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The Reds slipped to a late draw against West Brom last time out, and with Everton and Manchester United breathing down their necks, Klopp needs a result on Tyneside.

The German coach rotated against the Baggies and he looks likely to tinker again to keep his options fresh with James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain potential starters in this one.

As for the hosts, Steve Bruce’s selection plans are still be governed by an ongoing Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

Jamal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin are still sidelined for the Magpies, but Bruce can recall Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick.

And it’ll be a late start to complete this round of Premier League action with an 8pm kick off at St. James’ Park on December 30th.

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Pep Guardiola’s side have quietly been rediscovering their best form in the last month and the Spanish boss finally looks to have hit on winning formula this season.

However, despite being in the middle of their best run of the campaign, the demands of a packed schedule means he will be forced to rotate against the Magpies.

Pep’s defence should stay the same over the festive period but the returning Fernandinho, Phil Foden and Sergio Aguero could be drafted in.

As for Newcastle, Steve Bruce will continue to wing in terms of his line up with a Covid-19 outbreak at the club still forcing his selection.

Key pair Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lascelles remain sidelined due to the virus.

But Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis should shake off knocks in time to start.

And Kick Off is a late one on Boxing Day with an 8pm start at the Etihad Stadium.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce confirms two continuing Covid-19 cases at St. James’ Park

Club captain Jamal Lascelles and star man Allan Saint-Maximin have been confirmed as the two players in question with Bruce stating he has no timescale on their expected return to action.

The Magpies have been battling to contain an internal outbreak of the virus at their Darsley Park training base since the start of the month.

That forced the postponement of their clash with Aston Villa on December 1 but the club has since stated they are confident the situation is now under control.

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Newcastle battle back to beat West Brom 2-1

The Magpies preparations were hit by an ongoing coronavirus outbreak at the club but goals from Miguel Almiron and Dwight Gayle secured a crucial three points.

Bruce’s team waited until the 88th minute to win at Crystal Palace last weekend but Almiron needed just 20 seconds to get the ball rolling in this one.

Jamal Lewis’ long ball forward caused problems in the Baggies back line and Joelinton calmly slipped in the Paraguayan to tuck past Sam Johnstone.

The Magpies continued to dominate from there as Johnstone was called into action to deny Almiron and Joelinton with Connor Gallagher wasting a chance at the other end.

But despite struggling for a foothold in the first half, Slaven Bilic’s hauled themselves level just after the restart.

Matt Phillips wriggled to the byline and clipped into the back post and with Lewis caught ball watching, Darnell Furlong stole in to poke past Karl Darlow.

Bruce opted to throw on Gayle with 20 minutes to go and the former Palace man almost made an instant impact as Phillips got back to clear his header off the line.

But the Magpies forgotten man was not to be denied his big moment as he angled home a header from Jacob Murphy’s cross to seal the win for Bruce.

Full Time at St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 2 West Brom 1

Newcastle secure late 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace

Three points for the Magpies ends poor run on the road for Steve Bruce, with late strikes from Joelinton and Callum Wilson securing a crucial three points.

Neither side created much in poor opening half hour in South London, with Joelinton’s long range strike testing Vicente Guaita.

Palace did slowly edge themselves into the game before the break, with Eberechi Eze and Jeff Schlupp both denied by Karl Darlow.

That sense of frustration continued for both teams after the restart, before Palace missed a huge chance to take the lead.

Christian Benteke shook off two Newcastle defender to connect with Patrick van Aanholt’s cross but his header was well stopped by Darlow.

That let off opened the door for Newcastle, and Wilson raced on Joelinton’s pass to expertly slot past Guaita.

And the Brazilian got the goal his hard work deserved in added time as his deflected wrongfooted Guaita and sealed the win for Bruce.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 2

Impressive Southampton secure 2-0 Premier League win at home to Newcastle

The Saints have been in excellent form in recent weeks, and despite the absence of star man Danny Ings, a goal in either half from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong secured another three points.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were quick out of the blocks in this one as Adams edged them in front on seven minutes.

Miguel Almiron gave away possession on the edge of the box, and Theo Walcott’s neat cut back was fired home by Adams.

The impressive Walcott looked to be on a mission from there as Moussa Djenpo’s flick sent him through, but his effort curled just wide.

The home side continued to push and push Newcastle after the break, as Oriol Romeu’s powerful effort clipped the bar and Jan Bedranek forced a fine stop from Karl Darlow.

With the Magpies unable to muster up a response, Southampton grabbed a deserved second with nine minutes to go.

Again, Newcastle played themselves in trouble as Sean Longstaff gave away the ball in a key area and Scottish international Armstrong tiptoed past Jamal Lasacelles and tucked home.

Newcastle did almost steal a late consolation, but the redundant Alex McCarthy produced a brilliant save from Joelinton.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 2 Newcastle 0

Newcastle secure late comeback 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolves

Nuno Santo’s side struggled to break down the Magpies, but two goals in the final 10 minutes from Raul Jimenez and Murphy ensured a tense finale.

The home side were bright and busy in the opening stages with Daniel Podence drawing a smart stop from Karl Darlow.

But in truth that was the only real chance in a dull first 45 minutes in the West Midlands.

Wolves did improve slightly after the break with Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves testing Darlow.

However, with the game seemingly drifting to a boring goalless draw Jimenez edged the hosts in front.

Neto’s free kick caused chaos inside the Newcastle box and Jimenez did brilliantly to keep his cool and
power home.

But with just a single goal lead heading into added time, Wolves left the door open for and unlikely Newcastle comeback and Murphy took full advantage as he curled home a superb free kick.

Full Time at Molineux it’s Wolves 1 Newcastle 1

Last-Gasp Newcastle Snatch 1-1 Premier League Draw at Tottenham

The Magpies failed to register a shot on target until the 97th minute, against an absolutely dominant Spurs.

But with referee Peter Bankes seconds away from blowing the final whistle, he controversially awarded a spot kick, allowing Callum Wilson to smash home.

Spurs were on top right from the word go in this one, as Karl Darlow produced two brilliant saves form Harry Kane inside the first ten minutes.

And with all the pressure on Darlow’s goal in the opening stages, it was only a matter of time before Spurs found a breakthrough.

Kane was at the heart of it again for Jose Mourinho’s side, as he skipped past Issac Hayden and laid it on a plate for Lucas Moura to tap home.

There was no slowing down from Tottenham before the break, as Son Heung-min crashed two efforts against the woodwork and England international Eric Dier headed a corner just wide.

Spurs picked up where they left off after the break, as Darlow provided a one-man barrier denying Moura, Kane and Giovani Lo Celso.

Steve Bruce threw on Jacob Murphy and Andy Carroll to try and haul his side into it late on, but with the Magpies unable to break Spurs’ stranglehold, they were given a huge helping hand in added time.

Carroll’s knock down caught Dier on the arm and after a long VAR check Bankes enraged the hosts by giving the penalty.

With Spurs players incensed by the call, Wilson kept his cool to fire past Hugo Lloris as a livid Kane was given his marching orders by Bankes after the final whistle.

FULL TIME AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM IT’S TOTTENHAM 1 NEWCASTLE 1

Hendrick to sign for Newcastle in the coming days

The Magpies are set to bring Jeff Hendrick to St James Park within the next few days.

Hendrick turned down a new contract with Burnley and didn’t appear for them when the league restarted.

The Republic of Ireland international has not played since March though it seems he has been keeping fit thanks to help from his brother who is a strength and conditioning coach.

Hendrick will become the club’s second summer signing after Mark Gillespie, also a free agent, joined the club last month.