Newcastle United confirmed starting XI vs Sheffield United as Eddie Howe names £60m double change

Newcastle United’s starting XI to face Sheffield United at St James’ Park has been announced.

Eddie Howe has named two changes to his Newcastle United starting XI for this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Sheffield United (kick-off 3pm).

The Magpies’ head coach has reverted back to his 4-3-3 formation following Wednesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. Howe unleased a 3-4-3 system which blew Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur away in a 4-0 win but lightening didn’t strike twice at Selhurst Park.

Lewis Hall comes in at left-back to replace Harvey Barnes, while Tino Livramento has been passed fit to start at right-back ahead of Emil Krafth.

Howe revealed he was only able to call on Livramento in an “emergency” against Palace as he struggled with an ankle injury, however the 21-year-old has made good progress in training this week.

Speaking at Friday’s press conference, Howe said: “He came on against Tottenham and had a slight reaction to his ankle after that game, minimal but enough to then restrict his training before Crystal Palace. Similar situation we have been in with a number of players, we’re having to look after him.

“Now, a few days makes a big difference. Let’s see how he feels today, how gets through training and then we’ll make a decision regarding this game.”

Here’s Newcastle United’s starting XI and subs in full:

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