Newcastle United are back in action on Saturday night as they welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park, 14 days after Steve Bruce’s side beat Burnley in the last Premier League outing.
The clash, which has thrown up some classic encounters down the years, has been marred by controversy before a ball has even been kicked by being one of the pay-per-view fixtures chosen by the league for the £14.95 price tag.
On the field, Newcastle come into the clash buoyed by recent form and with international stars coming back in relatively good spirits, in particular Ryan Fraser who scored the winner for Scotland on Wednesday night.
Comparatively the visitors come off the back of conceding six at home to Tottenham and having had club captain Harry Maguire sent off whilst on England duty.
Regardless of the disparity in preparation, this fixture will provide a stern early test of Bruce’s charges and could well be decided by the odd goal.
Here’s how we think the Toon boss will line his side up…
GK - Karl Darlow
Should retain his place with Martin Dubravka picking up another injury with Slovakia. Hasn’t let the side down
RB - Emil Krath
Regular starter this term and unlikely to be left out following a winning performance
CB - Federico Fernandez
Another who should keep his place having played his part in the Burnley win
CB - Fabian Schar
Wasn’t at his assured best recently against Germany for Switzerland but could continue to deputise for Jamal Lascelles who remains a injury doubt
LB - Jamal Lewis
Touch and go in terms of fitness having returned from Northern Ireland duty early. A must start as the only natural left-back if fit
CDM - Isaac Hayden
Has begun this season well and seems to have found his role in the heart of the Newcastle midfield
CM - Sean Longstaff
His work rate and commitment in the midfield allows Shelvey to flourish
CM - Jonjo Shelvey
The most influential of the three Newcastle midfielders going forwards and has started the season in a strong fashion
RW - Joelinton
Seems to be finding his feet somewhat in his new role out wide. Needs more influence in front of goal still
LW - Allan Saint-Maximin
The dangerman and with a new improved contract. Saint-Maximin has quickly become one of the first names on the Newcastle teamsheet
CF - Callum Wilson
Scored twice in the win over Burnley and has made a flying start to his career at St James’ Park. Must pick