Wed 25 Oct 2023, 11:29 · Ash Harrison

Newcastle's predicted lineup vs. Dortmund: £20m player dropped but otherwise unchanged

Newcastle's predicted lineup vs. Dortmund: £20m player dropped but otherwise unchanged
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Newcastle United take on Borussia Dortmund at St James' Park this evening in the third gameweek of the Champions League.

Eddie Howe will be hoping his side can extend their lead at the top of Group F and will be feeling good after another superb team display at the weekend against Crystal Palace.

Borussia Dortmund are also coming into this game on the back of a win—and are unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season—so two confident teams will be going head-to-head.

This is what we believe will be the starting line-up tonight, with the head coach set to make just one change from the weekend's win.


Unless Nick Pope is injured or suspended, he's a shoo-in to start every game.


Sven Botman is still injured and probably around 10 days away from a return, so it'll be unchanged at the back with Dan Burn, Fabian Schär, Jamaal Lascelles, and Kieran Trippier tasked with attaining another clean sheet.

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Our predicted lineup to face Dortmund


Again, we think this will be unchanged with Joelinton, Bruno Guimarães, and Sean Longstaff continuing in the middle.

Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia has this morning suggested that Sandro Tonali will find out today about his ban which would rule him out of tonight's game, otherwise, there'd be potential for him to start.

As such, we think Eddie Howe will be playing it safe and earmarking him for the bench at best.


This is where we will see the change.

There was a bit of debate as to whether Miguel Almirón would be given the nod over Jacob Murphy, but with how well Murphy played against Crystal Palace we thought it would be cruel for him to be dropped.

Therefore we've stuck with Murphy on the right, Anthony Gordon on the left and the change coming in the middle with fit-again Alexander Isak starting ahead of Callum Wilson against his old club.

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Isak didn't have the best of times at Dortmund

The Miggy/Murphy debate rages on in the office, but we think we're on for another successful prediction here (and another three points). Howay the lads!