Newcastle United expected starting XI versus Brighton: A return for January signing plus Sven Botman decision
Newcastle United’s expected starting XI to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.
Newcastle United make the long trip to the South Coast to face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.
Dan Burn returns to his former club for the first time since completing his £15million move in January - but will he retain his place in the starting XI? And what about the other players who started against Forest?
This is the starting XI NewcastleWorld expects Eddie Howe to name:
GK: Nick Pope
Will be hoping for another quiet afternoon, much like his debut against Nottingham Forest last Saturday.
RB: Kieran Trippier
Some may argue Trippier had an off-day against Forest, despite ending up on the winning side. But you can bet Trippier won’t have many more off-days.
CB: Fabian Schar
Was faultless against Forest last time out, with his 20-yard screamer - identical to his Burnley effort a few years ago - breaking the deadlock.
CB: Dan Burn
Burn is likely to start against his former club with an outstanding display against Forest set to keep Sven Botman out of the starting XI a little longer.
LB: Matt Targett
Showed a strong understanding with Allan Saint-Maximin last weekend, which gave the Frenchman the platform to perform to his best.
CM: Bruno Guimaraes
Always looks capable of unlocking a defence with one pass, along with his usual all-action midfield displays.
United’s 21-22 player of the season picked up where he left off against Forest with a physical display.
CM: Joe Willock
Willock, clearly benefitting from a full pre-season, was a real threat from midfield against Forest.
RW: Miguel Almiron
Was heavily involved against Forest following a strong pre-season, although the Paraguayan did lack that final bit of quality at times.
ST: Callum Wilson
Wilson, overall, was kept quiet by Forest but as proper No.9s do, the striker only needed one chance to score - and he took it.
LW: Allan Saint-Maximin
Saint-Maximin endured a difficult end to last season but the signs against Forest were extremely encouraging.