This Could Be Rafa’s Starting Eleven Against Owls


It’s always very difficult to know what Rafa’s starting line-up will be for every single game, but it may be even more difficult right now after Jonjo Shelvey has been suspended for five games.

Who will replace him is a good question and for this game tomorrow against the Owls,  if Jack Colback is fit we think he will come in for Jonjo and partner the impressive young Isaac Hayden – an England U21 International – in central midfield.

But it looks like Jack may not make the game because his injured eye could still be troubling him and if that’s the case Rafa could switch Vurnon Anita to central midfield and the very capable DeAndre Yedlin could  come in at right back.

Vurnon Anita – switched to central midfield?

Rafa could also bring in Cheick Tiote for a shock start, although if Jack is out we think Cheick will at least be on the bench.

Rafa will play a strong side tomorrow night to try to get all 3 points against Sheffield Wednesday.

Here’s the team we think he will start:

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

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14 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 25, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Merry Christmas to Ed and everyone on the blog.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #2

    My Rafa Bingo,
    Same as Ed’s
    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
    Anita Hayden
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Gayle

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 25, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail

    Ditto, copied and pasted yours. 😉

    My Rafa (all hail him) Bingo,
    Same as Ed’s
    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
    Anita Hayden
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Gayle

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 25, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Repost of my seasonal message to the wonderful blog (mainly) happy family. Despite the siblings occasional spats. 🙂

    Seasonal greetings to all of the people on the blog.

    I know it gets tense at times on the blog but it’s seldom boring.

    We’ve had our set backs over the years but it finally looks we are genuinely on the up.

    Here’s to a shiny new future for our team, cheers.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 25, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #5

    so I will re-post my Rafa bingo from earlier to make it easier for Jail to add my points on. 😀

    firebug666 // Dec 24, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    I would like to wish each and everyone of you a very happy Christmas, and offer my best wishes to you all for 2017, may it be a year of health, wealth and happiness, and yes that includes you Jib and Welshie, good will to all men.

    Now let’s get on and win this league.

    Confirmed Rafa bingo lineup……….best guess!

    Darlow

    Yedlin—-Lascelles—-Clark—-Dummet

    Diame—-Hayden

    Richie—–Perez—–Gouffran

    Gayle

    Think it will be a tough game this, and we will have to soak up a bit of pressure. think we will win it but it will be tight so I’m going for 2-1 HWTL.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 25, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    First things first. Merry Christmas to one and all. Every single one of you.

    Bingo.

    Darlow
    Yedders Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Anita Hayden

    Ritchie Diame The Gouff
    .
    Gayle

    3-0 home win. HTL

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 25, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Ffs whatever we do don’t put Anita in centre midfield!!!

    Rafa bingo

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Diame Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran
    Gayle

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 25, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Merry Christmas everyone, going for a 1-0 win tomorrow

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Bobbybee,
    If that team comes in there’s going to be a few winners

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  • Australian Pie

    Dec 25, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa Bingo (First go)

    Darlow
    Anita-lascelles-Clark-dummett
    Ritchie-Diame-Hayden-goufrann
    Perez
    Gayle

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    5-0 for my bonus three

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  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Dec 25, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Darlow
    Anita-Lascelles-Clark-Dummett
    Ritchie-Tiote-Colback-Goufrann
    Diame
    Gayle

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 25, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #13

    3-1 For my bonus score.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 25, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail, true enough but I think the team pretty much picks itself. But then, Rafa does have a habit of messing up my choice so I hope I’ve not jinxed everybody. I was looking for an alternative but unless he changes things completely I think I’m looking at ten again – at least. A change of tactics could see him go with Ritchie and Atsu, with Mitro up front but why would you drop Gayle on this run? Wouldn’t make much sense imo.

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