Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle is on Fulham's radar this month (Gayle is seen in the picture)
Lukasz Fabianski clears the ball as Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United looks to win a header during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on July 05, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/Pool via Getty Images)

Newcastle United will take on Blackburn Rovers at St. James’ Park on Tuesday night with the hope of securing a win which would book them a place in the third round of the EFL Cup. The Magpies managed to pick up an impressive 2-0 victory over West Ham United last weekend, so they will head into this game with a lot of confidence even though most of their first-team players might get a rest.

Steve Bruce could change his formation to 4-2-3-1 and might be inclined to play some of his squad players versus the Lancashire outfit in midweek. We can expect to see both Joelinton and Miguel Almiron begin this game as they try to put on a good show in the attacking third.

4-2-3-1 Newcastle United Predicted Lineup To Face Blackburn Rovers


Karl Darlow might continue in goal for the Magpies after he kept a well-deserved shutout versus the Hammers last weekend. Bruce has a lot of defenders missing due to injury or lack of fitness with Florian Lejeune, Fabian Schar, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark all set to be unavailable for selection for this EFL Cup second-round clash at Tyneside.

Hence, Jamaal Lascelles will once again partner Federico Fernandez at the heart of the Magpies defence as they look to restrict the Blackburn attackers from scoring in midweek. Emil Krafth could get a start as the right-back while DeAndre Yedlin fills in on the other side as a makeshift left-back.

Both Javier Manquillo and Jamaal Lewis might be rested for this contest, so we can expect to see them on the Newcastle bench.

4-2-3-1 Newcastle United Predicted Lineup Vs Blackburn Rovers (Newcastle players celebrating in the photo)
West Ham United’s English midfielder Declan Rice (R) reacts as Newcastle players celebrate scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at The London Stadium, in east London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)


Sean Longstaff could get a chance to impress alongside Isaac Hayden at the centre of the park. The hard-working duo will try to produce a tireless shift so that they can dominate the midfield battle and create some promising goal-scoring opportunities in the opposition half.

Christian Atsu will hope to use his pace on the left flank while new signing, Ryan Fraser operates as a right-sided winger. Miguel Almiron put in an impressive cameo off the bench versus the Hammers, so he deserves a chance to start this game. The Paraguayan sensation will look to cause all sorts of problems for the opposition while playing on the shoulders of Joelinton up top.


Joelinton will probably get the responsibility to lead the attack for Newcastle down the middle. The Brazilian striker is in dire need to bang in some goals so that he can build some confidence ahead of what could be another long and gruelling campaign for him this term.

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