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Newcastle stick with back five for relegation battle with Sheffield United

Fantasy Football players selecting Callum Wilson (£6.6m) in their Free Hit teams will be disappointed to see Steve Bruce has stuck with a back five system for Newcastle’s visit to bottom of the table Sheffield United.

Kickoff at Bramall Lane is at 1800 GMT.

Wilson will be hoping to rekindle his partnership with former Bournemouth teammate Ryan Fraser (£5.6m), who returns to the starting lineup.

Karl Darlow (£5.0m) retains his position in goal for the Magpies, despite an impressive performance from Martin Dubravka (£4.8m) in the FA Cup.

The three centre backs, Federico Fernandez (£4.7m), Fabian Schar (£4.9m) and Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) will be flanked by Deandre Yedlin (£4.3m) and Paul Dummett (£4.4m) at wing-back.

Steve Bruce has selected an industrious midfield pairing of Jeff Hendrick (£4.6m) and Isaac Hayden (£4.7m) with Sean Longstaff (£4.7m) supporting the attack.

Chris Wilder has chosen to replace Lys Mousset (£5.8m) with out-of-position midfielder Oliver Burke (£4.3), who partners David McGoldrick (£5.2m) up front.

Other than that, the Blades’ lineup has a very familiar look to it, with Ethan Ampadu (£4.3m), Chris Basham (£4.6m) and Jon Egan (£4.7m) at centre-back.

Jayden Bogle (£4.3m) will be hoping to build on his promising attacking displays from wing-back, and Wilder will hope Ben Osborn (£4.8m) can offer the same kind of threat on the left.

John Fleck (£5.6m), John Lundstram (£4.9m) and Oliver Norwood (£4.6m) will be in the centre of the park for Sheff United.

Aaron Ramsdale (£4.7m) continues in goal.

Newcastle XI: Darlow; Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Dummett, Hendrick, Hayden, Longstaff, Fraser, Wilson

Ramsdale; Bogle, Basham, Ampadu, Egan, Osborn; Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood; McGoldrick, Burke

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1,909 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Batman’s arch enemy assist?

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Loneliness?

    2. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Zack Snyder?

  2. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Burnley home games are so boring. The ball always seems to be out of play more than in.

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      37 draws and 1 lucky win is usually enough to stay up.

  3. Chenku╰☆╮
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Triple Sheffield defense neves was the way to go. Thank god I did 😀

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Yeah I believe you, thousands wouldn't 🙄

  4. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Whew Siass didn't score

  5. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Bruno close

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Catching practice for Pope

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Bruno testing Pope

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Multiple choice or direct question? The crowd want to know.

    2. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      "Do you sh!t in the woods?"

  7. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    I know he's young but this Wolves lad is a bit pap isn't he?

  8. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Get the hell out my team Shaw

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      United would be better off with George Bernard

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 14 hours ago

        Did anyone else have to Google that?

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          Nah, but maybe my age has summat to do with it...

  9. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    That Man U kit is dire. Giving me vertigo, big time.

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Pipe down U2.

    2. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      You must be high

  10. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Burnley gonna do one over United here?

  11. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Ahh **** Cenk Tosun isn't playing

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Are you sure you didn't speak tosun? Cenk again

    2. Yes Ndidi
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Thought of you and your punt when I saw the teams.
      Still time yet.

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Lowton close.

  13. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    20 minutes gone in the United game. The ball has been in play for 5 of those minutes.

  14. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    United’s luck going to continue it seems.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Being outplayed yet again.

  15. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    'Looking for Barnes who gets the touch. It's Wood!'

  16. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Glad to see the Wolves Everton clean sheets wiped.

    Non FH player here

  17. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Ref told Maguire to tell Cavani to stop hand gesturing at him.

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      The culture shock continues.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Lucky Maguire didn't assault him.

    3. United 99 4Ever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      were they racist hand gestures?

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 14 hours ago

        Haha, no... More Latin like.

  18. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Pickford deciding corners are more valuable than goal kicks . . .

  19. Fantabulous KdB
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Rashford looks lost

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Lost the hunger.

  20. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    Martial should've done better.

  21. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 14 hours ago

    this is gonna be a low scoring week isnt it

  22. Milkman Bruno
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Shaw is covering a lot of ground already.

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 14 hours ago

        Is that a fat joke?

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      This is my 17th GW with Martial this season. Aiming to get to 20 if poss.

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Shaw red VAR check?

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 14 hours ago

        Checked already

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          Maybe not. Commentators were wrong

      2. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 14 hours ago

        *Brady

      3. Milkman Bruno
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          That’s been cleared already never a red but that is denying a goal scoring opportunity surely!

        • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 10 Years
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          Checking red card for Burnley now.

      4. Milkman Bruno
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          Should be a red last man back and outside the box

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            14 days, 14 hours ago

            Should've been a free kick to Burnley up the other end.

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          How many refs in England work for United? This is absurd.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          Genuine attempt to play the ball, surely no red, even against United?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            14 days, 14 hours ago

            Oh good they're actually rewinding to the correct incident.

        • G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          Just send Shaw and Brady off lol

        • _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          Shaw in trouble here. possible RC

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          Shaw owners...