Newcastle vs Leeds LIVE: Steve Bruce’s under-pressure side face fellow strugglers Leeds at St James’ Park in a Premier League basement battle after a week of turmoil at Toon
- Newcastle, currently second bottom of the league, host Leeds, who lie in 17th
- Steve Bruce’s Magpies side have endured a week of genuine turmoil and toxicity
- SPECIAL REPORT: Insight from Sportsmail’s Craig Hope on the club’s struggles
- Latest Premier League news, including live action, plus all fixtures and results
- The Premier League race for the Golden Boot top scorer award – as it now stands
- Follow this link to view the club’s placings in Premier League table – as it stands
Newcastle host Leeds on Friday evening in a basement battle between two sides currently languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Steve Bruce’s Magpies – second bottom of the league – have endured a week of toxicity and turmoil, with Sportsmail’s Special Report revealing the extent of the struggles at the Toon.
Meanwhile, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds lie in 17th and have several injury issues, with just one fit out-and-out centre back after Pascal Struijk’s red card against Liverpool was upheld.
It promises to be a riveting encounter at St James’ Park, so make sure you stay up to date with everything that’s happening on Tyneside.
Follow Sportsmail‘s Max Mathews for live Premier League coverage of Newcastle vs Leeds, including build-up, team news and updates.
Special Report on Toxic Toon
Sportsmail’s north-east football correspondent Craig Hope wrote a Special Report published on Thursday which gives the inside track on the toxicity and turmoil surrounding Newcastle currently. He discussed:
- Dwight Gayle’s training ground row with assistant boss Graeme Jones
- Steve Bruce slamming Isaac Hayden for his display against Cristiano
- Players’ anger with a training schedule they feel suits the manager, not them
- Several Under-23s players’ involvement in a city-centre brawl last week
CLICK HERE TO READ SPORTSMAIL’S SPECIAL REPORT ON NEWCASTLE.
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James for Harrison should be a fairly straight swap, although he and Raphinha may switch sides, potentially even swapping over during the match. Klich for Struijk is interesting though…
My humble opinion is that the world’s best utility man Stuey Dallas will play at RB, Luke Ayling shuffling over to CB and Klich taking up Dallas’ position as one of the central players in the midfield four ahead of Kalvin Phillips.
MAYBE though, Phillips will drop back to CB, with Ayling and Dallas still at RB and CM respectively, and Klich in Phillips’ defensive midfield position. Maybe I’m overthinking it though.
Two changes for Leeds – midfielder Mateusz Klich replaces the suspended defender Pascal Struijk, with winger Dan James coming in for Jack Harrison, who didn’t make the squad and reportedly has a knock.
That said, another sports website which shall remain nameless reckons it’s a 5-4-1, with Saint-Maximin and Almiron at wide midfield and Joelinton up top on his own.
Still, doesn’t solve the Manquillo/Ritchie/Hayden/Joelinton problems!
I can’t help wondering if the 5-3-2/3-5-2 formation is really the best one for Newcastle. At a conservative guess, I’d say six of the starting 11 (more than half, nearly two-thirds of the outfield players) are out of position in that set up.
Manquillo: Full back at wing back. Ritchie: Winger/wide midfielder at wing back. Hayden: Midfielder at centre back. Almiron: Attacking midfielder in centre midfield. Saint Maximin: Winger at striker. Joelinton: Not a striker at striker. Missed any?
Only the one change for Newcastle, with fit-again Karl Darlow back in goal in place of Freddie Woodman. Woodman conceded 12 in his four Premier League games so far this season, so Darlow was always likely to come back in.
Bit of trivia for you, Freddie’s dad Andy played alongside one Gareth Southgate at Crystal Palace, is Gareth’s best mate, and they wrote a book together called Woody and Nord: A Football Friendship. Classic.
Isaac Hayden continues in defence.
Presumably HWTL means Howay the lads?
Leeds (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier, Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Junior Firpo; Kalvin Phillips; Raphinha, Mateusz Klich, Rodrigo, Daniel James; Patrick Bamford.
Substitutes: Kristoffer Klaesson; Charlie Cresswell, Jamie Shackleton, Nohan Kenneh, Stuart McKinstry, Liam McCarron, Crysencio Summerville, Tyler Roberts, Sam Greenwood.
Newcastle (5-3-2): Karl Darlow; Javier Manquillo, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles (C), Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie; Miguel Almiron, Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock; Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.
Substitutes: Mark Gillespie, Fabian Schar, Jamal Lewis, Emil Krafth, Federico Fernandez, Jeff Hendrick, Jacob Murphy, Ryan Fraser, Dwight Gayle.
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