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How Newcastle United could line up against Sheffield United

How Newcastle United could line up against Sheffield United
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Newcastle United could line up for Wednesday's Premier League clash with Sheffield United.

Newcastle United come into Wednesday's home game against Sheffield United with an unenviable list of absentees.

Club captain Jamaal Lascelles remains out of action with a foot injury, while goalkeeper Karl Darlow, winger Ryan Fraser and centre-midfielder Isaac Hayden also continue spells on the sidelines.

Key striker Callum Wilson will also miss out through a hamstring injury, having netted 12 goals in the Premier League this season, playing a major role in the Magpies' survival.

In Wilson's absence last time out, midfielder Joe Willock found the net for the fifth consecutive match, and the Arsenal loanee should again feature from the outset on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, forward Joelinton netted his fourth goal of the season from the penalty spot in that match, giving the Brazilian renewed confidence coming into the final two matches of the season.

Steve Bruce could stick with the front two of Joelinton and the dynamic Allan Saint-Maximin, while Willock and Miguel Almiron should offer plenty more threat from midfield.

Aside from Lascelles's injury, Newcastle's defensive options have been further hit by the suspension of centre-back Fabian Schar, and the Swiss international will serve the final game of his three-match suspension on Wednesday after a red card in their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the beginning of May.

With the limited options, the Tyneside outfit were forced to line up with a makeshift back three of Emil Krafth, Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett for the Manchester City clash, while Ciaran Clark will also be pushing for a starting spot after a spell on the bench.

Newcastle United possible starting XI: Dubravka; Krafth, Fernandez, Dummett; Murphy, Willock, Shelvey, Almiron, Ritchie; Joelinton, Saint-Maximin

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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