Newcastle United vs Chelsea: Predicted starting line-up
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Newcastle United will look to bounce back from their crushing defeat 2-0 defeat to Southampton F.C with a result against Chelsea F.C at St James' Park tomorrow. 

Steve Bruce's side looked totally disjointed last time out as they were fiercely dominated by Southampton's intense pressing system. 

Unfortunately for Newcastle, tomorrow's clash will not be an easier affair by any stretch of the imagination: they face a Chelsea side who are unbeaten in their last six games. 

The attacking prowess of the The Blues front line will likely lead to a conservative approach from The Magpies, similar to one that we have seen multiple times so far this season. 

Here is VAVEL's predicted Newcastle XI...

Formation: 5-3-1-1 

Goalkeeper: Karl Darlow 

Karl Darlow has been somewhat of a revelation during Martin Dubravka's absence from the Newcastle side. 

He has often singlehandedly kept Newcastle in games this season, making 39 saves (the most of any Premier League goalkeeper). 

His heroics were not able to keep Newcastle in the game against Southampton, but his sensational finger-tip save to deny Oriol Romeu a sensational long-distance goal prevented the game from turning into a thrashing. 

He surely keeps his place. 

Right wing-back: Jacob Murphy 

The 25-year-old has been performing well in his new role, so it feels unlikely that Bruce will drop him anytime soon. 

The former outcast offers an attacking outlet from wing-back in Newcastle's new system, as well as showing a mature sense of discipline on the defensive end. 

Centre-back: Ciaran Clark

Ciaran Clark has suffered with a thigh injury as of late but the Irishman may find himself back in the Newcastle team for this game. 

Fabian Schar's performance against Southampton was pitiful and it will likely cost him his place in the starting line-up, with Clark directly replacing him. 

Clark is a far more resolute defender who is less prone to making mistakes with the ball at his feet and therefore seems the safer option to use against Chelsea. 

Centre-back: Jamaal Lascelles 

When he is fit, Newcastle's captain starts for them in the heart of the defence. 

His performances have been criticised by fans recently, but his attitude and leadership qualities mean that he is almost undroppable. He is one of the first name on Steve Bruce's team sheet. 

Centre-back: Federico Fernandez

The underrated Argentinian is one of Newcastle's most consistent players and he rarely puts a foot wrong. 

He will take his usual place on the left-side of Newcastle's three central defender's, as they attempt to limit the impact of the lethal Timo Werner as a sole striker. 

Left-wing back: Jamal Lewis

Fresh off of International heart-break as Northern Ireland failed to qualify for EURO 2020,  Jamal Lewis could benefit from a well-earned rest. 

Unfortunately, Newcastle's options on the left side are limited and Lewis will have to battle through the fatigue when facing Chelsea's frightening attack. 

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Central Midfield: Isaac Hayden

Isaac Hayden will feel aggrieved having spent so much time on the bench this season, but he will surely reclaim his place tomorrow. 

It seems inevitable that Jeff Hendrick will be dropped after a string of poor performances, and Hayden is the man to replace him. 

Not to forget that the 25-year-old scored the winner in this fixture last term!

Central Midfield: Sean Longstaff

His performances have improved recently and he remains one of the best options for Newcastle's three man midfield. 

He was poor against Southampton and his mistake eventually led to the host's second goal, but this will not have been enough to convince Steve Bruce to drop the 23-year-old.  

Central Midfield: Matty Longstaff 

Possibly a surprise inclusion for some people, but Matty Longstaff looks set to make his first start of the Premier League campaign tomorrow. 

He made his first appearance against Southampton last time out; looking relaxed and composed when in possession. 

More importantly, Miguel Almiron only returned to Newcastle at 11pm on Thursday night, so he is likely to be too tired to start the game - with Matty Longstaff taking his place. 

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Centre-forward: Allan Saint-Maximin 

The Frenchman has not been at his best in Newcastle's new system but he will still undoubtedly still start tomorrow. 

He was completely nullified against Southampton, hardly touching the ball and cutting a frustrated figure throughout. 

However, he is always capable of a moment of brilliance that could win Newcastle the game - and this means he is an ever-present when fit. 

Striker: Callum Wilson 

Newcastle's talisman has declared himself fit ahead of tomorrow's game, despite injury worries. 

He has scored six times in eight games for Newcastle, hitting the ground running since his £20 million move from Bournemouth. 

Steve Bruce will have the final say on the forward's fitness, and it's 50/50 as to whether he will actually start the game. 

Newcastle fans will have to wait with bated breath to see if Wilson will be named in the starting line-up. 

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