Is This Rafa’s Team For Preston North End?

It’s anybody’s guess as to what team Rafa will start tomorrow night in the EFL Cup against Preston North End at St. James’ Park in front of at least 42,000 fans.

But there are a few players the manager will want to give a start to including Matz Sels, Christian Atsu and hopefully Aleksandar Mitrovic – so we are assuming those three will be in the starting line-up.


Christian Atsu – should get a start tomorrow night

Here’s the team Rafa could start tomorrow night against the Lillywhites:

Anita Lascelles (c) Hanley Dummett
Shelvey Colback
Atsu Diame Gouffran

We have Anita rotating in for Yedlin and Colback coming in for Isaac Hayden;  Diame also takes over the number 10 role from the impressive Ayoze Perez.

And then with Sels, Hanley, Atsu and Mitrovic getting a start – that’s seven changes from the side that started against Ipswich on Saturday – that could even be too many changes?

Rafa could also draft in Chancel Mbemba for Hanley since the 22 year-old is fully fit again.

What would your team be for tomorrow night?

It’s going to be a huge upset if we don’t win against Preston since close to 9 in 10 fans think we will win this game.

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9 comments so far

  • Goromagpie

    Oct 24, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa bingo
    Anita mbemba Hanley Lazaar
    Hayden Shevy
    Atsu diame Ritchie
    Subs :darlow ,yedlin ,Clark ,tiote,Perez ,gouffran,Gayle

  • scout

    Oct 24, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Wouldn’t say huge upset this Preston side have beat Norwich and Huddersfield in there last two games.
    Bookies make them a 6/1 shot

  • Tsunki

    Oct 24, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Think it’s likely Shelvey will get a rest.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 24, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #4

    About 7 in 10 fans vote win on a blind assumption form carries indefinitely. I think it will be tight, probably even uphill from the first half if his ‘weaker’ team backfires , but hopefully Rafa will have a decent bench to safeguard this one.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #5

    My confirmed Rafa bingo line up
    Mitro Perez

  • GeordieGadgie

    Oct 24, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Result will be difficult to predict, a draw is a possibility I don’t want.

    Anyways, this formation is not valid in my opinion with due respect and why have not included Lazaar?

    Also I think either Hayden or Shelvey should be playing, Shelvey should be rested on the bench for now.

  • stephen1971

    Oct 24, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #7

    yedlin lascelles hanley dummet
    shelvey hayden
    atsu mitrovic gayle richie

  • MassiveG

    Oct 24, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #8

    That’s a bingo!
    Rest Lascelles, Shelley, Ritchie, Gayle

    Anita Mbemba Hanley Lazaar
    Hayden Colback
    Atsu Diame Gouffran

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 25, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Shelvey will be rested, Colbeck to take his place.

    Mine is similar to MassiveG above

    Anita Mbemba Hanley Dumnet
    Hayden Colback
    Atsu Diame Gouffran


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