Townsend, Mbemba And Lascelles All Start

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Rafa Benitez had just named his team for his home debut as the Newcastle manager against Sunderland in the local derby this afternoon and Andros Townsend, Chancel Mbemba and Jamaal Lascelles all start in what is a 4-4-2 formation.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez will be the two strikers up front.


Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Jonjo Shelvey (c), Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Henri Saivet, Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse

Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Vito Mannone; DeAndre Yedlin, Younes Kaboul (c), Lamine Kone, Patrick van Aanholt; Jan Kirchhoff; Fabio Borini, Yann M’Vila, Jack Rodwell, Wahbi Khazri; Jermain Defoe
Substitutes: Jordan Pickford, Billy Jones, John O’Shea, Lee Cattermole, Ola Toivonen, Jeremain Lens, Dame N’Doye

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)

It’s great to see Chancel Mbemba back in the side and he should make a big difference at the back.

Papiss Cisse is also back from injury and on the bench along with Manu Riviere – so Rafa is looking for goals this afternoon.

With Steven Taylor on the bench it looks like Jamaal was preferred to Taylor in central defense and Vernon Anita is dropped and it could be that Gini Wijnaldum moves into central midfield with Jonjo Shelvey, who captains the side.

This looks a very strong side, with Jack Colback, who is on 9 yellow cards, continuing at left back.

This is what Rafa has said about the game this afternoon.

“We know how big the derby is for the city and for the fans,” “It’s massive for both teams and we have to make sure we enjoy it but also give everything to win.”

“The main thing for me is the players on the pitch and the fans in the stands, because that is what makes the difference.”

“The fans are crucial for us.  At this stage we know the fans will be disappointed if someone makes a mistake but it is important that we stick together and every fan gets behind the players on the pitch.”

“They will be pushing for us to make a good start to the game and they will be important in determining how we approach the game.”

“At the same time, we need to stay strong in defense and show a bit more going forward. This game is about the players and the fans – if we have everything going well we can score goals and win this match.”

Three fans in four think we can win this very crucial game this afternoon.

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9 comments so far


    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    keep this defoe quiet and we’ll be ok


    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2

    6082 fans for win against 1073 for a loss. I dearly hope that things have changed since most of the time with a where majority of fans expected to win we seemed not to do well. JUST HOPE WE HAVE TURNED THAT CORNER.


    Mar 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #3

    A star will surely shine today.But who will that be? For me it will be ayozeee PEREZZZ

  • Malta Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Love the team he’s picked!! Shows he’s got guts!!!

  • thebionicMAG

    Mar 20, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone got a link for the match?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 20, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #6

    OMG!! Here we go Defoe to send us down. Feeling sick. And Sissoko should be nowhere near the pitch what a useless cuñt that guy is! Always loses the ball or makes all the wrong decisions.


    Mar 20, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #7

    CHEER UP.LOL.At least this is the last time we are getting beaten by sunderland.They’ll stay up while this team will continue dropping to lower divisions.ITS ALL OVER.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 20, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Sissoko at LB, could be his best position as everywhere else he sucks!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 20, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #9

    What a lifesaver there from Mitro. Phewwwff! We could have done with a win but will settle with the draw as we were second best for most of the match.


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