Saturday sees us take on Steve Bruce's Newcastle and it's safe to say that they haven't had the best of starts to the season with just 2 points gained out of a possible 15, despite playing some very winnable games. Their 5 goals in 5 games isn't a terrible record in attack, but the 13 goals conceded isn't great! It's not just goals conceded either with Newcastle not faring too well in xG conceded either. Bruce has opted for a defensive strategy in their games so far this season, often with a 5 at the back with Jacob Murphy (or Manquillo) and Matt Richie as wing-backs - both who often venture forward quite frequently which will hopefully leave a lot of space for our wingers to attack, pace will be key so I'd have Sarr (obviously) and Dennis starting in these positions. This is backed up by looking at where they concede their open play shots, I've circled 2 areas that looked interesting in this regard, they conceded a good amount of chances from these wide areas and watching the videos of their goals conceded so far a fair few of the goals conceded started in these areas as well (but won't show up in the shot map) - but they mostly defend the penalty area well with not many chances conceded around the 6-yard area There's also a chance for us to have plenty of the ball as from the graph below we can see that Newcastle don't really press or defend too much, allowing 13 passes per defensive action (tackle, interception, foul), although we're also up there in terms of that, although we pressed much more against Norwich (with 8.85 PPDA compared to our 12.71 PPDA for the rest of the season) - with a good chance of getting a result I'd expect us to continue pressing slightly more. In attack they haven't done too badly in terms of xG, in fact even slightly outscoring us in that regard. Being below average in terms of xG isn't a surprise when you take a look at their open-play shot-map with few chances created around the 6-yard area Looking at this rather messy pass map (yellow is a pass failure, red is a successful pass) below it's clear that they focus on attacking down the wings rather than from the middle of the park which they seem to bypass altogether, if Kiko is out injured it wouldn't surprise me to see Cathcart back at RB to ensure we're covered defensively. I also feel this is a game that could suit one of Louza or Tufan skillsets so wouldn't be too surprised if one of them starts. The Geordies always provide entertainment (see below), although not necessarily on the pitch so hopefully Saturday can also provide us some entertainment, preferably with us coming out of the game with an important 3 points!