Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images for Premier League)Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images for Premier League)
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images for Premier League) | Getty Images for Premier League

Newcastle United’s surprise starting XI v Aston Villa as Eddie Howe drops pre-season ‘hint’ - gallery

Newcastle United’s starting XI for their Premier League opener against Aston Villa - based on minutes played in pre-season so far.

Newcastle United round off their preparations for the new Premier League season by hosting the inaugural Sela Cup this weekend.

Having faced Aston Villa, Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League Summer Series in the United States, Eddie Howe’s side once again go up against high-profile opposition in Fiorentina and Villarreal.

Playing on both Saturday and Sunday, Howe is expected to field two different starting XIs, like he did versus Chelsea and Brighton last week, to ensure his squad gain the required minutes in preparation for the long campaign ahead.

Howe is yet to decide his starting XI for the league opener against Villa in 10 days’ time - but is minutes played in pre-season anything to go by? Adopting that theory, NewcastleWorld takes a look at how Howe’s first starting line-up of the season looks currently.

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