Magpies Play 4-4-2 – Mitrovic, Perez, Mbabu And Anita Start


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Steve McClaren has named his side for the important game this afternoon against Premier League Champions Chelsea and Mitrovic starts in this game.

And with Manchester City losing 4-1 at Tottenham today, Chelsea will go all out for the 3 points this afternoon.

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Kevin Mbabu; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Florian Thauvin, Ivan Toney

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begovic; Branislav Ivanovic (c), Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta; Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Loic Remy
Substitutes: Jamal Blackman, John Terry, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Kenedy, Radamel Falcao

Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

Newcastle will play 4-4-2 for the first time this season, with Mitrovic and Perez up front, and Mbabu makes his very first start for Newcastle at left back with Haidara not fit for this game.

Sissoko and Wijnaldum will be on the wings and Thauvin drops to the bench.

This could be a good combination of Mitrovic and Perez up front for Newcastle, so we´ll see how the two young strikers combine.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about the game today:

“The last three games have not been so good.” “You can see that we’re playing too safe and not taking enough risks, we need to take risks and go for it. We have a front four capable of scoring goals but we just need to get the shackles off and we have to go for it.”

“We go into every game thinking that if we prepare right, do the right things, execute our game plan and play as I know we can, we can win any game – that’s football.”

“I don’t like the idea of clubs raising their game, why raise your game for one team and not the other?” he continued.”

“Obviously you always look at the opponent but mainly we have to look to ourselves. It’s Chelsea, it’s a big game for everyone at the Club and we need to give it our all.”

“We know they will turn the corner and move up the table because they’ve got the quality to do that and it’s about ourselves and what we want to do. If we produce our philosophy on the field, we’ll score goals.”

“We’re trying to turn things round and reinstall that belief in the players and the Club. We believe in the players and their attitude is fantastic in training – we just need to transfer that attitude and belief onto the field.”

Three out of four fans think we will lose this game today:

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We need to try to get something out of this game – or at the very least put in a good performance.

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477 comments so far

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Mbabu!!!

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #2

    442 aswell

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  • Llort muw

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Mbabu? :/

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  • beefman13

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Anita and Colback 4 fcuk sake.

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  • shearerclass09

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #5

    So playing striaght through the middle with no width, Going to be perfvect for mitro who lives of crosses, Unreal!!! bring on the slaughter HWTL

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  • firebug666

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Hopefully this will give us a little more in attack, time to be adventurous and start seeking the oppositions net.

    HWTL

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #7

    No aarons again, think we are on the road to losing him sadly. Cant see how he isnt worth a shot considering how crap Thauvin has been.

    Lets see how we go i guess.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #8

    everyone in the outfield should be capable of scoring goals ffs

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Looks better in a 433 or 4411 but Mbabu LB is scary Perdo and Hazard up for ur first league game…ah sod it how at son make urself a star

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  • Thump

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Holy christ, he’s actually gone 4-4-2. He’s ditched 4-2-3-1!

    But why Mbabu is getting his debut against Chelsea…

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  • Llort muw

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #11

    _____________Krul
    Janmaat_Mbemba_Coloccini_Mbabu
    Sissoko_Colback_Anita_Wijnaldum
    ________Perez_Mitrovic

    ??????

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  • firebug666

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #12

    A win today, lucky or not could lift us out of the bottom three, that in itself should be enough to motivate our team.

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  • toonbrother

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #13

    if we defend deep and do not leave colo exposed we stand a chance of getting a point today

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #14

    So where is Mbabu playing ? Better not be left back

    Play Mbabu at right back put Janmaat on the right wing would be a good move Colback or Anita would be better at left back

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  • beefman13

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #15

    That centre half pairing and central midfield pairing for us today is piss poor, worst in the prem by a country mile.

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  • toonbrother

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #16

    i think macca is going for a 5-3-2 today

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  • TheToonKing

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Mbabu vs Pedro/Hazard…. magnificent.

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  • Llort muw

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Wouldn’t this benefit the players more?

    _____________Krul
    Janmaat_Mbemba_Coloccini_Mbabu
    _____Sissoko_Anita_Colback
    ___________Wijnaldum
    _________Mitrovic_Perez

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  • TheToonKing

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    it’s still 4231 lads. I expect Perez to play left wing.

    Anita – Colback is criminal. Not expecting anything today other then a Chelsea comfortable victory.

