Fri 3 May 2024, 12:30 · Ash Harrison

£39m winger to start with big names on bench - Our predicted Newcastle lineup to face Burnley

£39m winger to start with big names on bench - Our predicted Newcastle lineup to face Burnley
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Newcastle United continue their assault on European qualification tomorrow down at Turf Moor against relegation-threatened Burnley. Kick-off is 3pm with no live UK TV coverage.

Eddie Howe confirmed this morning that Fabian Schar is unlikely to play again this season which means the gaffer has very few options remaining in defence. With that in mind, we're thinking that the best defence is a strong offence which is why we've gone with recalling the Notorious B.I.G. up front (Barnes, Isak, Gordon).

Our away form is poor this season, and three of our remaining four games are on the road so something needs to change if we're going to snatch that European spot.

If we can't stop 'em, score more than 'em

Hopefully, a strong attack tomorrow can make the difference with our defence being weakened.

Strong in attack, weak at the back.


Martin Dubravka - Nick Pope is back in training, but we feel this game may come just a bit too soon for him to reclaim his place in the starting lineup.


Tino Livramento - Tino played his way into the WhoScored Team of the Week last week so we don't see him as one of the 'weaker' ones in this defence.

Emil Krafth - Right-back by trade Krafth will have to move to centre-back which is never ideal, but he's done it before at least.

Dan Burn - To be fair, Big Dan Burn has played better in his natural centre-back position this season than he has at left-back so we have no real gripe here.

Lewis Hall - We love him, but we are very aware of his defensive frailties that have kept him out of the side this season. A slight cause for concern but could be very useful going forward.



Sean Longstaff - With Joelinton so close to a return this could be the last game Longy starts this season. The lad needs a rest.

Bruno Guimaraes - Because of course.

Elliot Anderson - He's been a breath of fresh air since returning to the side. Our worry is he loses his place for Joelinton over Longstaff. He shouldn't, but we know how Eddie thinks.


Anthony Gordon - Right-wing duties for Gordo, please. It may not be his favourite position, but he's better at it than Harvey Barnes.

Alexander Isak - One more goal to get to 20 Premier League goals this season, two to catch Erling Haaland ... three for his first hat-trick in England. Are we asking too much?

Harvey Barnes - A constant threat when he's on his game, his inclusion gives us three likely goal-scorers up front. The perfect tonic for a weakened defence.


Eddie Howe will have some positive options on the bench

Eddie Howe will have some options from the bench again with Callum Wilson raring to go once again.

We expect Miguel Almiron to be available too, and we could possibly see a late cameo from Joelinton which would be phenomenal.

In terms of defensive options, we'll have Paul Dummett and Alex Murphy. not awe-inspiring but it is what it is.