Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points in Matchweek 10.
Steve Bruce's side have impressed most this season when they are set up to attack.
It can be necessary to defend in a low block with numbers behind the ball, but Newcastle are yet to keep clean sheets consistently when playing that way.
Newcastle lined up in a positive 4-4-2 formation for their first two victories of the campaign.
It is no coincidence that those matches produced their highest Expected Goals (xG) totals of the season.
|EVE||2.97||W 2-1||BHA||0.52||L 3-0|
|BUR||1.83||W 3-1||CHE||0.35||L 2-0|
|WHU||1.57||W 2-0||SOU||0.32||L 2-0|
|TOT||1.01||D 1-1||WOL||0.27||D 1-1|
In fact, the trio have only featured together for two minutes this season, in the dying moments of the 4-1 loss to Manchester United.
To get his side out of their rut of back-to-back defeats, Bruce might consider starting all of them at Selhurst Park.
|Chances created/90||Touches in opp. box/90|
Newcastle will hope to have Wilson back from injury on Friday, and they have flair players capable of creating chances for their top scorer.
It is a delicate balancing act to unleash them in a framework that does not leave the side exposed defensively.
But in order to get back to winning ways, it could be a risk worth taking.
Don't be surprised to see Newcastle adopt a bolder approach in Matchweek 10's first fixture at Selhurst Park.