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Four Changes – This Could Be Newcastle’s Team For Norwich

12:29 pm, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

It’s always difficult to pick the side Rafa Benitez picks for each game since he rotates the squad and sometimes surprises us with his team selection.

After the performance on Saturday at Villa Park which for almost 70 minutes was very good, we’re not sure he will make too many changes for tonight’s game against Norwich City.

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Christian Atsu – could start tonight

A big question is who will Rafa start in goal and the Chronicle is saying they think he will stick with Sels.

Then Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame missed at least two chances each to score on Saturday and if they had taken those chances we would have been home and dry and before the break too.

But it didn’t happen that way – and it’s now behind us.

Here’s the team we think Rafa could pick for tonight’s game:

Darlow
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Shelvey Hayden
Atsu Perez Ritchie
Mitrovic

So there’s four changes to the side that started at Aston Villa and it may not be as many as that.

Rafa could stick with Sels in goal, but we’d be surprised if he changes the defense too much and we are assuming DeAndre Yedlin, who had a great game on Saturday, is fit after he took a knock to his ankle against Villa.

Maybe Rafa will bring a fit again Jack Colback back into the team in place of Hayden and he may even stick with Gayle and Diame to give them a chance after Saturday’s misses.

A shock change could be Cheick Tiote starting.

What would your team be for tonight?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Championship · Christian Atsu · Coaching · Match Preview · Newcastle News




27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Rafa bingo
    Darlow
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Goofy
    Gayle

  • 2 WWSBRD // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Id personally have Murphy in for Diame and play with two up top and have Lazaar in to offer more speed in defense

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Confirmed Rafa bingo line up,

    __________________ Sels__________________

    Yedlin________Lascelles____Mbemba______Dummet_Ritchie______Shelvey_____Colback________

    ___Gayle________Murphy___

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Gouffran???

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Confirmed Rafa bingo line up,

    __________________ Sels__________________

    Yedlin________Lascelles____Mbemba______Dummet_Ritchie______Shelvey_____Colback________

    ___Gayle________Murphy___

    4 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Gouffran???

  • 6 WWSBRD // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Having trouble Jail? Haha

  • 7 nut meg // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Confirmation for Rafa’s bingo Norwich

    Sels
    Yedlin M’Bemba Lascelles Dummet
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Gayle Gouffran
    Murphy

  • 8 Slank // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Jail

    Is your formation 1-8-2 or 1-7-3. ?

  • 9 neverwin // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Am I the only one tired of this rotation nonsense.
    Play a settled team for gods sake.
    Not usually a supporter of Don Hutchinson but on this issue
    I am.
    I also think Benitez devotion by Ed is way OTT.
    Some decisions by Benitez are very strange

  • 10 WWSBRD // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    neverwin
    Am more tired of having a better team on the injury table than the pitch tbh mate

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    I’ve even baffled Rafa with that formation 😀

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    nut meg,
    Snap!

  • 13 Average_Contents // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    My confirmed rafa bingo lineup.

    Sels
    Yedlin Lascelles Mbemba Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Gouffran Diame Ritchie
    Mitrovic

  • 14 MadisonToon // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Confirmed rafa bingo lineup

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    . Yedlin . Mbemba . Lascelles . Lazaar .
    . . . . . . . . . Hayden . Shelvey . . . . . . . .
    . . Ritchie . . . . Diame . . . . Gouffran . .
    . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitrovic . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Would like to also see Atsu on a wing or Gayle in the hole, but I’m hoping this is how we start. Well, I’m really hoping Darlow starts but I just don’t see it at this point.

  • 15 JAMSHA // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    ——————————–Darlow
    Yedlin————- Lascelles——-Clark—————- Dummett
    ————————–Colback- Hayden——————————
    Ritchie———————–Murphy————————– Perez
    ——————————–Mitrovic

  • 16 ToonBano // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    https://thegingerpirlo.com/2016/09/28/rafa-has-to-drop-diame-and-set-up-4-4-2-tonight/

    Has to drop Diame and go 4-4-2 with Murphy given a chance

  • 17 lesh // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    For whatever reason, I think Rafa’ll start with Darlow tonight.

    Why? For two reasons:

    He’ll want to work on Sels in training to get his confidence up after the stick the lad’s had from some of our less articulate ‘fans’ as well as supporters SAFC for example.

    And

    By now, opposing sides’ll identified Sels’ Achilles heel and play crosses to the middle of the box rather than the immediate goal area.

    Furthermore. I fancy Murphy to start with either Gayle or Goofy to give a bit height and strength in Norwich’s box.

    Other than those random thoughts, guess we’ll just have to wait and see which names (or balls) Rafa draws from the hat.

  • 18 Lindisfarne // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Bingo Bango:

    ————- Murphy
    — Gouffran – Shelvey – Ritchie
    ——– Colback – Hayden
    Dummett – Clarke – Lascelles – Mbemba
    ————- Darlow

    Primarily defensive and experienced, Norwich will be alot more organised and a greater threat throughout the match.

  • 19 mickybraham // Sep 28, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Rafa Bingo

    Sels
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran
    Mitrovic

    Subs: Darlow, Clark, Colback, Diame, Atsu, Murphy, Gayle

    Mbemba back in for pace on the counter. Yedlin will also help with this. Would like Darlow to Start as well but can’t see it happening. Would also like to see Gayle start with Mitro but the above is what I think it’ll be

  • 20 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 28, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    I see that Ed has moved on but Jail i believe wants our predictions on this thread.

    Jail Rafa bingo confirmed

    Sels
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Goufron
    Murphy

    I really wanted to pick Darlow but I think he will fielding Sels and I reckon Gayle or Mitrovic will probably be preferred to Murphy but Rafa does tend to surprise us.

  • 21 outside the box // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    jail
    My confirmed rafa bingo lineup.

    Sels
    mbemba Lascelles clark Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Gouffran Diame Ritchie
    Mitrovic

  • 22 estechco // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Confirmed Rafa bingo lineup…

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Mbemba Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Gouffran Perez Ritchie
    Gayle

  • 23 Oldgit1 // Sep 28, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo lineup

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Gouffran Perez Ritchie
    Mitrovic

  • 24 TyneMouth // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    J.f.A.

    Ragga Bingo…

    Darlow.
    Yelin. Lascelles. Grant. Dummett.
    Ritchie. Perez. Bouffant.
    Murphy.

    VIVA BENITEZ!…

  • 25 TyneMouth // Sep 28, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Yedlin, Gouffan…. even

  • 26 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Rafa bingo
    SEls
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Atsu Gayle Goof
    Mitro

  • 27 TyneMouth // Sep 28, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Raffa Bingo

    Confirmed team sheet,

    Darlow
    Yelin. Lascelles. Grant. Dummett.
    Shenley. Hayden
    Ritchie. Perez. Gouffan
    Murphy.
    VIVA BENITEZ!…




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