Steve Bruce’s side are in the depths of a miserable run of form, having now failed to win any of their last 10 matches in all competitions, and are facing the very real prospect of a relegation battle this season. The Magpies come into tonight’s fixture seven points clear of the bottom three but have shown few signs of any sudden improvement in recent weeks, with the mood at the club continuing to sour. The return of Allan Saint-Maximin will at least provide aid to their creative struggles going forwards, though, with Bruce in urgent need of points as his position comes under increasing scrutiny.
Meanwhile, Leeds are hoping to end a minor slump of their own, with three successive defeats against Tottenham, Crawley Town and Brighton. The 3-0 FA Cup loss to Crawley was particularly chastening, but Marcelo Bielsa’s side have still performed well overall in their first season back in the Premier League, with 23 points leaving them in 12th position and at a safe distance from the struggling pack below. Follow all the action live below: