Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

Newcastle United predicted starting XI v Al-Hilal as Alexander Isak & others miss out

Newcastle United face Saudi Pro League champions Al-Hilal tonight (kick-off 5pm GMT) as their mid-season trip to Saudi Arabia draws to a close.

Eddie Howe’s side flew to Riyadh on Sunday as part of their preparations for the season restart in a fortnight’s time.

The squad has trained at Al-Hilal’s training centre and now face an intriguing test against the Middle East’s most decorated football club.

Newcastle, as already confirmed, will be without club-record signing Alexander Isak this evening as he continues his recovery from a thigh issue.

Paul Dummett is out with a back problem, while the game could come too soon for Matt Ritchie, who is only just returning from a calf injury.

Emil Krafth, of course, is out for the season, if not least the majority of it.

With Howe expected to use the friendly as a way of getting minutes into many player’s legs as possible, NewcastleWorld has gone with the best starting XI Howe could name, rather than predicted.

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