Newcastle will come into this game as the league’s in form team having won five on the spin, including away wins at West Bromwich Albion and Leicester. Their great run of form has seen them move up into fifth place in the league and they will be hoping that they are not yet finished ascending the table.
Key to this turnaround has been a team of players in every position all over the pitch. At the back, the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index singles out Dutch fullback Daryl Janmaat as their star defender, with the Dutch international winning 73.9% of his 46 tackles, whilst racking up 28 clearances and 30 interceptions. He is no slouch going forward either, and don’t be surprised to see him venture forward looking to add to his goal and two assists.
In the middle of the park, Jack Colback continues to impress, having featured in all 12 of Newcastle’s games this season. The English midfielder has racked up 29 interceptions already this season, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, illustrating the level of his reading of the play. He has covered the most ground in the Newcastle squad by some distance, completing 138.98km already this season, and will provide the motor in the Newcastle engine room.
Up top, Newcastle will be looking to the services of Ayoze Perez, if his form stays true in accordance with the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The 21 year old Spanish striker has already found the net three times this season, at an average of just 130 minutes per goal, illustrating the threat he holds. His accuracy in front of goal is also impressive, hitting the target with 75% of his shots. He is 29/10 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Elliot; Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; Sissoko, Tiote (c), Colback; Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi.
Alnwick, S.Taylor, Anita, Cabella, Armstrong, Cisse, Riviere.