Is This The Newcastle Team For Blackburn?


One thing is certain tomorrow and that is that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will field a much stronger side then he started against Blackburn Rovers at home over six weeks ago when Rovers won 1-0 and ended our nine game winning streak.

Rafa made six changes to the side that had just beaten Leeds United 2-0 the week before at Elland Road.

Newcastle have not played well in the last couple of games without Jonjo Shelvey but we don’t think Rafa will make many changes for tomorrow’s game.

Mo Diame – could start tomorrow night

Here’s the side he could start against the former Premier League Champions:

Darlow
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett|
Colback Hayden
Ritchie Diame Atsu
Gayle

So there’s just one change from the side that started against Nottingham Forest and won 3-1 with Mo Diame coming in as the withdrawn striker in place of Ayoze Perez.

Both Yedlin and Atsu played well on Saturday and we expect them to keep their places.

It will be the last game for both Mo Diame and Christian Atsu before they go off to play for Senegal and Ghana respectively in the African Cup of Nations in Gabon.

We may even see former Blackburn captain Grant Hanley get a start at the back against his former club.

What team would you start tomorrow night?

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123 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Welsh

    You actually aren’t happy with rafa as our manager?!

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #2

    So pathetic, deluded and embarrassing some of the fans we have.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #3

    James
    Am not that bad eesh haha

    On topic that’s the team I’d expect but I’d maybe have Hanley or Mbemba in for Clark and Lazaar over Dummett

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #4

    So would we rather have Mitro, Murphy, Perez or Danny Graham if Gayle was injured?

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  • cyprus

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #5

    On Sammy. Bring him back, Rafa take a look at the lad. Tallest winger in the world, which is intimidating to little FBs, bags of talent, home grown. Only 24.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Is it Bingo time – Belfast I’m sure I have at least 25 points, if you could check back to last season!

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  • posada

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7

    We need more strength/stature in the side if the Forest game is anything to go by.
    I’d play Diame with Hayden in central midfield.
    I’d bring back Goufran for Atsu.
    I’d play either Murphy or Mitro with Gayle.

    A second striker could not possibly be less effective than Perez.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #8

    I haven’t checked but I take it there were no bingo winners from the Forest game.
    Mine for tomorrow
    Darlow, Anita, Lascelles Clarke Dummet Ritchie The Gouff Colback Diame Gayle

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  • lesh

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #9

    For you guys away from Tyneside, here’s an app that’ll enable you to listen to BBC Radio Newcastle……

    iRadio Player https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh5jvmh

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #10

    James

    Only his tactics, nothing else.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lacalles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Anita
    Ritchie Diame The Gouff
    Gayle

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  • Toonfan8

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #12

    JamesToon
    who are you, that if somebody has other opinion than you, you will call him like that? People are people and have their own opinion. We are here, to talk about our loved club, nobody wants bad for our club. So please stop attacking if anybody has their view.

    On S.Ameobi – no, not good enough for EPL and top championship side too, has his chance and wasnt good enough to be in the team.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa Bingo:
    Darlow
    Yedlin Lacalles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Anita
    Ritchie Diame The Gouff
    Gayle

    1-3!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #14

    toontaff22,
    I’m in the lead with 192 points so far.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Tonnfan8
    Ur defending a troll to someone who actually talks football on here. It’s not opinion vs opinion it’s a reaction to a trouble maker

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail
    U won’t get the points tomorrow as am pretty sure Rafa will put 11 players out

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #17

    toonfan8

    i dont mean to come across as “attacking” someone, but it feels like some fans just will never be happy.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #18

    15WWSBRD

    Defending a troll, what for having an opinion that some might not agree with, grow up.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #19

    With Benitez playing zonal, wouldn’t it be difficult to switch formations, as the zones that each player are carefully drilled in covering would become confused with a formation change.

    Benitez could spend his time coaching different formations into the side, but using a zonal system, he wouldn’t be able to dedicate as much time to getting his preferred system correct.

    I do not find 4-2-3-1 to be easy on the eye myself, but it is a bit of a one size fits all, and better to be master of one formation, than a jack of of them all.

    Perhaps when the sides has had more time together, and better players are brought in, a bit more flexibility could be introduced.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Only thing wrong, in my opinion, with James Toon’s comment was actually calling them fans!
    We’d all agree it is great to have different opinions, but no point a WUM stopping the flow of these opinions, spouting such crap, just for the sake of it.
    Anyone who actually believes Pardew, Pullis, McLaren or Carver are anywhere close to Rafa’s level, should seek help!

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #21

    I’d put gouffran back in the team ahead of atsu but apart from that i’d agree with eds xi

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #22

    welsh
    I am a grown up and u are a trouble making troll

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #23

    WWSBRD at 16
    Time to check into this! No wonder he is leading!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeah will like i said.

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  • Mag52

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #25

    WWSBRD

    Footballers all want to play, of course they do. That’s what rotation is all about.
    Rafa appears not to rate Mitro or Murphy. So what’s plan B should we lose Gayle for some time ?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #26

    toontaff
    Aye have to keep a keen eye on that Jail fella he’ll pull a fast one haha

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Mag52
    If Gayle gets injured it’ll be one of Perez, Mitro or Murphy

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  • Toonfan8

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #28

    I know that some opinions can be annoying, but there is no reason to attack someone. I am not in love with Rafa too, but I am not saying he is bad, he is good thing to this club, because he brought stability, but if you ask me, if I like his style, the answer is no. Am I worse fan than any other on this blog because of that? I am waiting for these next two windows and how we will perform in EPL and then I will say if he is good or bad, now its too early I think…

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  • chicousa

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Even with only 10 players listed on Jails lineup, I’m sure he will still get 5 more points! 🙂

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  • Mag52

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #30

    My team v Blackburn:

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Colback
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Gayle.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Toonfan8

    Well said.

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  • chicousa

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Rafa bingo lineup for Blackburn away

    Darlow
    Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummet
    Ritchie, Diame, Hayden, Atsu
    Gayle, Mitro
    Highly unlikely but one of these days Rafa will surprise us and start both Gayle and Mitro up top!

    Score: 1-2
    HWTL

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  • Belfast

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Ritchie Diame Colback Gouffran
    Gayle Mitrovic

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  • posada

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #34

    I don’t think we do play 4/2/3/1.
    Spurs play that.
    You need an attacking fullback with pace on each side.
    That’s not us.

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  • Mag52

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #35

    WWSBRD

    In which case we’ll have as lone striker a player who Rafa clearly doesn’t have much confidence in, unless he changes his formation, which I suppose he might.
    The alternative is to have a nippy little poacher type goal scorer brought in which wouldn’t disrupt the system the team are used to.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #36

    It has to happen at some stage

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #37

    http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/3e/e2/02/3ee2020bbea7fd24b9fae606e75e5870.jpg

    This might explain some of Welshies over assertive behaviour.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 1, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Honestly if people aren’t happy with Rafa am not sure they will ever be happy with NUFC. I mean he’s a top level manager and he likes the club enough to be in the Championship with us when he could walk into another job

    Am not sure who people think we should have instead? Rafa isn’t going to change(he’s more than proven he doesn’t need to with his CV) he is up there with the best we have ever had man

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  • chicousa

    Jan 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Belfast,
    With Jonjo out it is a good time to give a 4-4-2 a shot! Come on Rafa, give it a go!

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  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Betty
    You are a tedious pr!ck
    back off you cretin

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