Is This Newcastle’s Starting Eleven For Blackburn?


Rafa Benitez rotates his squad for most games, with maybe at least three changes and we wonder what the starting eleven will be for tomorrow’s home game against Blackburn.

All games are important this season but this game is a little more special because the side is close to creating a new record for Newcastle – if we win against Blackburn it will be the first time any side has won 10 consecutive games in all competitions.

We don’t think Rafa will make too many changes from the side that did so well at Elland Road last Saturday in getting a 2-0 win against an in-form side.

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Blackburn manager Owen Coyle

But on the other hand we do have the quarter-finals of the League (EFL) Cup on Tuesday night at Hull City, so that game will come into his thinking.

This is the team Rafa could start tomorrow:

Darlow
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Hayden Shelvey
Ritchie Diame Gouffran
Gayle

The 23 year-old American DeAndre Yedlin could come in at right back for Vurnon Anita and maybe Issac Hayden will come in for Jack Colback who did well at Leeds.

Mohamed Diame could get a start in the withdrawn striker role behind Dwight Gayle in place of Ayoze Perez, who showed last Saturday he’s still in great goal-scoring form and surely will start this game in front of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

And we think Rafa will resist the temptation to give former Blackburn captain Grant Hanley a start against his former club.

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15 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Confirmed Rafa bingo line up
    Darlow
    Yedlin. Lascelles. Clarke. Dummet
    Ritchie Shelvey Hayden.
    Actually I’m going to wait on any news on Shelvey!!

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    If we get ahead nice and early I want to see us prove we can keep the boot on their neck. I know it’s Rafa’s way not to go for the kill but too many times we have started to sit back, consolidate and let teams come back into it. Then we have struggled to shift back up the gears when needed and ended up clinging on sometimes!
    Hey, not complaining, I’m loving our season. But if there’s another level to reach, for me that is it.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Wow that’s confidence JfA, starting with 8? 🙂

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  • Bambams

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Ritchie Hayden Shelvey Gouffran
    Perez
    Mitro

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  • firebug666

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Confirmed Rafa bingo line up

    Darlow

    Anita—–Lascelles—–Clark—–Dummet

    Shelvey—–Colback

    Richie—–Diame—–Gouffran

    Gayle
    ————————–
    3-0 win for the Toon

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo line-up:-

    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Gayle

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Snap, firebug!

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  • firebug666

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Ron

    Copycat 😀

    Or is it a case of GMTA?

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #9

    firebug

    I think I’ve doomed you this week!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Rafa should really be rotating the pack and leave Shelvey, Gayle , Colback , Clark and Lascalles out of this game as we should win this with whatever side we put out but against Hull I want to see our strongest possible 11!!

    We have a few players a yellow card away from suspension would be a gutter if they missed the game that could send us into a semi final !

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  • Budge123

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Darlo
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Ritchie Shelvey Hayden Atsu
    Diame
    Gayle

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  • firebug666

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Ron

    Not at all, I can fail perfectly well all by myself, however you can have 5 points this week, whilst I will take five plus the bonus points for the correct score.

    ………………..I hope!

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  • Budge123

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Forgot to put – confirmed Rafa Bingo Bango.

    4-0 to Toon

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  • firebug666

    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Not ignoring anyone but gotta go back later.

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  • SPRINGY

    Nov 25, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    confirmed rafa bingo line-up
    ——————————–darlow———————————
    yedlin————-lascelles———-clark————-dummet
    ———————-colback——–shelvey———————–
    ritchie————————diame—————————atsu
    ———————————gayle———————————
    i’ve not had much luck at rafa bingo,so i apologise to any player i pick if it means u lose your place!!lol

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