Diame Makes His Debut – Shelvey, Mbemba, Aarons Start


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Rafa Benitez has just named the Newcastle starting eleven for the important game against Huddersfield Town this afternoon and he gives a debut to Mohamed Diame and also Chancel Mbemba returns to the side to partner captain Jamaal Lascelles at center-back.

But Matt Ritchie is on the bench and that’s probably rotation from Rafa – and Matt will be back against Reading on Wednesday night.

We should probably get used to maybe at least three changes when we are playing two games a week and we have five games over the next two weeks.

Newcastle(4-2-3-1): Matz Sels; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Paul Dummett; Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey; Vurnon Anita, Mohamed Diame, Rolando Aarons; Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Ciaran Clark, Jack Colback, Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong

It’s the usual 4-2-3-1 formation and Ciaran Clark is on the bench and the former Villa man could even get a run out depending on how the game is positioned in the second half.

Having Shelvey and Diame in the side will give us a lot more power and a lot more creativity up front than we had against Fulham in our first game and Sissoko as expected – is not included in the squad.

We must win our home games this season.

This is what Rafa has said about today’s game:

“Because of the fans, because of the stature of our Club, we know that every game will be more difficult.”

“But if you want to go up, you have to adapt to these situations.”

“We know that Huddersfield will give everything, so we have to do the same and hope that we are better than them.”

“We know that we have to improve from Fulham and the main thing is make sure that every time we are improving a little bit and that we are much better.”

“Then, we can approach games with the confidence that we can win.”

17 in 20 fans think we will win this game this afternoon.

Hope so.

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367 comments so far

  • colwell

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Anita at RM again ffs Sissoko not even on bench why not play Janmaat RM and Anita rb he was our worst player last game.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Quite like how most of the under performing players have been dropped for other players although shame Richie is not starting ahead of Anita!

    Would not surprise me to see Diame on the wing as he has played on the right a few times

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Surprised richie is dropped to the bench. Maybe he is saving him for mod week?

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  • expatmag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Strange decision to drop Ritchie who was our best player last week.

    No Hanley in the 17 either……interesting

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  • msk21dec

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Better team than last week but id have anita rb and ritchie right wing. Never liked janmaat

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Ritchie has a slight injury.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    If Sissoko or Ritchie were playing instead of Anita, the team would look a lot stronger. Glad that Hanley isn’t playing, too many hoof balls from him so far.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Need Shelvey to hit some decent through balls – clearly pace in the attack but no “muscle”.

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #9

    same old same old

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    How is that a better team. Take 3 players out and it’s all out defend ffs.
    Rafa has to change his principles for his formations, especially at home.
    Again where is the creativity in the line up ??

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  • Blofal

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #11

    It looks more like a 4-3-3 to be honest.

    ———————Selz
    Janmaat – Mbemba – Lascelles – Dummett
    —–Hayden —- Shelvey —- Anita
    ———–Diame———Aarons
    ——————–Gayle

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  • expatmag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12

    JAMESTOON

    Pardon my ignorance but who is Alan Biggs?

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  • expatmag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #13

    TUFF

    If Ritchie has an injury, why is he even named on the bench then?

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  • Spoof

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    This may sound a bit ott, but I hope Anita gets injured as he is a handicap to us but for some reason he seems to be a Rafa favourite, why do manager’s have to have favourites, Pardew with Gouffran was bad enough but if we have Anita being Rafa’s then that is even worse.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen a team with FOUR defensive midfielders playing.
    Remember Pardew saying we were going to go all out for the win against Liverpool at home, he then played three DM’s and we lost 6-0

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  • Spoof

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Blofal

    It looks like a 4-2-3-1 to me with Anita on the right wing, hopefully he and Janmaat will swap places as Janmaat cannot defend but he does attack and ask questions whereas Anita always takes play backwards and offers very little going forward, I doubt that it will be the case but if Anita is RB and DJ is RW then for me we would be stronger.

