Is This Rafa’s Team To Beat Huddersfield – One Change


Rafa said early this afternoon he had been pleased with Dwight Gayle in training over the last three days and that he has looked good and seems to have his confidence back and he’s in the squad for the game at Huddersfield tomorrow.

It’s not clear if Rafa will start Dwight tomorrow but we think he will, because one of the positives for Newcastle is that he will cause some concern for the Huddersfield defense, especially on the counter attack.

That may leave some other players unmarked who could potentially get some chances to score.

Dwight Gayle – could start tomorrow

All our players did well at Brighton so here’s the team we think Rafa will start tomorrow afternoon in the late kickoff game.

Darlow
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Shelvey Colback
Richie Diame Atsu
Gayle

It was a toss-up as to who starts on the left wing between Gouffran and Atsu but both players should make an appearance in tomorrow’s game.

We are keeping Jack Colback in there with Shelvey in central midfield because of his experience, but there is a chance Rafa could try the fit-again Vurnon Anita there – or maybe Vurnon could come in at right-back and give Yedlin a rest.

If Gayle doesn’t start then Rafa could give a rare start to Daryl Murphy who looked good on Tuesday night, but it really depends on what Rafa’s game plan is for the in-form Terriers.

What would your team be for tomorrow’s very tough game?

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33 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 3, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa’s bingo

    Darlow

    Yedders Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Shelvey Colback

    Ritchie Diame Atsu

    Gayle.

    1-2 bonus. Agree with Ed on this, which is a first in itself.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 3, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #2

    we are united what ever happens we will follow our team to end of the world thats what being born a geordie means to one and all N.U,F.C fans do, and with raffa at the wheel we my just win something very some, think gayle should get about 15/20 mins run out from the bench score tomorrow 3-1 to the toon .

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  • JackBall

    Mar 3, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #3

    I recall someone joking or bemoaning that some on here have called so many games the most important game of the year. But I truly feel this is the one. As Bobby and others pointed out, a win will almost surely guarantee promotion. I bet Brighton is rooting for us. A draw or lose and, yes, we will have another most important game. I say this inferring that top two is far more important than wining league, but after we win tomorrow, lets keep that top spot.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 3, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Gayle will not start tomorrow – might come on

    anyway fixtures left…

    THE?TOON
    March 2017
    Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United Sat 4 Mar
    Reading v Newcastle United Tue 7 Mar
    Newcastle United v Fulham Sat 11 Mar
    Birmingham City v Newcastle United Sat 18 Mar

    April 2017
    Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic Sat 1 Apr
    Newcastle United v Burton Albion Wed 5 Apr
    Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United Sat 8 Apr
    Newcastle United v Leeds United Sat 15 Apr
    Ipswich Town v Newcastle United Mon 17 Apr 15
    Newcastle United v Preston North End Sat 22 Apr
    Cardiff City v Newcastle United Sat 29 Apr

    May 2017
    Newcastle United v Barnsley Sun 7 May

    TO PLAY
    Four in top six plus Fulham seventh
    Two out of bottom seven both at home

    BRIGHTON
    March 2017
    Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion Sat 4 Mar
    Rotherham United v Brighton & Hove Albion Tue 7 Mar
    Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County Fri 10 Mar
    Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion Sat 18 Mar

    April 2017
    Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackburn Rovers Sat 1 Apr
    Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City Tue 4 Apr
    Queens Park Rangers v Brighton & Hove Albion Sat 8 Apr
    Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion Fri 14 Apr
    Brighton & Hove Albion v Wigan Athletic Mon 17 Apr
    Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion Sat 22 Apr
    Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol City Sat 29 Apr

    May 2017
    Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion Sun 7 May

    One team in top six Leeds away
    six out of bottom seven

    HUDDERSFIELD
    March 2017
    Wolverhampton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town Tue 28
    Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United Sat 4 Mar 17
    Huddersfield Town v Aston Villa Tue 7 Mar
    Brentford v Huddersfield Town Sat 11 Mar
    Bristol City v Huddersfield Town Fri 17 Mar

    April 2017
    Huddersfield Town v Burton Albion Sat 1 Apr
    Huddersfield Town v Norwich City Wed 5 Apr
    Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town Sat 8 Apr
    Huddersfield Town v Preston North End Fri 14 Apr
    Derby County v Huddersfield Town Mon 17 Apr
    Huddersfield Town v Fulham Sat 22 Apr
    Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town Sat 29 Apr

    May 2017
    Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City Sun 7 May 12:00

    One team in top six – us plus at Home
    Fulham seventh at Home
    four out of bottom seven

    Which is better playing top teams or teams scrapping to stay up ???

    We definitely have the tougher task on paper!!!!

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 3, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #5
  • JackBall

    Mar 3, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Charlie,

    I have been looking at those games as well and was another reason why the Brighton and now Hudd game is so important. When I started looking it was 5 of top six (pre Brighton Game). On paper, no doubt it seems we have it more difficult, but playing top teams away has been a good thing. Win tomorrow and I do not think it matters who we play.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Mar 3, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #7

    darlow

    yedds lascelles clark dummy

    shelvey diame

    ritchy perez atsu

    gayle

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 3, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Jack
    Could work for us by not playing the bottom teams as they will be fighting for their life – maybe not Rotherham but the rest Forest, Burton, Wolves, Bristol Blackburn and Wigan there is only 6 points between them

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 3, 2017 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think he’ll start Dwight.

