Newcastle United vs Brentford preview: Team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch and how to watch
Bryan Mbuemo and Jonjo Shelvey battle in the last time the sides met - Image courtesy of Getty Images (David Horton - CameraSport)

Newcastle United will look to bounce off an impressive display versus Fulham last time out by defeating a steady Brentford side.

The home side have only fallen to defeat once this season, this being to Liverpool in harsh circumstances. 

Frustrating draws to Crystal Palace and Bournemouth after this game caused a bit of commotion amongst fans doubting their sides goalscoring abilities, but the 4-1 win last time out safely settled this.

So, after eight games played in the Premier League Newcastle are sat seventh with 11 points, a strong position to say the least.

Brentford on the other hand have struggled to maintain form but have scored some remarkable victories so far this season. Most notably the 4-0 home win over Manchester United in game week two.

The Bees' last victory came against Leeds in an entertaining encounter ending 5-2 in their favour with ex-magpie Ivan Toney scoring a wonderful hattrick.

Since then a loss to Arsenal at home and a stalemate at Bournemouth sees them slap bang in the middle of the table, sitting in 10th.

Team News - Newcastle

Newcastle come into this game with key faces returning to the squad. Fan favourite Allan Saint-Maximin looks set to return to the match day squad after he picked up a hamstring injury which kept him out of the past four games for the Toon.

Saint-Maximin looks set to feature on the bench after he is lacking match fitness and sharpness but will most likely stake his name in this game with him being such a desired asset of Newcastle's.

Brazilian Joelinton is also back to full fitness after picking up a slight knee injury which kept him out of the side at Fulham, with manager Eddie Howe leaving him on the sidelines to watch on as a precaution.

Record signing, Alexandar Isak, will miss out though after injuring his thigh in training for Sweden on international duty. The positive news is he is running on the grass and his injury is not serious. 

Long term absentee, Jonjo Shelvey also remains out of action but is ahead of schedule in his recovery and may return before the World Cup.

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Allan Saint-Maximin, who is set to return, celebrates at Molineux Embed from Getty Images

Team news - Brentford

There's good news for the West London side as Jamaican international, Ethan Pinnock, is fully available for tomorrow's clash. He is yet to make a first team appearance this year due to a knee injury but has stepped up his recovery as of late and made himself an option at the back for the Bees.

Another player yet to make an appearance this season, Sergi Canos, is also back and ready to play his first minutes.

Although thats where the good news stops as Brentford skipper, Pontus Jansson will not make the trip up north. He was withdrawn midway through the second half at Bournemouth last weekend with a hamstring injury and has not recovered in time, with no timeframe set on his spell on the sidelines.

Other players out include; Charlie Goode, Christian Norgaard and Keane Lewis-Potter.

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Ethan Pinnock in action who is back in contention Embed from Getty Images

Previous meeting

Last time these two sides clashed Newcastle came out victorious by two goals to nil. An early red card to Josh Da Silva after a late and reckless challenge on Matt Targett, gave the away side the advantage as they went on to dismiss Brentford in a comfortable fashion.

Goals from Joelinton and Joe Willock gave them the three points. Highlights from the game can be found below.

Ones to watch

Newcastle - Miguel Almiron

The Paraguayan has had arguably his best season on Tyneside already, amounting three goals, two of them coming last time out. This included an astonishing volley that will undoubtedly be a part of the goal of the season conversation.

He has looked much more confident under Howe, linking up play well and finally turning his hard work into goal contributions.

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Almiron after his second at Fulham Embed from Getty Images

Brentford - Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney has been great again this year as he was in Brentford's first ever Premier League campaign. So good in fact he earned his first England call up, and although he failed to make an appearance its a big compliment ahead of the World Cup.

His hattrick as aforementioned against Leeds is his definite highlight, with an exceptional free kick amongst the goals standing out. This also highlights his all roundness to his game, meaning he's a handful for any defender.

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Predicted lineups

Newcastle United - Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Willock, Guimaraes, Joelinton, Almiron, Wilson, Murphy (4-3-3)

Brentford - Raya, Hickey, Ajer, Mee, Henry, Baptiste, Janelt, Jensen, Mbuemo, Toney, Damsgaard (4-3-3)

How to watch

This game is situated on a Saturday afternoon at 3pm meaning due to the blackout this game will not be broadcasted live. 

However highlights from the game will be posted shortly after full time on YouTube.

 

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