By Jude Summerfield
Newcastle will come off the pace by reaching the Carabao Cup final in mid-week to continue pushing for a top four spot on Saturday when they host West Ham.
Victory over Southampton in Tuesday’s second leg ensured a 3-1 aggregate victory that took the Magpies to the final at Wembley, where they face Manchester United later this month.
However, influential midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has picked up a red card against the Saints and will begin a three-match weekend suspension.
West Ham have struggled for form all season but have picked up a handful of recent victories in the FA Cup and against fellow scrappers Everton.
Expected Lineup Newcastle vs West Ham (4-3-3)
GOALKEEPER: Nick Pope – Comfortably ahead in the Golden Glove contest, having already kept 12 clean sheets. Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale is second with nine.
RB: Kieran Trippier – It seems like he’s just getting better and better as a fighting defender while conjuring up attacking opportunities on the other side.
CB: Fabian Schar – He has an eye for showmanship from distance and has scored one league goal so far this season.
CB: Sven Botman – The summer acquisition played a big part in setting up a Magpies defense that was still excellent during the second half of last season.
LB: Dan Burn – He pulled off his best Paul Gascoigne impression to celebrate Newcastle reaching the final of the Carabao Cup in mid-week. To have the dress measured.
CM: Joelinton – He hopes to make Brazil’s first call-up for two friendlies in March, although Selecao are left without a coach after Tite’s departure.
CM: Sean Longstaff – The Newcastle hero needed to score twice in the first half against Southampton, giving his side a good lead which the Saints were unable to overturn despite Che Adams’ goal and Guimaraes’ red card.
CM: Joe Willock – He is Guimaraes’ natural replacement in midfield and his wild runs from midfield will add some goal threat. Elliot Anderson is also in contention.
RW: Miguel Almiron – Almiron’s streak in front of goal is definitely at an end, having failed to score in eight games in all competitions, but he remains a crucial part of Newcastle’s starting XI.
ST: Callum Wilson – He remains the senior striker ahead of Alexander Isak but hasn’t scored since the Premier League returned after the World Cup.
LW: Anthony Gordon – The Everton newcomer could be slotted straight into the squad ahead of Allan Saint-Maximin, who has not been a regular starter this season.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Newcastle v West Ham Expected Lineup – Premier League.