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Newcastle United team news & predicted XI vs Brighton

Champions League group-stage participants Newcastle United look to bounce back at home against a vaunted Brighton attack in the wake of back-to-back losses against top-four rivals Manchester United and Liverpool

Predicted XI

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Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe comes into another difficult weekend fixture against Roberto De Zerbi’s vaunted Brighton attack at The Amex without two key figures in the senior team, and questions surrounding a handful of others.

Both Joe Willock and Sven Botman are unfit for service due to injury, with Botman recently joining the former Arsenal midfielder after picking up an ankle injury in the 2-1 loss against Liverpool at St. James’ Park. Swedish full-back Emile Krafth also remains out.

Questions also persist surrounding Joelinton and Javier Manquillo, though Joelinton will slot into midfield if he is declared fit should he pass his late assessment. If not, look for Sean Longstaff to come into the team. Additionally, it can be expected that Howe will roll out the same front three that looks to have clicked, which means both Callum Wilson and Harvey Barnes are likely to feature on the bench once more.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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