Newcastle predicted lineup vs Arsenal - Premier League

Callum Wilson could be handed a start against Newcastle alongside Bruno Guimaraes
Callum Wilson could be handed a start against Newcastle alongside Bruno Guimaraes / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Newcastle's whirlwind Premier League season has gathered pace in recent weeks, and the club are now on the cusp of returning to the Champions League fold.

Eddie Howe has done an incredible job at St James' Park, leading the Magpies to 18 wins, 11 draws and just four defeats from their 33 Premier League outings.

The club also reached the Carabao Cup final - the first significant step the club have made towards winning silverware since reaching back-to-back FA Cup finals in the late 1990s.

Newcastle can't afford to take their foot of the gas just yet though, and have a huge game with Premier League title hunters Arsenal to contend with on Sunday. Here's how Howe could line his troops up come kick-off time.


Newcastle predicted lineup (4-3-3)

Joelinton continues to excel for Newcastle in midfield / Matt McNulty/GettyImages

GK: Nick Pope - Burnley's loss after their Premier League relegation was very much Newcastle's gain - shame really for Pope that Jordan Pickford continues to stand out in an England shirt.

RB: Kieran Trippier - The best right-back in the Premier League? You could certainly make a case for it because of how consistently brilliant Trippier is.

CB: Fabian Schar - Cool, calm and composed on the ball, Schar is the kind of modern day ball-playing centre-back every manager would like to have at their disposal.

CB: Sven Botman - Has gone under the radar this season - with Trippier taking most of the headlines - but has been essential in helping Newcastle keep 13 clean sheets.

LB: Dan Burn - Standing 6'6, you wouldn't put Dan Burn in the category of 'natural full-back'. The Blyth-born 30-year-old got a different memo, however, and continues to stand out on the left.

CM: Joe Willock - Some questioned the wisdom of Newcastle spending £25m on Joe Willock. Nobody is questioning that decision now.

CM: Bruno Guimaraes - The architect of so much of Newcastle's good play. Made a rare mistake against Southampton at St James' last Sunday but recovered to put in another stellar showing.

CM: Joelinton - A real gem of a player for Eddie Howe and Newcastle - brilliant in the box-to-box midfield role and intelligent enough to occupy any space left by Wilson and Isak's marauding runs.

RW: Jacob Murphy - Had scored five Premier League goals in a shade under five seasons at the club before netting a brace against Spurs in the romping 6-1 win. Followed that up by scoring at Everton, obviously.

CF: Callum Wilson - 15 goals in 26 Premier League outings, at a rate of 104 minutes per strike, isn't bad going for a player who isn't always a regular starter.

LW: Alexander Isak - A real contender for signing of the season, such has been his impact on Newcastle's season. Blistering pace and dribbling ability could cause Ben White all sorts of problems.

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