Sat 13 Apr 2024, 11:37 · Ash Harrison

Eddie Howe does it again - Newcastle United's lineup contains a couple of surprise names

Eddie Howe does it again - Newcastle United's lineup contains a couple of surprise names
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It really is just as well that Premier League managers are under no obligation to tell the truth in their pre-match press conferences or Eddie Howe would be in trouble every week.

The squads for today's game have just been revealed and Newcastle United have a couple of names on there that Eddie Howe had led us to believe were definitely going to be missing.

Our lineup prediction, as a result, is well off the reality - and we are actually glad because that defence that was giving us nightmares did not come to pass.

However, the front three we've been manifesting has.

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Make of that what you will

Livramento and Hall make it into the squad but not into the starting lineup

Tino Livramento who was "the closest to a return" as of Howe's presser yesterday, was in fact so close that he is in fact on the bench today as Newcastle take on Tottenham.

Lewis Hall who hadn't trained all week must just have been having a rest because he too makes it into the squad.

Jacob Murphy starts but he could be playing a more defensive role behind Harvey Barnes or Anthony Gordon depending which side of the pitch he's deployed with Anthony Gordon and Alexander Isak also up front.


Howe has been tinkering on the tactics board

Howe has definitely been playing around with things and it's going to be interesting to see how the team lines up at kick-off.

Even the squad poster has given nothing away with the players listed in squad number order rather than a vague sense of their position.

Meanwhile, Spurs start with James Maddison, Heung Min Son and Timo Werner up front which could be a big cause for concern for the Magpies.

Kick-off is at 12:30 live on TNT Sport. Howay the lads!