Joelinton returns, £20m ace axed as Bruce makes big call: Predicted NUFC XI vs Everton – opinion

After rescuing a point against Wolves thanks to a late free-kick from Jacob Murphy, Newcastle welcome one of the Premier League’s high-fliers in Everton on Sunday.

The Toffees have enjoyed a barn-storming start to the new season, with four wins from six, but did taste defeat for the first time when they lost 3-0 to Southampton last week.

Newcastles predicted line up vs Everton - Joelinton returns, £20m ace axed as Bruce makes big call: Predicted NUFC XI vs Everton - opinion

Ahead of the game, Magpies boss Steve Bruce has a couple of big calls to make, both in defence and further forward, and with that in mind, below is a look at how the Tyneside club could line up.

The big dilemma for Bruce is of course the fitness of captain Jamaal Lascelles, with the Newcastle boss delivering an update on the centre-back’s status ahead of the Everton game in his pre-match press conference.

He said: “We’ve only got one major concern from last week: the captain, who limped off. He’s got a foot injury and we’ll see how he is in the next 48 hours. But everyone else is OK.”

If Lascelles doesn’t pass a late fitness check, Ciaran Clark could return in defence, with Bruce likely to stick with the same back-five that ultimately helped earn a point against Wolves.

With Jeff Hendrick the only recognised central midfielder in the game at Molineux, Bruce may consider giving him some added help in the engine room, and that could see Isaac Hayden being drafted in for Ryan Fraser.

Further forward, Miguel Almiron’s latest disaster in the Premier League may see the £20m ace drop out, with Joelinton’s added height and presence potentially very useful to combat the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Yerry Mina at set-pieces.

Predicted XI: Darlow; Murphy, Schar, Clark, Fernandez, Lewis; Hendrick, Hayden; Saint-Maximin, Wilson, Joelinton.

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