Following a 1-1 draw with Brighton two weeks ago, Newcastle take on Brentford in today’s crucial game at St James’ Park – where Eddie Howe will be absent after testing positive for Covid-19.
STARTING 11: Darlow – Schar, Lascelles, Clark – Murphy, Shelvey, Willock, Ritchie – Saint-Maximin, Wilson, Joelinton.
SUBS: Dubravka, Lewis, Krafth, Manquillo, Hayden, Longstaff, Fraser, Almiron, Gayle.
So, Howe has made three changes from the side that drew at Brighton a fortnight ago, seeing Fabian Schar, Joe Willock and Joelinton come in for Emil Krafth, Isaac Hayden and Miguel Almiron.
He’s also gone with a three-man defence, seeing Murphy and Ritchie operate at wing-back. In midfield it’s Shelvey and Willock, with Saint-Maximin and Joelinton operating just off Callum Wilson.
Here’s how the visitors line up, seeing Ivan Toney start on his return to St James’ Park: