Perez And Mitrovic Both Start At Southampton


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Rafa Benitez has just announced the side for the game this afternoon at St. Mary’s against a good Southampton side, where we really need pick up something from this game – and hopefully a win – although that looks a tough ask.

Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic come back into the side and they replace Check Tiote and Papiss Cisse who both drop down to the bench.

There is no Fabricio Coloccini even on the bench today although Paul Dummett is in the 18 man squad but Vurnon Anita is again at left back where he had a torrid time last week.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Chancel Mbemba, Vurnon Anita; Jonjo Shelvey (c), Georginio Wijnaldum; Andros Townsend, Ayoze Perez, Moussa Sissoko; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

Coloccini has now been out seven weeks with that calf injury he picked up during the warm-down in southern Spain after the 2-1 win against Lillestrom – and as far as we know he’s fit and been training all week.

It looks like Gini will be in central midfield with Jonjo Shelvey and it’s Ayoze Perez who may be in the number 10 role.

Gabby Obertan is on the bench so maybe he’s showing some good form in training and when he’s in form he can set up the chances from the wing.

The defense must be stronger than we were last week when we conceded three poor goals including that killer in the 3rd minute of stoppage time that had Norwich gain a full 3 points on us.

Two of the players we signed in January are not even on the bench – Seydou Doumbia and Henri Saivet – so that doesn’t say too much about our January acquisitions.

This is what Rafa has said about having more options now than when he joined Newcastle four weeks ago:

“We have Mitrovic scoring goals and Ayoze Perez is doing well,” “The good thing is that we also have Papiss Cisse back and he was good the other day so we have the quality. But this gives me a problem because I have to decide who to play.”

“Before, Papiss was injured and I couldn’t choose him but now he’s another option and the competition for places in this area is good for the team.”

“When people ask why certain players are not playing it is a positive because at least I have this option. I’m very pleased with the way Ayoze, Mitrovic, Papiss, Emmanuel Riviere and Seydou Doumbia are competing for places at the moment.”

“I’m really pleased with Mitrovic every day, not just when he came off the bench. In training he is doing very well and giving it his all.”

“But it wouldn’t be fair to single him out because every is training well and I can guarantee that they are giving it their all. We are trying to improve every day to be ready for the next challenge against Southampton.

“The team has to improve mentally and approach the game with confidence and positivity. Hopefully if we do this against Southampton we can do well and get the result that we want.”

Only one in four fans think we can win this game today.

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We must go all out for the win but we have to put in a good 95 minutes to be able to do that.

Howay The Lads!!



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346 comments so far

  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    anita

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Taylor, Anita and Sissoko shouldn’t be starting imo

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  • AncientC

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    According to nufc.co.uk it is a 4-2-3-1; although Twitter is showing that looks more like a 4-4-1-1.

    I sincerely hope it is the latter.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Why Play Anita At LB?

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  • manxpie

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    If dummet is fit enough to be on the bench surely he should be starting plus De Jong must be absolutely shit in training Wat has to happen for him to get a chance

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  • geordie157

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #6

    think I would have chanced Lascelles at left back

    and that midfield 4 doesn’t offer that much protection

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  • AncientC

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Lascelles is our tallest CB. Btw, Pelle is playing.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    What a great derby – for a neutral.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Lascelles should be playing there is a lot of height in there team and could cost us on set plays, still sticking a flag on mitro for hatrick 66/1

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #10

    lascelles must not be impressing in training unless taylor age and experience is more vital then height?

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    is this me or rafa s selections are too Damm similar to Steve mcclaren

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  • MadisonToon

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Taylor will give commitment which is what I think Rafa is picking him on. However, I predict an early yellow from him and Lascelles on hopefully before 60.

    No matter, definitely looking forward to this.

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  • one fine day

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Mababu still knackred I take it ?

