Newcastle United will lock horns with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Wednesday night as they look to earn a victory and book a place in the next round of the EFL Cup. The Magpies managed to secure a 3-3 draw versus Manchester City last weekend which will give them a lot of confidence ahead of this game.
Eddie Howe will probably opt for a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to make a whole host of changes to his starting XI for this cup game away from home. Chris Wood will spearhead Newcastle’s attack on his own up top.
4-3-3 Newcastle United Predicted Lineup To Face Tranmere Rovers
Martin Dubravka will function in goal for the Magpies as he looks to secure a clean sheet on the road. Federico Fernandez will partner Jamaal Lascelles at the centre of Howe’s defence as they try to keep a clean sheet during the 90 minutes.
Emil Krafth could get the nod to start at right-back while Matt Ritchie looks to impress as the left-back. Both of them will get a chance to get forward and create chances for their teammates inside the Tranmere penalty box.
Sven Botman will be rested on the bench as he provides cover for the centre-back positions.
Howe could name a midfield comprised of Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff and Elliot Anderson for this EFL Cup clash in midweek. All three of them need to work hard towards establishing their superiority over the opposition at the centre of the park. It would be up to Willock to make a few late runs into the opponent’s penalty box in support of the front players.
Joelinton will drop to the Newcastle bench as he waits for his opportunity to make an impact as a second-half substitute if needed.
Jacob Murphy will probably get a start as a winger on the left flank while Ryan Fraser looks to give a good account of himself as the right-sided wide player.
Chris Wood will lead the charge for the Magpies down the middle. The English striker is in dire need of a goal to boost his confidence after what has been a dry spell for him at Tyneside thus far.
Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron are expected to be rested on the bench but could come on to influence the game in the latter stages if Newcastle are in need of a goal by then.