Date: 13th December 2019 at 6:45am
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Jeff Stelling has predicted a 1-0 defeat for Newcastle United when they play on Saturday. 

go into the game on the back of a three game unbeaten run, but will be without enigmatic winger Saint-Maximin, who is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

And taking that blow into consideration, Stelling foresees a gloomy afternoon at for the travelling Army.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Newcastle are in decent form, but the loss of Saint-Maximin will be a big blow.

“The lack of firepower up front will allow to get back to their old ways of keeping clean sheets at and earning three points.”

OPINION

Make no mistake, losing Saint-Maximin is a huge blow for the Army. The wide man has really come into his own in recent weeks, and after a slow start in England, he was beginning to look like a player who can cause serious damage. So far this term he has averaged 4.5 successful dribbles per game, as per Whoscored, and that kind of creativity and directness is always going to be hard to replace. As for the match itself though, don’t rule the Army out just yet. They’ve pulled performances out of the bag before with the chips down this season, and with the Clarets in a pretty bad place themselves, there’s no guarantee that they won’t do exactly that again. If they could, then the hype surrounding this side would surely burgeon a little more, and Steve Bruce would have to come in for yet more praise.