Whether or not Bruce will ring the changes remains to be seen, but the new manager will undoubtedly be desperate to give the supporters some cause for optimism.
Here is our predicted Newcastle line-up for the clash against West Ham.
Darlow is set to keep his place in between the sticks. He will be hoping to impress the new boss.
Javier Manquillo could play on the right. However, it is likely that young Sterry will retain his place.
Returning to the starting line-up, Schar could come in. He was excellent last season.
In the heart of the defence, Lascelles is poised to start. He is likely to wear the captain’s armband.
Bruce could hope to stymie Newcastle’s defensive issues by reverting to a back five. Therefore, Fernandez could start.
On the left-hand side, Dummett could come in. He will be hoping to nail down the starting spot for the season ahead.
On the right-hand side, Murphy may be handed another chance to shine. He is likely to be fighting for his Newcastle future.
In central midfield, Hayden could start. Bruce may favour the more defensively-minded approach ahead of starting Ki Sung-yueng.
Shelvey will be determined to make this pre-season count. He is set to start once again.
On the left-hand side, Ritchie could play. He will likely be a crucial player for the season ahead.
Muto is pretty much the only option Newcastle have up top. The Japanese striker will start.