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sport news MARTIN KEOWN: Newcastle's four wide wizards can help Eddie Howe's side torment ... trends now
sport news MARTIN KEOWN: Newcastle's four wide wizards can help Eddie Howe's side torment ... trends now

sport news MARTIN KEOWN: Newcastle's four wide wizards can help Eddie Howe's side torment ... trends now

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We are in for a Saturday night thriller between Newcastle and Manchester United, two teams desperate for an immediate response to their European away-day disappointments in midweek. Key to Newcastle triumphing will be the bond between the 11 players on the pitch and 52,000 supporters in the stands.

It was a scandalous penalty for Paris Saint-Germain which cost them in the Champions League, and Eddie Howe’s injury list is so long that their last Premier League bench against Chelsea included three goalkeepers and four academy starlets.

But if ever there was a stadium that can give energy to its depleted group, it is St James’ Park. I say that from personal experience, having seen how its special support can lift the home side

The enthusiasm exuding from the fans is transferred to the team and Newcastle have relentless runners on both flanks. On the left, there’s Tino Livramento and Anthony Gordon — both as quick and direct and energetic as each other. They attack together, defend together and will run until they drop.

On the right, there’s Kieran Trippier and Miguel Almiron. Trippier has created more chances and hit more crosses than anyone this season, and Almiron is a man who never stops moving. You will struggle to find a better partnership between full back and winger at another Premier League club than Newcastle have in Livramento-Gordon and Trippier-Almiron.

Eddie Howe's side are looking to bounce back from their tough draw to PSG in midweek against Man United on Saturday

Eddie Howe's side are looking to bounce back from their tough draw to PSG in midweek against Man United on Saturday

Livramento joined Newcastle in the summer from Southampton for £30million

Gordon, who scored against Chelsea last weekend and has five goals in 12 Premier League appearances this season

Newcastle can utilise their four 'wide wizards' to cause problems for United, with Tino Livramento (L) and Anthony Gordon

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