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Newcastle predicted XI to take on Arsenal

Newcastle United play at St. James’ Park for the final time this season as they host Arsenal in the Premier League tonight.

The Gunners arrive on Tyneside chasing Champions League football and the Magpies have little to play for as they are safe from relegation and five points adrift of the top 10 with two matches to play.

Eddie Howe will be hoping for a reaction from his team as they were hammered 5-0 by Manchester City in their last outing.

How many changes will he make to the team? Here is our predicted XI…

We are predicting that he will make three alterations to the side, with Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson and Fabian Schar all coming back in.

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Starting off at the heart of the defence, we are predicting that Howe will bring Schar back into the fold after he was only fit enough for the bench against City. Jamaal Lascelles started in his place and struggled badly as he lost four of his six duels and recorded a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.1.

The Magpies coach must now axe him from the XI in order to bring the Swiss international back in alongside Dan Burn at the back.

At right-back, Trippier may come in to start his first game since picking up an injury in February. The gem, who was once dubbed “underrated” by Gareth Southgate, has scored two goals in five Premier League outings for the club to date and will be able to provide an attacking threat on the counter against the Gunners.

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Finally, we are predicting that Wilson will come in for Chris Wood, who Frank McAvennie claimed is “struggling” this season. The New Zealand international missed a glorious chance with his head against City and lost 10 of his 13 duels as he failed to showcase his quality at the top end of the pitch.

Axing him will allow Howe to start the striker he worked with at Bournemouth to complete the front three alongside Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin. The Englishman has scored six goals in 14 starts this season and will be aiming to add to that before the end of the campaign.

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