Date: 3rd December 2019 at 7:23am
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OPINION

Newcastle head coach is likely to stick with an unchanged starting line-up for Thursday’s tough away trip to Sheffield United.

Bramall Lane is a tricky place to go, with having got his side firing on all cylinders in the . However, the Magpies will be confident after Saturday’s draw with Manchester City.

Indeed, Bruce is almost certain to stick with the same team that secured that 2-2 draw with the champions, which means that 51-cap Switzerland international is likely to take his place on the bench once again.

It’s simply too difficult for Bruce to change a defence that’s performing very well right now. He’ll be confident that his team can go and get a result on Thursday.

Martin Dubravka showed his class once again against City, pulling off a number of fine saves to enable the Magpies to get a point from the game. He can expect to start once again here.

Meanwhile, Javier Manquillo underlined his starting credentials at right wing-back by (mostly) shackling Raheem Sterling on Saturday. He will likely start again against . On the opposite side of the defence, looks a sure-fire starter.

As mentioned, not even the superlative Schar can break this three-man central defensive unit at the moment. , Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett will surely all start on Thursday.

The middle of midfield pretty much picks itself after the way these two men performed against Pep Guardiola’s side. and will almost certainly keep their places.

Out wide, Miguel Almiron finally got an assist, while Allan Saint-Maximin continued to terrorise the opposition. Both men will likely start in support of lone frontman Joelinton.