Anita, Atsu, Diame and Gayle All Start At Rotherham


Rafa Benitez has just named his team for the game at Rotherham United today and he has recalled Anita at right back in place of American DeAndre Yedlin and Dwight Gayle keeps his place in the side after his hat-trick on Wednesday night – it looks like there are only two changes.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback; Christian Atsu, Mo Diame, Yoan Gouffran; Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Matz Sels, DeAndre Yedlin, Chancel Mbemba, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, Aleksandar Mitrovic

Christian Atsu gets his chance with star player Mat Ritchie taking a rest on the bench for this game.

This is what Rafa has told his players because this game is potentially a banana skin if we don’t concentrate and think it’s going to be an easy win:

“I told our players about what people were saying after the Queens Park Rangers game when we played Wolves.”

“People said we had to win the next one easily.”  “So that’s a good experience from recently for us.”  We don’t underestimate our rivals.”

“We have watched clips and videos, this is a good team with good strikers. They are making some mistakes but they still aren’t a bad team.”

“With their fans behind them they can be dangerous. So we have to makes sure we go there and are prepared for a tough game.”

Nine fans in ten think we will win this game so if we don’t it will be a massive let-down.

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234 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Missed it by miles – again!

  • Kebabacus

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    From the BBC live text:

    ”By the way Georginio Wijnaldum is playing is this match.

    Liverpool’s summer signing seems to have barely had a touch on the ball.”

    Gini up to his old (disappearing) tricks again.

  • Goofy

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    StreamHD works good in Zemtv as well.

  • JDdubai

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Like Atsu playing.
    Worried that our Yedlin/Ritchie partnership is gone
    diame needs a break, been poor last few games
    Would prefer Mitro for diame, have Gayle buzzing around him and dropping into the hole when we lose possession.
    Dont think we need 2 CBs on the bench -would prefer Perez there.

  • JDdubai

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry that seems more negative than was meant…

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7


    I thought Diamé would have been ‘rotated’ too. And Perez didn’t even make the bench.

  • Small World

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa reads the #RafaBingo entries sees few if any have gone for Anita or Diame and thinks “hmmmm… I know what I’m going to do”

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Diame deserves to be rested, but I think he’ll come good today. And besides there isn’t any other attacking midefielders in our squad. I’m a bit surprised to see DeYedlin dropped. Colback and Dummet need to show something today.

  • firebug666

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Well we have a hell of a bench to change things if needed.

    Looking forward to seeing Atsu start see what he can produce.

  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #11

    You would think he would give Perez & Mitro another shot together. Looks like a negative team selection, Colback, Anita, Diame are all the defensive selections in their positions, had hoped Rafa would let them loose today but seems to be going even safer against the worst team in the league.
    Bench selections are also odd, only two remotely attacking subs, you would think either Perez or Smurphy would be on there.
    We will probably score six now….

  • BandB

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    I thought Anita would start. He’s one of Rafa’s key players.
    My only wonder was whether he would move him alongside Shelvey ( as neither Colback nor Hayden have staked a firm claim to that spot yet) to allow Yedlin to continue. But it was always more likely that Anita would just replace Yedlin in a straight swap.
    I see Darlow got a game after all…………….
    Atsu will get game time or Chelsea will have him back.

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Gone a bit defensive to reinforce the message they missed at wolves. Watch for some attacking substitutions

  • firebug666

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Maybe Darlow is still starting as Sels may not be ready to return after the abuse he got on twitter. He will need to get his head right and concentrate on getting his confidence back.

  • expatmag

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Strange team.

    Probably a good time to rest Ritchie especially with the international break coming up.

    Diame must perform today….no second chances now

  • firebug666

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #16


    Agree on Diame, he was the weak link in the team last time out, today he will need to be the king pin in midfield, or dropped, he should have been dropped after his woeful display last time imo.

  • BandB

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Sels, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran, Diame, Gayle.

    That’s the core first 11 Rafa is revolving around.

  • NUFCPaul

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Wonder if the local village idiot will accuse me of not being a real football supporter if I mention McClaren in his pundit role again this week? Wouldn’t put it past the sly little worm.

  • Belfast

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib didn’t even get a sweat on.

    Today team : Darlow – Oops game over Jib. Better luck next time.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #20

    not sure about Diame yet like

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Can’t seem to find links for the game does anybody have any??

  • firebug666

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #22


    There are 4 on here, if they are working that is.

  • Goofy

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Anybody who uses kodi.

    Do this

    Then go to sports/Sport365live


    StreamHD works good in zem aswell.

    Watching link now, showing chelsea build up, the quality is good, hopefully they’ll change it to the Newcastle game at kick off.

  • BandB

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Diame isn’t a natural in that role, but the alternative is Perez, who has looked lighweight, makes disappointing distribution decisions and runs into brick walls. He suits Mitrovic leading the line rather than Gayle.
    Shelvey needs too much time to play there, as his first touch has been the weakest part of his game.

  • dannyhunt

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Plenty of links through android kodi box and firstrow online or google football streaming info

  • dannyhunt

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Sportsdevil on kodi showing it live now

  • toontaff2

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #27


    Mitro – Diame =what does Diame have to do wrong?
    Ritchie – Atsu = who got that? Brown envelope enquiry!
    Hayden – Colback = Let’s hope Ginger Jack does not get booked after 6 mins again!

  • Jib

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Cracking picture on Eurosport 2 Russia
    Dry day at the Nw York stadium

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Well firebug666 is the stand alone leader of the Rafa Bingo Board with a whopping five points. I never even got close today, stupid game anyway who’s daft idea was that?

  • lochinvar

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Where’s Perez in all this?
    At QPR some said he was bulked up and stronger, yet he’s still thought of as lightweight ?
    Is he injured or just in the gym doing weights ?
    Rafa’s not commented on him I don’t think …or have I missed something ?

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Anyone seen Moyes’ Sunderland line up for today? 4 CBs (2 in midfield) with all 3 CMs being defensive! I’m actually a bit shocked at how negative that is!

  • one fine day

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyone in Australia
    We are on Be in 3 via Foxtel live ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Anyone got the spreaker link pleeeeeassee!!!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Perez plays badly once out of position on the LW and gets dropped. Diame plays badly 3 or 4 in a row in his proper position and still gets a start.

    Hope he turns it on today, if nothing else be a bit more lively.

  • manxpie

    Oct 1, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #36
  • Oleg G

    Oct 1, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Perez not even on the bench.

    Why Mitro doesn’t get a start?

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Oct 1, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Looks like we’re playing Arsenal!

    Agree on Diame- been a bit disappointed with him so far.

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