Steve Bruce's predicted Newcastle United starting XI against Sheffield United - featuring some BIG calls

It’s been more than three months since Newcastle United kicked a ball in anger but this Sunday they’re back in business with Premier League football back on the agenda.

Sunday, 21st June 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Sunday, 21st June 2020, 8:30 am
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Steve Agnew, First team coach of Newcastle United (L) and Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United (R) inspect the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

A formation switch and some more expansive, open play was the order of the day pre-COVID, but will Steve Bruce stick with his plan or drop back into a three-man backline?

Here we take a look at the starting XI the manager could pick with Sheffield United in town on Sunday.

The Slovakian has played every minute in the Premier League for Newcastle United this season.

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A new contract looks to be in the offing for the Spaniard, who has been Newcastle & Bruce's Mr. Dependable this season.
The Tottenham Hotspur loan man has been less than impressive since he arrived but he's an international left-back, and starts if fit.
The player with most touches for Newcastle United in the Premier League this season.
The skipper, United's leader.
Fits the bill in terms of energy and legs in the midfield.
Newcastle United's top-scorer this season with FIVE goals in the Premier League.
With Matt Ritchie an injury doubt the Austrian Inter Milan loanee is likely to step. It would be no shock to see Ritchie make a miraculous recovery mind.
The Paraguayan has operated well in the more central role when needed. Expect him to start there again on Sunday.
The exciting Frenchman is the Magpies' ace in the pack. We've just got to hope those hamstrings will be OK.
Andy Carroll might again be best suited to Sheffield United, but it would be a shock to see Steve Bruce opt for anyone but Joelinton, despite his struggles in front of goal.