Newcastle are returning to St James’ Park looking to return to winning ways in a friendly clash with Atalanta this evening.
The Magpies fell to a 3-2 defeat to Benfica in the Eusebio Cup in Lisbon this week after a productive tour of Austria.
Atalanta meanwhile have racked up four dominant victories against lower-league sides during their pre-season preparations.
The Serie A club’s striker Duván Zapata is thought to be a summer target for Newcastle and fans will be keen to keep an eye on him here.
Newcastle v Atalanta: Date and start time
This pre-season friendly will take place on Friday, July 29.
Kick-off at St James’ Park will take place at 7:45pm.
Newcastle will host Athletic Bilbao tomorrow in another home friendly before their Premier League opener against Nottingham Forest.
Newcastle v Atalanta: TV channel and live stream
Newcastle fans can watch this game free of charge.
talkSPORT will have regular updates throughout the evening while talkSPORT.com will be on hand for all the post-match reaction.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
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Newcastle vs Atalanta: Team news
Jonjo Shelvey is set to miss out after seeming to pick up an injury during the defeat to Benfica.
Martin Dubravka is also sidelined meaning Nick Pope is expected to make his first start at St James’ Park since his summer move.
The same can be said of fellow new signing Sven Botman but Joelinton is suspended following his red card at the Estadio Da Luz.
Atalanta meanwhile could involve Merih Demiral after his switch from Juventus, with Luis Muriel likely leading the line.
Newcastle vs Atalanta: What has been said?
Miguel Almiron has had a tough time since his £21million transfer from Atlanta United to Newcastle in 2019, which was then a club record.
But there are signs that a more prosperous time in front of goal is coming after his brace against Benfica made it six in total in pre-season.
After the 3-2 defeat to Benfica, Eddie Howe said: “It was excellent from Miggy and he could have scored another one as well.
“So getting goals from him in good goalscoring positions was great. His finishing was excellent, his second goal in particular was a great finish.
“Miggy is such a good team player. He’s great in the dressing room and every aspect of his personality is very good.
“I am delighted to see him scoring goals and playing with confidence. I hope it is the start of a really good season for him.”
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