A combined Newcastle United and Leeds United starting XI, according to WhoScored.com (Photo by RUI VIEIRA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Newcastle United v Leeds United combined XI: Two controversial choices for Magpies

Newcastle United take on Leeds United in the Premier League this evening – and just for fun, we’ve pulled together a combined starting XI.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 12:06 pm

Under pressure Steve Bruce is in desperate need of a result with the Magpies currently 10 games without a win.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa also marked a run of eight matches without scoring as supporters call for the 60-year-old to resign.

Meanwhile, Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the field following a nine-day absence after a postponed fixture against Southampton and a free FA Cup weekend.

It’s a huge game for both teams in the context of the bottom end of the top-flight table.

Ahead of tonight’s game, we’ve decided to create a ‘combined XI’ – as decided by popular statistics site WhoScored.com, who have given an average rating to each player thus far.

Indeed, that includes a couple of controversial choices as far Newcastle are concerned.

So, which of Bruce’s players feature? Scroll and click through our gallery to see how the starting XI shapes up:

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