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Joselu And Ritchie To Start – Strongest 4-2-3-1 Newcastle United Line-Up To Face Crystal Palace

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Predicted Newcastle United Line-up To. Face Crystal Palace In The Premier League

Newcastle United will look to carry on their good form in gameweek 9 of the Premier League, when they face bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace at the St.James’ Park stadium on Saturday.

In the previous league game, Newcastle dropped points to Southampton as they were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw at South coast. The Magpies have lost just once in their last 6 league games and manager Rafael Benitez will be hoping his team finishes as the winner this time around at least, against Roy Hodgson’s fresh Palace side, who are coming off the back of their brilliant 2-1 win over defending champions Chelsea.

Palace are sure to fight for all three points and the Magpies need to be at their best to take anything from this game.

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Paul Dummett (hamstring injury) and Massadio Haidara (knee injury) will be out against Palace. Jonjo Shelvey played with a finger injury at Southampton and the central midfielder should be able to feature against the Eagles too. The manager has no other injury concerns ahead of this game.

However, Isaac Hayden is just one booking away from reaching 5 yellow cards; so he needs to be extra cautious to avoid a one-match suspension.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Rob Elliott (GK)

Elliot has done very well for the Magpies and should continue to be in goal against Palace.

DeAndre Yedlin (RB)

The USA right-back has improved massively under Benitez and will definitely get a nod to start ahead of Jesus Gamez.

Yedlin of Newcastle
DeAndre Yedlin

Jamaal Lascelles (CB)

The captain has been leading the team by example. After signing a bumper 5-year deal, Lascelles would be ready to produce another strong defensive display.

Ciaran Clark (CB)

Defender Florian Lejeune’s costly mistake saw Newcastle drop points at St.Mary’s; which prompts an idea to watch Ciaran Clark back in the side and partner the captain at the heart of the defence against Palace.

Javi Manquillo (LB)

Injuries to left-backs Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara have proved to be a blessing in disguise for Newcastle, as Manquillo has slotted in well at left-back, despite him naturally being a right-back.

Jamaal Lascelles

Isaac Hayden (CM)

It appeared that the majority of the Toon Army wanted to see Shelvey-Merino become the regular central midfield partnership, which left big question marks surrounding Hayden’s role.

However, the former Arsenal man arguably came up with a perfect response with the opening goal against Southampton. He will be a guaranteed starter at the weekend.

Jonjo Shelvey (CM)

Partnering Hayden at the heart of the midfield should be Shelvey, who played with a finger injury at Southampton. Being the team’s one of the most creative players, it is tough to keep the former Liverpool player out of action.

Matt Ritchie (RW)

The Scottish winger is in fine form and is expected to start on the right against Palace.

Matt Ritchie

Ayoze Perez (CAM)

What a time to get a goal for himself! Perez, struggling with form, scored the second goal for Newcastle against Southampton, which could see him start again on Saturday. He needs to produce more on a consistent basis.

Christian Atsu (LW)

Atsu remains a threat for the opposition all day long with his blistering pace. A never-ending engine, the former Chelsea winger shrugged off injury concerns after coming back from international duty and is set to keep his place.

Joselu (ST)

A summer acquisition from Stoke, Joselu will be the ideal man to lead the Toons’ attack against Palace, given the Eagles’ defensive vulnerabilities to defend from set-pieces. However, he needs to be more clinical in front of goal.

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