Newcastle United supporter, Durim Halimi, shares his excitement as he prepares to watch his beloved team play in person for the first time in 21 years. Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, Durim developed a love for the club by watching Premier League matches on Albanian sports channels. Now, at the age of 31, he is relishing the opportunity to witness Newcastle United play in the beautiful Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Durim praises the team’s new manager, Eddie Howe, and believes that his understanding of the club’s importance to the City has brought a renewed sense of urgency and togetherness among the players. The team has already had successful friendlies in the UK and is now competing in the Premier League Summer Series in the US. Durim expects Howe to deploy a strong lineup for the match against Chelsea, with possible appearances from new signing Harvey Barnes.
Durim predicts a formation and lineup of 4-3-3, with Loris Karius in goal if Nick Pope’s status remains in doubt. The defensive line would consist of Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Sven Botman, and Dan Burn. In midfield, Bruno Guimaraes and Sandro Tonali are expected to feature, with potential playing time for Elliot Anderson. Miguel Almiron is likely to play on the right flank, and Anthony Gordon and Alexander Isak are also predicted to feature.
While Durim hopes for a victory in Atlanta, he emphasizes the importance of the team staying fit and confident for the upcoming domestic and continental season. He is grateful for the opportunity to see his beloved team in person and promises to lose his voice cheering them on.
Overall, Durim’s preview reflects the excitement and anticipation felt by fans as they eagerly await the start of the new season and the opportunity to support their team in person.