The Magpies are on four points after nine games and are currently 19th in the table heading into this round of fixtures, with Graeme Jones looking to steady the ship after Steve Bruce’s departure earlier this month.
The 51-year-old picked up a point in his first game in charge last weekend as Callum Wilson’s overhead kick sealed a draw for Newcastle at Crystal Palace following Christian Benteke’s opener.
How many changes will Jones make to the team? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that he will make four alterations to the side which started against Crystal Palace, with Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar, Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron all coming in.
Between the sticks, the Slovakian could return to make his first appearance for the club in a competitive setting since May. Jones has confirmed that the 32-year-old is available after almost two weeks of work in training, saying: “Martin is fit and available. He’s had a good ten days, maybe 12 days’ work. But he hasn’t played a game yet.”
This suggests that he could take Karl Darlow’s place in goal as Newcastle attempt to keep Thomas Tuchel’s side at bay this afternoon.
At right wing-back, Jones may decide to go with Murphy ahead of Javier Manquillo. As per SofaScore, the Spaniard lost five of his eight ground duels, was dribbled past twice and only completed 67% of his passes against Palace last weekend. This could lead to the 27-year-old lightweight being axed from the side for the ex-Norwich man to get a start.
On the left of the back three, Schar could come in for Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark. We published an article explaining why the £37k-per-week dud must be axed from the team and the Swiss ace, who has only played twice in the Premier League this term, deserves a chance to show that he is good enough to be a regular in the side.
Finally, we are predicting that Miguel Almiron will start ahead of Ryan Fraser. We published an article explaining why the Paraguayan should be selected for this match, as he has the ability to provide energy and defensive protection for Murphy at wing-back and could help to nullify the threat of Ben Chilwell for Chelsea.