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  • beefman13

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    JDDubai, Aarons hasnt signed his new contract yet, and Mclaren said today that at the moment hes still with us, he has a niggle??????? has he shite got a niggle, what a load of pony.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #21

    hope Mbabu does all of us proud today! excited to see that mclaren has trust in him to take on Chelsea. he surely must have seen something in him to allow him to take on Hazard or Pedro.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #22

    At last, the front 2 we’ve all been asking for.

    Interested to see how Mbabu copes, a bit of a sudden leap up for him.

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  • beefman13

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Ilovetoon, i hope Mbabu does well but we desperately needed the defense seriously strengthened in the summer, Mbabu should not be anywhere near a start, but good luck to the lad.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #24

    If it really is a 4-4-2 with Mitrovic and Perez playing up top then that is something that has to be commended but that would mean he’s playing Wijnaldum on the left with Sissoko on the right so I highly doubt that it’s a 4-4-2

    If we played with a diamond where Sissoko was CDM and Wijnaldum was CAM then I’d be happy with that.

    Need a bigger performance from Mitrovic where he keeps his cool. Tough game for Mbabu to step into and I’m not sure it’s the ideal game to throw him straight into – pace of Chelsea’s wingers is frightening.

    No doubt this game will also be one of the few games wherein Sissoko actually looks like a half decent footballer…

    All that said, I don’t actually think we’ll lose this game.

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  • anthc

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Sorry but mbabu shouldn’t be starting. He is gonna get a good thrashing today which will shatter his confidence. He lacked pace against sheff wed so Remy hazard will blitz him. Hope I’m wrong but today will be a painful watch. Mclarens technically had 9 games already with the cups and we are still garbage. He made a rod for his own back with that comment which suggests we got the wally with the Brolley!

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #26

    I don’t think iys 4-4-2. Mcca never has plan B. its his usual 4-2-3-1.
    ,)…………Krul
    Janmatt….Mbemba…..Colo…..Mbabu
    ……………..Anita…….Colback
    Sissko…………Wijnaldum……….Perez
    ……………………Mitrovic

    How I wish its diamond:

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Mackems are getting thrashed off Man Utd maybe we wont be bottom of the league after tonight…..

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Goals galore today, so we’ll slump to a boring 1-0 defeat.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Thing is, you get the feeling some in our team would take a boring 1-0 defeat.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #30

    I THINK JOSE IS UNDER MORE PRESSURE THAN SHTEVE TODAY

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #31

    we’ll park the bus and suffer a narrow defeat. just wait for mclaren to after that come out and say it was magnificent defensive performance and we must build on that. same old Shi*

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 26, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Colback & Anita have to be hands down the worst midfield pairing in the Premier League .

    If McLaren keeps playing those two together we deserve to go down .

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Colback needs to be dropped. He’s killing us. Game over already. We’ve got no chance with that team.

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 26, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Bet Jose’s clever plan is to get Mitrovic sent off – he’ll get lumps kicked out him.

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Sep 26, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Looks to me like it’s going to be the same old 451, Socky on the right, Anita, Colback and Wiji in a compact 3 with Perez dropping back on the left wing.

    Hope he ends up subbing one of the mid 3, bring on Thauvin and actually go at them with 2 strikers.

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  • toonking

    Sep 26, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #36

    We’re getting questionible about the formation having seen the start up appear like a 4-4-2 which makes it all the more clearer how much of a mess our transfer policy..

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 26, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #37

    This game is going to be less about performance and more about passion. If we turn up the pressure and go gung-ho for every ball and chase every lost cause then we could have a chance against this Chelsea side.

    They are considerably faster than us, they are considerably better in possession against us. You name it, they’re better than us in every way – so to get a result it won’t be a case of playing better football, it will be a case of working harder.

    Do these lads have it in them?

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Sep 26, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Pleased to see a change in formation but says so much about the club that the four midfielders are all central midfielders. Think Mbabu is a risk, he has a lot of potential but starting him against the champions could ruin him. Personally would have put Anita there and brought Sissoko into the middle.

    Mitrovic – discipline wise – is kind of in last chance saloon. If he does anything stupid today he should be ashamed and fined heavily!!!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 26, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #39

    I would rather we played:

    —————Sissoko———-Wijnaldum—————

    —Thuavin————De Jong——————Perez—

    ————————-Mitrovic—————————

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 26, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Still not great but we might score at least .

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