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Newcastle United predicted XI vs Sheffield United: £38m star drops out as formation decision made

Newcastle United predicted starting XI for the Premier League clash against Sheffield United.

Newcastle United return to Premier League action just three days after their 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

The Magpies headed to Selhurst Park on the back of a 10-day break after beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at St James’ Park. But they couldn’t repeat their efforts in South London and succumbed to two Jean Philippe-Matata goals.

Eddie Howe produced a tactical masterclass against Spurs, unleashing an unseen 3-4-3 formation, but sticking with the same formula - and players - didn’t work twice. Against the Blades, the Toon boss must decide whether to stick again, or possibly revert back his favoured 4-3-3.

Prior to the defeat to Palace, Newcastle had come into form after going four matches unbeaten. Wins against West Ham United, Fulham and Spurs, and a drawing with Everton, has propelled United back into European qualification with destiny in their own hands.

It is likely 7th position, where they sit currently, will be enough for a return to Europe.

There are five games remaining, starting with bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). Defeat for Chris Wilder’s side on Tyneside would seal their relegation after just one season back in the top-flight.

Here’s how Newcastle United are predicted to line-up:

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