Newcastle United vs Sheffield United: A Victory to Welcome The Future Owner
The Premier League was on the recess for more than two months but football in Tyne-side never dies, especially in relation to the takeover plan supported by the Saudi Arabia royal family. The process is still ongoing at the moment. As the competition resumes, there is no better day than this weekend fo The Toon Army in welcoming the future possible owner with a win while hosting Sheffield United, the most surprising dark horse this season. It is necessary not only to bump up their position on the table, which is still stuck on the fourteenth, but to show the positive value of the club.
Newcastle United news
The Magpies are still waiting for the result of the Premier League’s Owners and Director’s test regarding the takeover plan. In the meantime, the management has extended the performance-based contract for Andy Carroll and also is attempting the same for Javier Manquillo. The future of Steve Bruce is still on the shadow too despite his will to stay in St.James’ Park.
Sheffield United news
The Blades already made their return to EPL last midweek while visiting Villa Park. Unfortunately, they left the game, which ended in a goalless draw, in dismay as Chrie Wilder’s men should have won the game but their possible goal was not even recognised by VAR or Goal Line technology. It proves another mystery in football as well as the flaw of such so-called high tech support system on the pitch.
Missing players and probable lineups
Steve Bruce has always been in favour of super defensive tactics with 5-3-2 or 5-4-1 formation as the ideal one. Andy Carroll might be opted as the targetman as the role to open the space in the opponent’s defense as well as the best target for aerial duel suits him. He is likely gain support from the speedy Alain Saint-Maximin and Jonjo Shelvey in the midfield. However, some key players will be sidelined due to the injury such as Jetro Williams, Ciaran Clark and Pauk Dummett, plus the Longstaff brothers.
Newcastle United: Martin Dubravka; Jamall Lescelles, Federico Fernandes, Fabian Schar, De Andre Yedlin, Matt Richie; Miguel Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden; Andy Carroll.
Chris Wilder, on the other hand, actually shares the tactical approach with the pragmatism and old fashioned 3-5-2 formation in his team. The main targemen are normally Lys Mousset and The Scottish Oliver McBurnie. For this fixture, John Fleck anf Jack O’Connell are the two names ruled out.
Sheffield United: Dean Henderson; Chris Basham, Jack Robinson, John Egan; John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood, Mohammed Besic, Enda Stevens, George Baldock; Lys Mousset, Oliver McBurnie
In the head-to-head meetings, Jonjo Shelvey and Co are the dominant side with four wins, including the last one in Bramall Lane at the first leg, and one draw in the last six encounters, while Sheffield United can only win once.
This game is more crucial for the visitor’s side. A win would be great to keep The Blades’ chance in the continental competition next season. Yet, they know it will be tough as The Magpies were one of the teams which managed to thump them at home last year. Their layered wall would be something Chris Wilder’s men have to break, otherwise the home side might just seal another win.
Where to watch
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