Rafa May Change Modus Operandi For Next Four Games

In the next four games starting at home against Bristol City this afternoon it will be interesting to see just how much Rafa rotates his team as these next four matches are crunch matches.

After Bristol City we have Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading all away from home in an 11 day stretch starting on Tuesday night.

The results of those games could determine just how easy or difficult promotion will be for Newcastle this season and we are hoping we can do (very) well in the next four games.

Rafa Benitez at Norwich

And we have Matt Ritchie on 9 yellow cards and Jack Colback on eight and if they pick up 10 yellow cards before March 12th then they will be suspended for the following two games.

Rafa explained what his approach would be to the local press yesterday as he said this as reported in the Chronicle:

“It is one game at a time.” 

“When you play two or three competitions you need to think about all these things. When you’re in one competition, even when the games are close it depends how they feel.”

“Maybe you have players playing a lot of games in a short spell of time who say they feel fine but they can’t give you the same level as someone else.”

“Then you would maybe change. Other players recover very quickly from games, so that is something you would think about.”

“We are monitoring them, we have our tests. We will keep an eye on them and pick the team that will be the sharpest on the day.”

“We will pick a team to win against Bristol City – not to think about what might or might not happen.”

“After the game, we will look at who is available to us.”

This is the team we think Rafa could start this afternoon with two changes – Christopher Atsu coming in for Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Perez in for Mo Diame.

Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Shelvey Colback
Atsu Perez Gouffran

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9 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah agree with you and others Ed regarding those 2 changes.
    If all goes well today, we really could do with Mitro / Perez getting confidence boosting performances ahead of the next few crucial games.
    Howay the lads!

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘Rafa may change modus operandi for next 4 games..’
    What you ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????Thinking… 4-4-2 all out attack? 🙂

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t know what happened there…

  • giimps

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Murphy for me is more mobile, runs defenfers ragged and is harder to keep tabs on, he has earned his chance by scoring in virtually every game he has started as well.
    So if Rafa needs him he will be there,4 games in 11 days or whatever it is, thats hard for any striker, it would be great if Gayle comes back before Reading but we have backup so we should be ok in the striker area, CM is another story.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #5

    If I manage to survive another day of crippling man flu, I will be racing back from the match to catch up with the Brighton / Reading game on sky.
    But before that the script is written for Arma to pop the Huddersfield bubble today!!
    Howay Adam lad!

  • one fine day

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa bingo

    Yedlin lascalles Clarke Dummet

    Shelvey colback

    Ritchie Perez atsu


    1.0 win

  • giimps

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #7

    I think Ed refers to maybe playing the same team for all four games, i wouldnt risk it when we have plenty players just it hing to show theyre good enough

  • Tele

    Feb 25, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #8


  • frankie

    Feb 25, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Hen Rafa says he will pick today’s team and then see who’s available for the next game I believe it’s an indication of Richie starting. Others, including Ed think differently.


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