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Expat

    This talk sport guy,

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  • Blofal

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Well I really rate Aaron Mooy for Huddersfield (being a Melbourne Heart fan myself) so I can understand the extra defensive midfielder 😛

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Is it verified that Ritchie is injured?

    Still like to see Gamez in for Dummet, especially at home. Just for the fluidity in attack.

    Anita better not be on the RW.

    Hanley must be pissed off! His defensive partners mistake for the goal and he gets dropped completely.

    Howay Shelvey, prove your doubters wrong and command the game along with Diame.

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Nahki wells starting for Huddersfield, need to watch out for him he’s got a lot of pace

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  • Colos love child

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #21

    no streams I assume will radio Newcastle work on t’internet

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  • expatmag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #22

    SPOOF

    Dont be silly. Wishing injury on our players is a disgrace. You should be ashamed.

    Anita is a tidy little player but probably more adept at full back. He has never complained and just got on with his job. Pity Sissoko didnt have Anitas attitude

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  • Blofal

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Spoof I get what your saying but last game Colback was the worst for that. He didn’t win the ball back once and didn’t play a forward pass for the entire game.

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #24

    expat
    You know Mr Tuff personally
    You must know he often bluffs/guesses
    Sometimes he gets lucky and looks itk
    😀

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Oh dear rafa had a huge love of rotation at liverpool partly because of his love of playing with tactics. Ritchie must be fit if on the bench. Anita?? Like him but rafa loves him. At least shelvey is in but he needs to up his game. Despite nearly a full team being purchased we still lack a winger and a striker. I reckon diame is an inspired signing. If sissoko aint sold ritchie might be in trouble. Strange team from Rafa, again.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Can’t please everyone I suppose

    Ritchie is hurt so Rafa isn’t risking him, not sure why sissoko isn’t there instead or Anita or Perez I suppose but the best thing about our club right now is Rafa so I will be behind him

    I reckon 2-0 win if TonyToon pops up

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Ritchie had a knock didnt train for some days.

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  • expatmag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #28

    JAMES

    OK…I am in Australia so not up with journalists over there. Probably all speculation though.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #29

    I just hope that our tactics are more attack minded than what they were last week, the team selection is once again very conservative but hopefully the tactics aren’t, delighted that Aarons is playing mind as he could be a real boost for us when trying to break them down.

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  • Pat On The Heed

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Spoof. Hoping players of your own team get injured because of a bad performance? You think that might be ‘a bit off’ ????

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #31

    If ritchie has a light muscle injury that makes more sense. An early goal would help no end.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #32

    I am against Anita too. But am happy for Aarons and Shelvey. Ritchie will be in Next game so am ok with that. Anita will go to the bench.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Expat, pity Anita doesn’t have Sissoko’s talent!

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  • expatmag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #34

    JIB @ 24

    Aye….but you beat him by miles in those stakes

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  • expatmag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #35

    SUTTY

    Pity Sissoko didnt use it

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  • Spoof

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #36

    expat

    No shame mate, he and Colback are dreadful and do nothing to help our course but if for some reason they continue to get picked then I hope for a helping hand, get them out of the team, I don’t care how it happens just get them out so we then have a better side, why feel shame for wanting that.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Anita was the only player who got his crosses in to a player last game.

    Seems like the old Liverpool 4-5-1 formation that Rafa had there,it converts to his style of play with 4-2-3-1 in attack and/or 4-1-2-2-1 or flat 4-5-1 in defence.

    Does anyone do their research on Rafa before he joined?

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  • Colos love child

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #38

    right guys stuck in middle of nowhere with internet but no radio signal anyone know if I see or hear match anywhere

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  • expatmag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #39

    SPOOF

    Wishing injury on our own players no matter who they are just shows to me that you are not much of a fan.

    Maybe you should attend Mr.Tuffs ladies wrestling forum for your sporting entertainment in the future

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  • Jammydodger

    Aug 13, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Why is it the premier league has a multi billion pound tv deals and coverage of every match yet the championship records one match per fixture, surely there is money to be made broadcasting championship matches even if only accessible online on Nufc tv . . . . . . .

    Anyone got any streams?

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