Confirmed Newcastle team v Norwich – Ki, Krafth, Joelinton, Almiron all start

The Newcastle team v Norwich has just been confirmed.

Newcastle kicking off their first Premier League away match of the season on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

The will be Steve Bruce’s second competitive NUFC game in charge on the touchline.

We knew Gayle, Carroll, Lejeune, Atsu and Yedlin were all ruled out by injury.

Earlier today an exclusive reported that Ki would replace Sean Longstaff and that has proved correct. The young Geordie still coming back from his knee injury.

An early decision on Bruce’s part to play Krafth instead of Manquillo.

Whilst on Friday it was said there was a ‘slight’ chance Allan Saint-Maximin would be ruled out with a hamstring problem.

No sign of him today and you have to say the attacking options are very limited if making changes. Questions once again to be asked when recruiting an injured/unfit Carroll, when knowing how desperate for more goalscorers, especially with Gayle injured and taking no part in pre-season.

This is today’s Newcastle team v Arsenal:

Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden, Shelvey, Ki, Ritchie, Almiron, Joelinton


Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark, Willems, Sean Longstaff, Muto

Compare this team to the one favoured by Newcastle fans HERE.

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Fans choice of the Newcastle team v Norwich

We asked fans the question, which 11 players would you pick in your Newcastle team v Norwich?

We put together a list of the 20 players who looked as though they could potentially be selected for this game.

On Friday lunchtime, Steve Bruce indicated that five players definitely missed out.

Florian Lejeune, DeAndre Yedlin, Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu and Dwight Gayle.

He also said that Allan Saint-Maximin had a ‘slight hamstring problem and that his availability at Norwich depended on him coming through training ok on Friday.

Some interesting selection dilemmas with new players coming in and others leaving, others on the injured list.

This is how the Newcastle team v Norwich looks, based on the fan votes (a suggested formation to fit in the 11 selected).

With then the percentage votes (rounded up/down to nearest whole number) for each of the 20 players.

99% Martin Dubravka

98% Schar

98% Joelinton

95% Almiron

94% Lascelles

84% Sean Longstaff

82% Hayden

81% Shelvey

79% Ritchie

71% Dummett

61% Saint-Maximin

46% Krafth

39% Manquillo

27% Willems

20% Fernandez

11% Ki

10% Clark

9% Muto

1% Darlow

0% Elliot

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Which 11 players would you pick in Newcastle team v Norwich? Vote now

Which 11 players would you pick in the Newcastle team v |Norwich on Saturday?

We have put together a list of the 20 players who could potentially be selected for this game.

Newcastle United and Steve Bruce looking for the first point(s) of the season to help settle any nerves.

When asked about injuries/fitness on Friday the NUFC head coach said:


“Jonjo Shelvey is going to be OK.

“A slight doubt for Allan Saint-Maximin a slight hamstring (problem) and we will see how he does today.

“Krafth is fit though.

“Andy Carroll has done a bit of running on the grass.

“He’s still four or five weeks away but I’m sure he’s going to have a big part to play.”

So just like last week, you have Lejeune, Yedlin, Atsu, Gayle and Carroll all still missing.

Whilst for ASM there was a slight doubt – but Shelvey has shaken off his knock and Krafth is now available to start if selected.

Pick your 11 players below:

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Preferred Newcastle team v Norwich – Solves selection dilemma

All eyes are now on the Newcastle team v Norwich.

After the opening day defeat, what Steve Bruce will do in terms of changing personnel, if any.

The performance against Arsenal was decent up to a point.

A much weakened Arsenal side limited to only a few shots on target, the winning goal a gift from the Newcastle defence.

However, it was a similar story at the other end, a Joelinton shot straight at the keeper in the first half and a late effort from substitute Allan Saint-Maximin at least made Leno dive, though it was a comfortable save. The only two NUFC efforts on target.

Creativity and goalscoring always looked the biggest challenges this season and that opening 90 minutes didn’t change opinion.

We know from these past two seasons that in defence and centre midfield, Newcastle have got a solid base but how best to build on that further forward?

There was positive news on Wednesday with the club releasing images of training, Jonjo Shelvey in the group and suggesting no lasting harm after being forced off against Arsenal.

For a lot of fans they are seeing it as maybe a case of playing either Shelvey or Allan Saint-Maximin (ASM) to provide a spark but I think we need both involved.

I wouldn’t make too many changes in personnel but I think at least for this game, we need a change of tactics and formation, as goals will be needed against an attacking Norwich side who can be counter-attacked.

I would keep Sunday’s keeper and back five but instead turn it into a back four, with Dummett left-back and Matt Ritchie pushed further up into his favoured winger position.

Joelinton and Almiron would stay up front but I would sacrifice one of the three central midfielders and bring in ASM on the wing in a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 formation.

The trouble is that none of Shelvey, Hayden and Longstaff really get into the box and Almiron tends to do most of his best work outside the box as well.

Joelinton was usually the only one in the box whenever a ball was delivered.

I think Hayden is first choice in the middle and would maybe chop and change between Shelvey and Longstaff. Shelvey doesn’t have the greatest stamina anyway and Steve Bruce could tell him to give it everything against Norwich for an hour or so and then bring Longstaff on.

As we saw on Sunday, ASM was very direct and full of tricks and dribbling ability, looking to get in the box as much as possible, so surely in a team that has so few goals in it, he has to be included. Plus I think he and Ritchie can swap wings when needed and give Norwich different problems.

Which gives me this preferred Newcastle team v Norwich, to score goals and bring home three points:

Martin Dubravka

Javier Manquillo

Fabian Schar

Jamaal Lascelles

Paul Dummett

Matt Ritchie

Isaac Hayden

Jonjo Shelvey

Allan Saint-Maximin

Miguel Almiron


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