This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Team Against Swansea


Rafa Benitez in his press conference was as confident as ever but he still has some defenders missing.

Not available through injury are Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Daryl Janmaat. and apparently Colo had a reaction in training earlier ion the week and will not be available for tomorrow – so that’s 8 weeks he’s been out with that calf injury and we have picked up just one point in those games.

The captain’s  fitness will be monitored for the next game – although its difficult to see him being available for Tuesday night and Manchester City – another tough game.

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Fab Coloccini – been out 8 weeks

Dummett is back but we will have another patched up defense not for the first time this season – and if Rafa does decide to stay on Tyneside we can expect to see some defenders to be brought in this summer – thank goodness!

We may even be able to stop the other side scoring next season?

Jack Colback is back from suspension and Rafa could play his best players tomorrow and hope star men like Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum show some life – for a change.

Here’s a possible starting line-up:

Darlow
Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
Shelvey (c)  Sissoko
Perez Wijnaldum Townsend
Mitrovic
Subs: Woodman Sterry Colback Tiote de Jong Cisse Obertan

We need the win and fans are equally divided on whether we will win or lose.

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74 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 15, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Drop Gini and Perez for Obertan and SDj.

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  • Goofy

    Apr 15, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #2

    4-4-2 for me

    Sissoko Mbemba Lascelles Dummett

    Townsend Shelvey De Jong Perez

    Mitro Cisse

    We’ve played with 2 defensive midfielders most of the season and have the 2nd worst defensive record in the league, it’s time to use Keegans tactics, if they score 1 we’ll score 2.

    We are basically down already, unless our luck takes a massive turn, as in we win all of ours and Norwich and the Scum lose all their’s.
    We need to throw caution to the wind and just go for it.

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  • Patoon

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Christ ed wtf r u on, u say every week is this our best team and u name wijnaldum and sissoko every time, we might as wel play with 9 players as play with them 2

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  • jane

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #4

    we can stay up. starting with a win tomorrow.

    think Sunderland beating Norwich is better than a draw.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Doesn’t matter what team Benitez puts out, he has not got the balls to drop sissoko and Gini, play two youngsters who have got more energy and passion than those two clowns, sissoko wants to play champions league football, yeah right, he would struggle in the championship nevermind champions league.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #6

    I can see the headlines after the match tomorrow.

    1-0 WIN FOR NEWCASTLE, SHELVEY WITH A STUNNING FREE KICK

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Pant…pufff.wheeeeze….this running down…puff…blahhhh….of my contract…….ooofff….never seems to….blahhh pufff…end….wheeeeeeze…

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  • Harley

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #8

    My team for tomorrow assuming janmaat, Taylor and colo are out.

    Darlow

    Sissoko, mbemba, lasc, dum

    Shelvey, colback

    Townsend, siem, winaldum

    Mitrovic

    They need to not give up and believe they can avoid the drop irrelevant of what happens at Carrow road. Stranger things have happened.
    If we lose tomorrow and Norwich win I think we can assume it’s over.

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  • Harley

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #9

    I see a few people throughout the day saying they’d like a draw at Carrow road.
    Me personally am praying for a Sunderland win. I feel disgusting even saying it but if we win too it levels it all up.

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  • AndyMac

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Is it worth worrying about Colo as part of our defence as he wont be here at the end of the season and what he provides, when fit, isnt worth having ?

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  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #11

    If Rafa really on £4.5m a year and it’s deigned that he can’t or won’t be affordable then Ashley’s dafter than I’d imagined.

    There’s hundreds of millions available by being in the Prem and surely it makes sense to invest Rafa’s wages, those of his staff and pay for decent players.

    It seems to me that Ashley’s not going to sponsor the Club personally, hence arranging for SD to pay for its ground advertising and try to attract revenue from other advertisers.

    But to gain from advertising, there must be exposure and how’s that going to be maximised? By taking whatever league we’re in by the scruff of the neck, by being successful.

    And how cam the Club be successful? By appointing someone like Rafa who commands respect and bring much expertise, much vision to it and undertake a thorough overhaul of its rotten structure. Could Gary Monk be that man? No chance.

    Letting Rafa go would mean that Ashley’s foregone an opportunity to rebuild the Club and take it forward.

    Now is the time when substantial investment’s needed and Ashley could start by getting rid of the clowns who’ve done Ashley’s bidding over the years.

    So, Gary Monk and his like, no thank you.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Love the idea if dropping Gini for the home game against Swansea. Yes drop our top scorer this season…..all of his goals have come at home so drop him for this home game rather than playing him further forward where he can get in the box and score…..excellent thinking by Patoon, Hail Wor Ashley and Goofy. Unbelievable!!

