Finally, after 100 days from the last game, the Premier League was back on Wednesday night. Newcastle United will welcome Sheffield United to St. James’ Park this Sunday. This will be Newcastle’s first game at home since 29th February where they drew 0-0 against Burnley.
The big news throughout lockdown for Newcastle United has been the negotiations between Mike Ashley and the Saudi-led consortium. Many fans will have hoped the takeover would have been complete by the time the season resumed.
The deal looks like it will need more time before it can be confirmed.
However, the away side was on the end of a technical glitch. Goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland stumbled over the line with the ball in his hands from an Oliver Norwood free-kick. Referee Michael Oliver’s watch failed to signal that be ball had crossed the line which ultimately cost Sheffield United the three points.
The reverse fixture between these two sides saw Newcastle leave Bramall Lane with all three points in a 2-0 win. Goals from Saint-Maximin and Shelvey were enough for the Magpies to get the win.
A victory in Newcastle’s last game away at Southampton will mean that a win this weekend will see them win back to back games for the first time this calendar year.
Sheffield United will look to continue their recent form of five games without defeat since their last defeat to Manchester City.
The away side also have the 7th best away record in the Premier League, picking up 20 points so far.
The team news for Newcastle sees both Matty and Sean Longstaff face last fitness tests. While Dwight Gayle and Kieran Clarke will both be out with knee and ankle injuries. Some good news though as Martin Dubravka has used the break to recover from his injury.
Whilst Danny Rose, Valentino Lazaro and Nabil Bentaleb have all had their loans extended.
For Sheffield United, they will be hoping that both Jack O’Connell and John Fleck will be available after missing the game against Aston Villa.
Newcastle team prediction: Dubravka; Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose; Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton, Almiron
Sheffield United team prediction: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McBurnie, Sharp