Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe will be looking for back-to-back wins as his side face Leicester in the Premier League today.
The Magpies beat Burnley 1-0 away at St. James’ Park last weekend, picking up their first win of the league season to move off the bottom of the table.
They now have an opportunity to draw level on points with 17th-placed Watford if they beat the Foxes at the King Power.
How many changes will he make? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that he will make three alterations to the side, with Federico Fernandez, Jacob Murphy and Isaac Hayden coming in.
Firstly, Fabian Schar could come out for Fernandez to start at centre-back alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles at the back. The £40k-per-week Swiss beast was shocking against Burnley last weekend and should now be axed from the XI.
Fernandez has won 63% of his duels this season and averaged a solid SofaScore rating of 6.77 when called upon by the Magpies. Therefore, he could be a reliable option to come in and steady the ship at the back after Schar’s worrying display.
In midfield, Hayden could replace Joe Willock to add some extra steel to the middle of the park. Against Burnley, the 22-year-old lost five of his seven duels and was dribbled past twice as he also missed one ‘big’ chance, although he did create three chances.
However, his lack of strength off the ball is a cause for concern and he could struggle against Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi if they are able to get the better of him in individual battles. Therefore, bringing in a natural defensive midfielder in Hayden could be a shrewd call by the head coach.
Finally, we are predicting that Jacob Murphy will come in on the right side of the midfield to replace Miguel Almiron. As per SofaScore, he lost eight of his 13 duels against Burnley and failed to create a single chance for his teammates, whilst being dribbled past twice.
Although FFC published an article urging him to be unleashed against the Foxes, Howe may want to go with Murphy ahead of Manquillo to offer more protection against Harvey Barnes.
The ex-Norwich man has won 57% of his duels this season for the Magpies and is capable of playing at right-back and right-midfield. This means that he could offer a balance between defence and attack to help the side combat Leicester’s strengths whilst also holding a threat going forward on the counter attack.