Confirmed Newcastle team v Norwich – Saint-Maximin and Bentaleb start BUT no Lazaro or Rose

newcastle team v norwich

The Newcastle team v Norwich has just been confirmed.

Newcastle kicking off their game at 3pm.

NUFC back in Premier League action after the very poor display last Saturday in the 0-0 FA Cup draw with Oxford.



Newcastle could go as high as ninth in the Premier League if they win, dependent on other results.

Before Saturday’s matches, only one point separated Southampton in ninth and Newcastle United in fourteenth.

All eyes on whether the three January signings would make their Newcastle United Premier League debuts, after Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro all arrived on loan.

The confirmed Newcastle team v Norwich:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Bentaleb, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

There are three changes:

In: Dubravka, Fernandez, Hayden

Out: Darlow, Schar, Sean Longstaff

So only Nabil Bentaleb of the January signings starts.

No Danny Rose or Valentino Lazaro in the starting eleven, having to be content with place on the bench.

Subs:

Darlow, Schar, Lejeuene, Sean Longstaff, Rose, Atsu, Lazaro

Compare the Steve Bruce starting eleven to the fans choice Newcastle team v Norwich HERE.



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Fans choice of Newcastle team v Norwich including new signings

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.

A win could potentially take Newcastle as high as ninth, if all other results went our way.



On Friday morning, Steve Bruce said eight or nine players were definitely ruled out injured.

Eight that appear to be in that category are Paul Dummett, Jetro Willems, Andy Carroll, Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle, Yoshinori Muto, Ki Sung-yeung and Javier Manquillo.

In this choice of team, all three January loan signings are included, though not possibly with as high a vote as you might expect.

Matt Ritchie the most unlucky to be left out of the fan choice, 12th highest with 54% support.

Despite being the only available striker, interesting to see Joelinton with only 77% support.



This is how the fans’ Newcastle team v Norwich looks with a suggested formation based on the fan votes, with then the percentage votes rounded up/down to nearest whole number for each of the 20 players.

100% Dubravka

97% Almiron

96% Saint-Maximin

85% Lascelles

85% Bentaleb

81% Rose

77% Joelinton

75% Schar

74% Hayden

73% Lazaro

60% Clark

54% Ritchie

37% Fernandez

36% Yedlin

35% Lejeune

22% Matty Longstaff

17% Sean Longstaff

2% Atsu

0% Darlow

0% Elliot



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Which 11 players would you select in Newcastle team v Norwich? Please vote now

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

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

In 14th place, Newcastle have a five point gap to Brighton in 15th but only one point up to Southampton in ninth. So if every result fell right, United could climb as many as five places in the league.



On Friday morning, Steve Bruce said that at least ‘eight or nine’ players are ruled out of the Norwich match.

Steve Bruce confirmed that Gayle, Muto and Carroll are all still not available, meaning Joelinton continues to be the only fit striker.

Meanwhile, media reports said this week that Jonjo Shelvey has a hamstring injury and probably won’t be back until March. Steve Bruce says another ‘two or three weeks’ and with the head coach repeatedly giving out overly positive info on when to expect injured players back, it is very likely it will be March before Shelvey stands a chance of playing.

Willems and Dummett are of course ruled out for the rest of the season, whilst Manquillo and Krafth are also both still out.

That brings us to eight definitely not involved against Norwich.

Lejeune wasn’t mentioned but he was spotted in training earlier this week, so fingers crossed he can be considered again after missing Oxford last Saturday.

In better news, as well as Bentaleb and Lazaro, Steve Bruce confirmed that Danny Rose is available

So what would be your side for Newcastle United to beat bottom of the table Norwich at St James Park?





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Predicted Newcastle team v Norwich including three new signings

All eyes are now on the Newcastle team v Norwich on Saturday.

After a poor performance at home to Oxford in the FA Cup, Newcastle needing to bounce back.

Whilst the previous games saw four points picked up against Chelsea and Everton, a massive amount of luck was in play.Playing bottom club Norwich, Newcastle fans will be hoping/expecting a far more convincing display.



With away games against Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Southampton amongst the following four games, as well as a home match against Burnley, a tricky set of fixtures coming up.

Saturday’s match will also be the first game after the conclusion of the January transfer window only hours earlier (11pm Friday 31 January).

I expect January signings to feature strongly in the starting eleven.

Martin Dubravka will of course be in goal, whilst as for centre-backs, I fancy it will be Schar, Lascelles and Clark who play, with Fernandez the unlucky one.

That is of course assuming Steve Bruce will stick with a back three/five and I’m sure that will be the case, at least for now.

Bruce is set to have two ideal wing-back choices to make their debuts.

I think Valentino Lazaro will obviously start and it will be at right wing-back.

Whilst on the other side, Wednesday night saw a Danny Rose loan move to Newcastle widely reported across the media, with the clubs set to formally announce today. I think he will go straight into the team, only 14 Premier League games remain and he has come here to play, whilst maybe harsh on Matt Ritchie, Danny Rose is a quality addition in the position.



With news this week that Jonjo Shelvey is out now with a hamstring issue, it makes the central midfield pairing easier to predict.

Sean Longstaff has been struggling and I expect Hayden to be in there alongside Nabil Bentaleb.

Who knows if Andy Carroll will make the squad this time but having been out with yet another (hip) injury, it will be the bench surely if he is involved.

Joelinton would have started regardless anyway I fancy and with both Saint-Maximin and Almiron sure starters, with hopefully more of a license to play further up the pitch in this line-up, that completes the eleven.

The above gives me this predicted Newcastle team v Norwich:

Dubravka

Lazaro, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Rose

Hayden, Bentaleb

Almiron, Saint-Maximin

Joelinton

Three points would see Newcastle surely well on the way to safety, though if Norwich complete the double over NUFC, alarm bells will be starting to ring once again.




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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

Subs

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

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



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