Newcastle United’s Latest Team Update and Expected Lineup for the Crystal Palace Match
Newcastle United is gearing up for their upcoming Premier League clash with Crystal Palace this Saturday. Eddie Howe’s squad is eager to maintain their impressive form after bouncing back from successive losses to Manchester City, Liverpool, and Brighton. They have gone on an undefeated streak spanning seven games across various competitions.
This remarkable run includes three consecutive Premier League victories, a draw against West Ham United, a triumph over Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, a goalless draw in the Champions League group stage opener against AC Milan, and the unforgettable 4-1 home win against Paris Saint-Germain.
With the international break now behind them and several key players back in Newcastle, Eddie Howe faces some crucial decisions as his team aims for a win that could propel them into the Premier League’s top six.
Eddie Howe’s Selection Challenges: One of the most pressing concerns for Howe revolves around the availability of Sandro Tonali, a summer signing from Italy. Tonali is currently awaiting updates regarding his involvement following an investigation into his alleged connection to illegal gambling activities in his homeland. Howe has mentioned that he will make a decision on Tonali’s eligibility, emphasizing that the midfielder has been training well and is in contention, displaying strong emotional composure.
Injury-wise, Harvey Barnes is confirmed to be absent, but late fitness assessments will determine the availability of Joelinton and Sven Botman, who has been spotted intensifying his recovery from injury. Howe has indicated that it’s too early for Joe Willock to make his long-awaited return.
Alexander Isak, the striker formerly with Real Sociedad, is a potential doubt after he withdrew from international duty with Sweden due to a groin injury suffered in a 2-2 draw against West Ham United. If Isak doesn’t recover in time, Callum Wilson may earn his first start since his contribution to the 8-0 win over Sheffield United last month.
Anthony Gordon will rejoin the team after serving a one-match suspension.
Eddie Howe’s Take on Injuries: The eventual return of Joe Willock is anticipated to be a significant boost for Howe, as he has been without the midfielder’s services so far this season while Willock recuperates from a hamstring injury sustained in a 4-1 victory against Brighton during the final month of the previous season. Howe has mentioned that Willock has been in Spain recently, experiencing a change of environment and focus, and is making good progress. Despite a few setbacks, including an unexpected Achilles injury, the aim is to expedite his recovery and see him return to his best form.
Predicted Newcastle United Starting Lineup:
- Goalkeeper: Nick Pope
- Defenders: Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn, Fabian Schar, Sven Botman
- Midfielders: Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, Elliot Anderson, Miguel Almiron
- Forwards: Anthony Gordon, Callum Wilson