Steve Bruce’s Magpies have pulled themselves eight points above the Premier League relegation zone in recent weeks and with 35 points under their belts as it stands, can almost see the finish line when it comes to top flight safety.
Will they go one step closer today? Our writer Liam Kennedy thinks they’ve got a good chance, if they make TWO key changes to their starting XI.
9. Miguel Almiron
This deeper role does not suit the player, you lose a little of what makes Almiron tick. But, he is perfect in this role and continues to the left.
Photo: Stu Forster
10. Callum Wilson
The time has come for the striker to come back in. Strangely, the man he will likely replace - Joelinton - is in his best form in two years on Tyneside.
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11. Allan Saint-Maximin
He really fancies it - and I'd be surprised if an ankle knock is enough to keep ASM down in this kind of form. Could cause havoc.
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