Newcastle United given ‘basement dwellers’ verdict with Alexander Isak holding the key

Alexander Isak is backed as being the difference-maker against Sheffield UnitedAlexander Isak is backed as being the difference-maker against Sheffield United
Alexander Isak is backed as being the difference-maker against Sheffield United | Getty Images
Newcastle United welcome rock-bottom Sheffield United to St James’ Park looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat to Crystal Palace

The experts are predicting a resounding win for Newcastle United at St James’ Park later today. Eddie Howe’s men produced a dismal performance in midweek - losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace to surrender their advantage in the Europa League race.

Three days on, the Magpies have a chance to set the record straight against the Premier League’s rock-bottom side. Sheffield United arrive on Tyneside knowing anything but a win would see them relegated.

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Newcastle brushed aside the Blades 8-0 in September and a repeat of those heroics would be unanimously welcomed by the Toon faithful. With Manchester United hosting Burnley, only a win would be acceptable for the Magpies as they aim to kick-start their Europa League bid.

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As it stands, seventh spot will only secure a Conference League spot given English clubs’ failures in Europe this season. NewcastleWorld has profiled what the pundits are saying ahead of the Sheffield United clash.

Mark Lawrenson

Newcastle will be looking to put that loss to Crystal Palace in the week right and what a strange result it was. Newcastle still have players out but it seems Alexander Isak is back in the mix.

Prediction: Newcastle 3-0 Sheffield United

Paul Merson

Sheffield United have conceded four goals in each of the last two games and got well beaten by Manchester United despite putting up a fight. Newcastle were on the wrong end of a beating by Palace the other day but they are a good team at home and should get all three points against the basement dwellers.

Prediction: Newcastle 4-0 Sheffield United

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