Anita, Colback, Perez and Gayle All Start At Leeds


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Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team to play at Elland Road today against Leeds United in what will be a real test of this Newcastle side in front of a sell-out crowd.

Rafa has made 4 changes to the side from last time out against Cardiff City.

Newcastle: Karl Darlow; Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Jack Colback, Jonjo Shelvey; Matt Ritchie, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez; Dwight Gayle.
Substitutes: Matz Sels, DeAndre Yedlin, Chancel Mbemba, Isaac Hayden, Mohamed Diame, Christian Atsu, Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Dwight Gayle returns up front with Mitro on the bench and in comes Vurnon Anita at right back – one we expected.

Local lad Jack Colback is in partnering Jonjo Shelvey in central midfield in place of  Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez beats out Diame for the withdrawn striker role behind Gayle.

It’s a good team with a very strong bench that Rafa may need in the second half depending on how the game goes.

This is what Rafa has said about an in-form Leeds United side prior to the game today:

“They are doing well, we are doing well, there will be a lot of fans in the stadium and I think it will be a massive game for everyone.”

“It is the kind of game you want to play in and you want to win.”

“They are in form, like us, and it will be very tough. I think it will be an interesting game.”

“I think Garry Monk is doing really well,” “At Napoli, we played against Swansea, and we beat them 3-1 in our stadium and drew 0-0 away.”

“Both games were very difficult.”

“I could see what he was doing there, and I can see what he is doing now.”  “He is a good manager, a young manager and he is growing.”

Three fans in five think we can win this game today, which is not high compared to recent games.

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Howay The Lads!!

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219 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Be surprised if anybody guessed that right.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Action new thread. 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Damn you Perez and Gayle. I would have won god dammit!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Pace and power throughout the bench.

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  • Blofal

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    That’s a strong bench!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    10 out of 11, I was certain Mitro would play. I think there are winners Jail.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7

    9 out of 11. Stupid bloody game anyway!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Who made this stupid game up anyway lol

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Or Hail even.

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  • Legolas

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    9/11 your right jail it is a stupid game. Lol.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #11

    just a bit of fun chaps. 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    9 out of 11 ain’t bad

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  • Dennis Twice

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Just to put things into perspective, how many of that bench would Leeds want starting in their team?

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15
  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16
  • Clematis

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Only got 8 out 11!

    Team set up for the counter-attack whereas I would love us to take it to Leeds.

    However, in Rafa we trust and I’m going for 2-0 to us 🙂

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #18

    On about ‘Rafa Bingo’ interesting article in the Observer sports section on today’s game and RAFA’s rotation system by Isaac by Hayden.

    “the big difference with rotation everyone’s on their toes, There’s a lot of competition for places, everybody’s fresh, working hard in training

    Also that Hull who were running away with the league blew up last February/march due to the players who’d played every/most games Tuesday and weekends all season hit a brick wall “they’re were knackered”

    Pity Mitro is not playing as he is in a rich vein of form

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  • firebug666

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #19

    9/11 must try harder.

    Going for a 2-0 win today.

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20

    9 out of 11!

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  • Bambams

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Had a great day yesterday watching the Rugby. …

    Out soon to the local for the match and I am nervous. No matches are easy and each team can beat anyone on their day.

    I honestly think this is a huge game, win here and most clubs will be trying for second place . We will be in a great position.

    Will be a very difficult game and I won’t jinx by trying to predict.

    Enjoy you lot – I hope

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  • Mag52

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #22

    10 out of 11. I’ll take that. Got Anita wrong.
    Close, but no cigar.

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  • martoon

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #23

    When you think about it what Rafa has done is put players on the bench who’ve had a long mid-week flight back i.e. Diame, Mitro, Yedlin – Rafa tends to rotate Colback & Hayden anyway and I can’t remember if Hayden played for the under 21’s.

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  • toon kk

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Looking forward to a good game today.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Charley

    6 of the starting 11 have started in most of the recent games. You could add Ritchie and Gayle but for injuries to make it 8. More or less.

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  • clinath@ed

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d have been better off, trying to pick the Leeds side.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Hard on Mitro but right decision imo we are a better team with Gayle starting

    Not sure on Perez but it’s a problem position for us

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  • firebug666

    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    WWSBRD

    I agree marra, maybe Rafa will sort out the No10 in January.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Rafa has picked all the players that werent involved in internationals and long travelling. The likes kf Anita Perez Gayle Colvack and Gouffran shoukd be very fresh

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #31

    3-1 the toon, bingo bonus.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #32

    I think Rafa doesn’t trust Mitro’s temperament, therefore he will always be behind Gayle.

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  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Bobby Bee
    Was right
    Elland Road full of Leeds fans with bright new shiny scarves fresh out of the wrapper.
    😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #35

    As much as Rafa talks about every member of the squad being important, it’s pretty clear he rates Lascelles and Clarke over Hanley and Mbemba.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Anybody caught a glimpse at Gayles new teeth yet?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Jibberish,
    Just shut up will you!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Only a few minutes to KO time to settle down in front of the TV.

    HWTL HWTF HWTR(AHH) HWTBRS

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #39

    10/11 Mitro~ Perez = Bugger!

    Come on Nobby Gayles – show us your teeth!

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  • reilly

    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #40

    come on the toon

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