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    one fine day
    aye…possibly next week but not definite

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #15

    How Gini still gets on the pitch is beyond me I admit but I have faith in Rafa

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  • AncientC

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Pelle – 6ft 3
    Virgil van dijk – 6 ft 3 (Set piece threat)
    vs
    Mbema – 5ft 10.
    Taylor – 6ft 1.

    Busy day ahead for the CBs.

    We are going to need 3 goals to win this game.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Any decent links like lads ones where u don’t have huge nobs popping up on yi screen over and over

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #18

    need a lot of hard graft to close crosses down.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #19

    wow . Taylor and Anita get another chance to be shocking. sissoko the undroppable too. We have to pray moussa actually does something unusual like score a goal, or even better gets injured

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  • MAUTITOON

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #20

    A win for the toon today but not sure about anita’s position though.

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  • reilly

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #21
  • MAUTITOON

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #22

    And sincerely hope its a 442 formation.4231, 4411 doesn’t work for us.433 would be phenomenal.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Nice 1 Reilly cheers

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #24

    i seen today that leicester keeper has averaged just 1.25 crosses a game for leicester,shows you how hard the team works to stop crosses and defensively head the ball away.

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  • AncientC

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Southampton (4-2-3-1): Fraser Forster; Cuco Martina, Virgil van Dijk, Jose Fonte (c), Ryan Bertrand; Victor Wanyama, Jordy Clasie; Shane Long, Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic; Graziano Pelle

    Substitutes: Maarten Stekelenburg, Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez, Charlie Austin

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  • Goofy

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Anybody who is having problems with links, try this (excellent quality)

    Go here
    https://kodi.tv/download/

    Then do this
    https://seo-michael.co.uk/how-to-install-phoenix-for-xbmc/

    Once phoenix is installed

    Hover cursor over video/addons/phoenix/phoenix sports/vc events then click on the game.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #27

    not happy Taylor playing – do better than last two years -3-0 defeat and if the Mackems and Norwich wi this weekend then it is curtains.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #28

    3 foot anita to get mauled at lb again, gini to pull his greatest ever ‘invisible man’ impersonation to date, sissoko to stroll around barely able to make a simple 2 yard pass and janmaat to get caught about 50 yards out of position etc etc etc

    Same ol’ same ol’ Yawny Yawny sleepy times for the tangy one, I’m off back to my pit to dream of bygone glory days when we beat Reading and Sheff wed.

    Have a nice life people

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #29

    goofy
    vc events not working on my kodi..does it not start till a certain time or is my kodi being a tit?

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  • jimiley

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Soton 0 Toon 5. Simples

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Lascelles should be playing alongside mbemba not saylor
    Tiote rather than Shelvey should be playing in defensive midfield
    Nevertheless GO TOON

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  • reilly

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #32

    adrian sports for kodi a good one for footy.

    http://toptutorials.co.uk/kodi/Addons/

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #33

    reilly
    do you know if the match on bull dog streams mate?

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib, i’ve forgotten more about football than you will ever know you sad halfwit. Rafa got it wrong with mitro, as i clearly said pre game. The fact that he explained his choice doesnt make it a correct one. Thats why mitro is in today you silly little man. Go learn some tactics. moving on from the halfwit jib, i think we can get something today. Not sure i wud have chosen wiji who has done little in recent times besides the cross for the goal v makems. Come on rafa, 90 mins please.

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  • Goofy

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Springy

    Must be your end. I just watched the West ham v Arse, worked perfect.

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  • reilly

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #36

    yeah they have it listed.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #37

    springy

    i just watched hammers match in vc events on phoenix
    normally go live 5 mins before kick off

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  • manxpie

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Lacelles should be in for mbemba who was shocking last week in fact has been for a while

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  • Goofy

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Springy

    Yeah it’s usually about 5-10 mins before kick off.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 9, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Stream

    http://www.starsports.com/football/livescores/index.html

    If It Doesnt Work Use Indian VPN

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