    Sissoko and Gini get scapegoated a lot, some of it justified but let’s not forget the others, on current form no one in our side deserves to get slated more than any other player!!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Our Toon

    He’s done nothing in a long time. At first it was just away, but the last few months he’s disappeared completely. At least when Sissoko is crap he’s visibly so and you can point to why he’s crap through his participation.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #14

    And Welsh included in that list, let’s hope the players have learned how to cross and hopefully Shelvey learns it’s more about the team than 80 yard Hollywood passes. We got no points for him attempting them type of passes. Janmaat out injured is a blessing. Normally I think we’ll lose but tomorrow I have a felling victory is on the cards. Agree with the other poster that a win for the mackems is better for us

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Top scorer yes but only home games, how about scoring away from home, just a thought like, if had my way i drop them all apart from mitrovic.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Hail Wor Ashley

    Yes he’s done nothing for months, let’s not forget more recently he’s been playing as the holding midfielder. He may not have done much for months but still leads the scoring charts!! In a team that seriously lacks goals, a few of you are suggesting to drop our leading scorer from midfield….and he’s leading by some distance!! The mind boggles really does on that one!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Our Toon

    He’s done sweet fa last couple of games.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Welsh

    Who would you play if you dropped him? Last time I checked we play Swansea at home not away. So begs the question why you’d want to drop a goalscoring midfielder when he’s scored all his goals at home. Drop him for the likes of SDJ as well, if that lad had scored his header against villa, which was easier to score than miss, we’d be 2 points better off.

    Gini may not have scored of late but he does create when further up the pitch, his cross led to mitros goal against the scum…..assists must not count now either. Anyway it is what it is!!

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  • reilly

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #19

    haha welsh the joy of supporting 2 clubs.
    fkin rolls eyes in disbelief.
    rolls eyes further back that a swansea fan is on a newcastle bloog every day.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Just like other new signing shelvey.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #21

    reilly

    So you are coming up with he supports two clubs, why do you care, doesn’t bother others on here.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Welsh

    He’s done sweet FA last couple of games…..great, tell me who has done something?

    Townsend is the reason we lost to Norwich, instead of playing it to Perez who was better place for a cross, he decided he’ll try it himself to cross from a shite angle, they broke and scored…..massive points to give away.

    The point is you are on your high horse about dropping Gini but who’s the replacement for him? His goals alone are the reason we aren’t relegated…..take them goals away and we are down!! Any suggestions for a like for like replacement and I’m all ears.

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  • Spacepyramids

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Goofy

    I’m with you on the 4-4-2
    Live to fight another or go down down fighting with a bit of flare.

    Personally, there are times when I feel I’m getting close to not giving a FF anymore; but realistically the club means too much to me …
    Come on lads – pull something out of the bag!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Our Toon

    Has he scored or created in the last couple of games, in fact when was the last time he did either of them.

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  • reilly

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #25

    welsh who would you be rooting for if it come to the last game of the season and it was between newcastle and swansea for the drop.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Swans are safe.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Welsh

    Sunderland at home; Leicester away when he put mitro through and sissoko crashed into mitro. Since then he’s mainly played the holding role deep.

    BTW townsend, hasn’t got us point in a game he’s scored in or assisted….off the top of my head….I’d take gini ratio of getting crucial points for us over contributing for zero points

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  • reilly

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #28

    haha dipshit.answer the question its not hard.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Didn’t win any of those games though.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #30

    If i said Newcastle you wouldn’t believe me, nice try in putting me on the spot with the question.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Welsh

    Didn’t say we did win them games and that wasn’t your question. We did pick up a point though against the scum…..more than what any goal or assist townsend has provided to the overall cause.

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  • reilly

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #32

    you really are a thick shit.
    i dont have to put you on the spot the blog knows you are a swansea supporter.
    fk sake have some self respect.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Ask a stupid question, then you will get a stupid answer.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #34

    I will break it down for you so someone like you might understand it.

    I support Swans and i follow Newcastle, there was that easy for you.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Perhaps drawing a picture might help.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Darlow
    Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett

    That isn’t an EPL standard defence, with the exception of Mbemba, who himself has been less than the required level since returning from injury.

    I usually err on the positive, but its hard to see a bright side unless these players can lift their natural game to something collectively much more than its individual parts, as if taking 12 points from our last 6 games wasn’t unlikely enough.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Anyway I’m off, going to be another nervous day tomorrow.

    Chat to you all after the match.

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  • reilly

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #38

    troll

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Is that the best comeback line you’ve got, like i haven’t heard that before, outsiders are trolls then or is it just me, didn’t know it was against football rules.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 15, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #40

    See you later Welsh

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