    Rafa Bingo

    Darlow

    Yeddlin Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Shelvey Colback

    Ritchie Diame Atsu

    Murphy

    2-0 to us

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  • JackBall

    Mar 3, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Trying to look at the teams that will be fighting for a playoff spot and those fighting off relegation and which of the top three are playing either and when and I got a headache. Take a team like Cardiff, 6-1-3 and middle of the table. You just don’t know what a team’s form will be when you play them. I think we are playing more teams fighting for a playoff position, or fending off relegation, so you would presume they will be going all out, but we all presume that we get that same play just because they are playing Newcastle. I’ll stick to the one game at a time Mantra, and the next game is HUGE.

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 3, 2017 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #11

    RAFA BINGO :
    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Atsu
    Gayle
    1-5 Toon!

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 3, 2017 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #12
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 3, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Oh no Chris Woods has just gone one above Dwighty the almighty 😮

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 3, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Ooh bugga, I have money on Gaye aswell. Rafa bingo:

    Rafa Bingo

    Darlow

    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Shelvey Colback

    Yedlin Diame Ritchie

    Murphy

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  • cyprus

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #15

    I have a feeling Gayle will end up with an absolute maximum of 25, so we’ll need goals from elsewhere as well.

    Good words from dummet. Forgot that save off the line. Didn’t used to fancy him, he’s doing his best to change my mind. Hats off.

    Can we pull off a draw? I’ll be happy.

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  • magpie_in_ohio

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #16

    RAFA BINGO

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Atsu
    Murphy

    2-1 Toon

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Birmingham 1 1 leeds

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Just done the Rafa bingo results for the Bristol game, well done one fine day, the only winner.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #19

    leeds won 3- 1

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Wood with two goals, my bet looked nailed on up until a month ago, need Wood to pull a hammy to even things out 🙁

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 3, 2017 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Rafa bingo

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Atsu
    Mitro

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  • martoon

    Mar 3, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #22

    My Rafa bingo team:

    ………………Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    ………..Shelvey Colback
    ………Ritchie Diame Atsu
    …………….Murphy

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  • toon22

    Mar 4, 2017 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Diames better in CM,so far he hasnt been too good as a no10

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  • chicousa

    Mar 4, 2017 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Rafa bingo confirmed lineup

    Darlow
    Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett
    Shelvey, Colback
    Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran
    Gayle

    Score: 1 – 3. Toon! HWTL!!!

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  • chicousa

    Mar 4, 2017 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #25

    Mag52,
    From several posts earlier in day: sorry mate, didn’t mean to offend anyone. Just a little friendly needling to those bloggers who picked the lads to finish out of the auto promotion places in their forecasts! 🙂

    Speaking of the forecast: I picked Mitro to be both player of the year and to tally 25 goals! So I clearly am no wise prophet either…

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  • chicousa

    Mar 4, 2017 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #26

    Should Swansea get relegated this year I would hope NUFC makes Gylfi Sigurdson their number one summer target, to be played in #10 spot in Rafa’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. This season, while playing for a lower tier BPL team he has scored 8 goals, with 9 assists. And he is excellent in taking most of his side’s set pieces. No disrespect to Ayoze or Mo Diame but neither seem to fit the #10 role very comfortably. Current cost estimate for Sigurdson is 20M €, which in this market would be a bargain!!! He is 27 years old so at prime of his career!

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  • chicousa

    Mar 4, 2017 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #27
  • Sgt. Hag

    Mar 4, 2017 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Darlow

    Yedlin-lacelles-Clark-Dummett
    Mabemba
    Shelvey
    Atsu Ritchie

    Perez

    Mitro

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  • Sgt. Hag

    Mar 4, 2017 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Darlow

    Yedlin-lacelles-Clark-Dummett
    Mabemba
    Shelvey
    Atsu Ritchie

    Perez

    Mitro

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  • Sgt. Hag

    Mar 4, 2017 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Spellcheck killing me!

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  • one fine day

    Mar 4, 2017 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #31

    Cheers jail,
    This weeks Rafa bingo
    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Richie Diame Atsu
    murphy

    Think we will see gayle maybe given a half hour if things are going well
    Murphy deserves a start I think
    Would like too diame in with shelvey again too . To me he looked more suited running at them .
    And I’d have Perez in behind the striker .but I am picking the team I think most likely if not my preference
    Result 1.0 to us

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  • firebug666

    Mar 4, 2017 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #32

    Rafa Bingo

    Darlow

    Yedlin—-Lascelles—-Clark—-Dummet

    Shelvey—-Colback

    Richie—-Diame—-Atsu

    Murphy

    1-3 Toon win.

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  • MadisonToon

    Mar 4, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Rafa Bingo

    Darlow

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Atsu
    Mitrovic

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