Newcastle United expected starting XI versus Mainz 05 - with new signing in line to start

Newcastle United take on Bundesliga side Mainz 05 in the final game of their Austria pre-season tour.

Eddie Howe handed non-competitive debuts to Nick Pope and Sven Botman during the 3-0 win over German third-tier side 1860 Munich on Friday afternoon.

Pope started in between the sticks, while Botman was introduced for the second-half after Jamaal Lascelles was withdrawn as a precaution.

Initially, Botman was due to play the final half-hour when Howe made 10 changes, which included Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.

Guimaraes scored one and assisted one inside the opening 17 minutes of him being on the pitch. Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff were also on the scoresheet.

Mainz make for a testing opponent at the Kufstein Arena after finishing 8th in the Bundesliga last term.

As ever, Howe will be looking to get the balance right in terms of minutes and a positive performance.

NewcastleWorld predicts the starting XI Howe will name to face Mainz 05:

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