June 15, 2024

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Harrison Ashby (R) warms up with Jacob Murphy (C) and Paul Dummett (L) during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on February 02, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United face West Ham United on  Saturday evening, hoping to avoid a Carabao Cup hangover in the Premier League.

The Magpies are probably on cloud nine right now. They will travel to Wembley later this month to face Manchester United in the League Cup final.

However, Howe’s team has three games remaining before the final and must maintain their lead in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Newcastle will face a difficult task against David moyes side, who have not lost a home game since April of last year.

Howe will have new signings, and this is our predicted Newcastle starting lineup for the game against West Ham.
Newcastle has Harrison Ashby on the bench.
Harrison Ashby, a new signing from Newcastle, is available to make his debut but will almost certainly start on the bench.

He has no chance of replacing Kieran Trippier anytime soon. Instead, the 21-year-old will spend his days learning from England’s international before taking his place a few years down the road.

However, with Javi Manquillo out injured, Ashby will provide immediate backup for Trippier against West Ham – the club Newcastle paid £3 million to sign him from. If he made his Toon debut against his former employer, it would be a surreal experience.

Joelinton switches positions in the game against West Ham.
With Bruno Guimaraes suspended, Howe will be forced to make one change on Saturday night. After being sent off against Southampton in the Carabao Cup semi-final, the midfielder will miss Newcastle’s next three games.

The loss is devastating for the Magpies, but the only saving grace is that Bruno will be available for the final.

Howe will have to adjust his midfield in his absence, and his options are limited after the club failed to sign a replacement for Jonjo Shelvey during the January transfer window.

Elliot Anderson is a possible replacement, but Joelinton is more likely to return to central midfield after previously playing out wide.

He’ll play on the left side of the three, with Joe Willock on the right and Sean Longstaff on the left.

It will be a tall order for the local lad to fill in for Bruno, but he will be buoyed by his brace, which led his boyhood club to Wembley.

Eddie Howe brings ASM back into Newcastle’s starting lineup.
With Joelinton moving inside, there will be space in the starting lineup for a winger.

It appears to be a toss-up between Allan Saint-Maximin and new signing Anthony Gordon.

While fans will be eager to see the £45 million man make his debut, Saint-Maximin looks set to make his first Premier League start since August. Gordon will have to make do with a spot on the bench.

It will be a huge opportunity for the Frenchman, who has had a difficult season due to injury. But he has the talent and must seize the opportunity presented by Bruno’s red card.

Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Willock, Longstaff, Joelinton; Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin.

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