Atsu, Colback, Gayle And Perez Start Against Brentford


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Rafa Benitez has just named his side for the tough test against Brentford this afternoon at St. James’ Park and Dwight Gayle keeps his position up front as does Christian Atsu on the right wing, who was so outstanding against Rotherham last time out.

And as we had thought Ayoze Perez gets a start in the number 10 position in place of the out-of-form Mo Diame, who is on the bench.

There is also no Matt Ritchie who is not even on the bench because the news is he has taken ill – and Chancel Mbemba is not available because he has  a leg injury.

Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Karl Darlow; Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Christian Atsu, Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback, Yoan Gouffran; Ayoze Perez; Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Matz Sels, DeAndre Yedlin, Achraf Lazaar, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Mohamed Diame, Aleksandar Mitrovic

Newcastle will continue to play in the familiar 4-2-3-1 formation and the bench is extremely strong as might have been expected.

This is what Rafa has said about our opponents today:

“We have to concentrate on the next game. Brentford are a good team – they’re doing well, they’re scoring goals and they’re not conceding too many.”

“Hopefully we can play at the level we can play, and we can do well, win and enjoy two days more, because after we have another game against Barnsley.”

“I think that they play well on the counter attack, but also they score goals. They defend well, they counter attack, they play well, they pass the ball – they’re a good team.”

“Hopefully we can attack and be on top of them all the time and then created chances in this way. But I don’t see them playing so deep that they will not cope, or will not create chances.”

85% of fans think we will win this game today.

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134 comments so far

  • Legolas

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #1

    10-11. I will get it one day. Lol.

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  • Budge123

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #2

    9 right ! Not bad.
    Rain stopped.
    Come on lads lets take them apart

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #3

    A scrappy 2/1 to us.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Lets get 2 goals in the first 30 mins and then bring Lazaar on for Gouffran.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone got a feed for us in foreign climes?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Wouldn’t mind seeing us swap Atsu and Gouffran on opposite wings Atsu could then fly forward knowing Dummett will be there and Gouffran and Anita would be able to link up well

    Should hopefully then mean there is space in the middle for Perez and Gayle to strut their stuff

    Still would prefer Mitrovic in there to hold the ball up as Gayle and Perez get out muscled too easily

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Damn 6 new signings on the bench. 4 starting. Should be too strong. Nervy 3-1 win with an Atsu goal opening the scoring. They’ll peg one back when there inevitable pressure starts but we’ll react after there goal by bringing on Mitrovic who will get the other two!!

    HWTL

    P.s I saw into the future 🙂

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  • AncientC

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I would expect Diame and Mitrovic to both get game time today, I just hope Mitro gets on first. The Perez/Mitrovic partnership is a joy to watch.

    It will be interesting to see how Diame reacts to coming off the bench, I am expecting a big improvement.

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  • SA Toon

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #9

    I love the fact that I can never guess Rafa’s starting line up. Must be just as tricky for the opposition coaches. Those of you lucky enough to be at the ground today, make some serious noise. I want to hear you all the way from Johannesburg!

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  • Goromagpie

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Guys any audio streams ??

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed

    You’ve listed it as Newcastle (4-4-1-1):

    and then said

    Newcastle will continue to play in the familiar 4-2-3-1 formation.

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  • Mag52

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #12

    9 out of 11 this week. I’ll take that.
    It’s quite a challenge to second guess the manager these days.

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  • Lanzatoon42

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #13

    There you go!!! radio feed for all those people outside the uk. https://www.spreaker.com/user/onnradio/newcastle-v-brentford

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  • firebug666

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #14
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #15

    9 out of 11 I think, i’ll be amazed if any one got it right

    Legolas, good try but no cigar I’m afraid. 🙂

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  • Goromagpie

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Thanks Lanza

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    The starting XI looks physically weak and lacking in height other than the CB’s.
    Benitez says he’s not playing Mitro as he wants someone behind the striker who can offer defensive strength and then plays Perez there.
    Weedy little Colback playing certainly doesn’t help.
    I expect us to get overrun in midfield and unable to make the ball stick upfront

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  • manxpie

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #18

    he must really dislike mbemba like hasnt had a sniff since the own goal
    going for a 3-1 win today perez with a couple

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  • Dennis Twice

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • SA Toon

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Manxpie – I think Mbemba is nursing a leg injury

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  • Goromagpie

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Iam gng for a 2-0 win for us.
    Gayle and gouffran

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Dennis

    I get the feeling that’s the intention today, we need to be alert to the counterattack.

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  • manxpie

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    ah right that might explain it then cheers SA toon

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Perez will need to up his game to justify his inclusion. Not sure about Atsu. Let’s see.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Thanks guys for the links

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #26

    We’re on todays super6 lads, what have we all put?

    Ive gone 3-2 toon haha

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  • AncientC

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Perez shouldn’t find it difficult to show improvement if he is playing central, he isn’t, and never will be, a LW.

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  • Magpie Season

    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Any streams tonight? I know match is not televised but periscope?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Jibs link no go. Unless I’m doing it wrong. 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Anyone got the spreaker link please 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Might as wait to see highlights later tonight.

    Bye for now.

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  • AncientC

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Didn’t take Stoke long to get 1 past Sunderland. Oh dear.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #33
  • firebug666

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #34
  • Rafa Revolution

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Get in Clark!!!

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  • firebug666

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Get in lad

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Get in there!

    Clark has been great so far in his NUFC career.

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  • MadisonToon

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Clark making quite the name for himself lately!

    This is the beginning that we needed. HWTL

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  • expatmag

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Great start. Lets build on it

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  • Rafa Revolution

    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Get in Gayle

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