Darlow, Colback, Murphy, de Jong And Mitrovic Start At Mainz – Merino On Bench


Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just named his side for the fourth pre-season friendly of pre-season against Mainz 04 in Germany this afternoon.

We now have three friendlies coming up in a short eight days, and then the lads have a rest of eight days as we prepare for our first Premier League game of the season two weeks tomorrow against Tottenham at home.

It would be good to win this game this afternoon to get the lads into that winning mentality.

Here is the team as just reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account.



After his excellent showing last week at Bradford, Jacob Murphy gets a start, and it’s a big chance for him to further impress.

It looks like Rob Elliot has the day off today so probably 45 minutes each for Karl Darlow and young Freddie Woodman in goal, who played well at Bradford City last week.

We also expect there to be changes at half time although maybe not as many as usual in this game?

It would be good to get the win this afternoon against the Bundesliga side.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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198 comments so far

  • Chrisella87

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #121

    Great save by Woodman

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  • Sheikh MagToon

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #122

    70 minutes and mackems 0.5 behind. Fast pass to League 1 with any luck.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #123

    TikiMackemKnacka

    Refrain from calling everyone idiots just because our opinion is different from yours.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #124

    Mackems getting smashed which is a big bonus for the weekend .

    Tikataka

    Do you not think that Murphy should be given a chance to prove himself before writing him off

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #125

    ‘I’ m not judging him on today… ‘
    Murphy will be a dud, mark my words. He’s so, so bad. Make you mind up marra 🙂

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  • TikiTakaAcca

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #126

    Here we go.

    Claims i’m a Sunderland fan now.

    Just a realist Newcastle fan.

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  • corkypants

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #127

    TiciTakaAcca I was referring to ritchie’s ability to cross not Murphy you numpty!!

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  • TikiTakaAcca

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #128

    @corky

    It’s fine having one slow winger, but you can’t have 2 with a number 10 who cries for runners either side.

    It’s basic knowledge.

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  • corkypants

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #129

    That’s why we have Murphy Atsu and Rolando none are slow

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #130

    Mbemba having a decent half

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  • Obertans_on_roids

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #131

    Here comes the new boy

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #132

    Tikitw@t

    No, stop mistaking “realism” for “ultra negative”. Just because you (and apparently only you) thinl murphy is slow and crap, doesn’t mean we are all (just about everyone else on here) idiots because we don’t agree. The lad has looked decent so far and his 2 goals v bradford were both well taken.

    Less of the keyboard warrior attitude.

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  • corkypants

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #133

    And I wouldn’t really call ritchie slow he ain’t the quickest but he isn’t slow

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #134

    Slow lazy sods, eh? Anybody would think they were playing in temp of 30 degrees out there… oh, wait…

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #135

    Bobby

    I just don’t get it. From what i have seen of murphy, he’s quite quick. It’s bizzare to call him slow.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #136

    Tikatakaknacker
    Explain your opinion please when this is what best explains Murphy. Yet you seem to think he is slow as well as offers nothing out wide??

    After making Atsu’s loan move permanent earlier this summer, the addition of Murphy will provide the Magpies with another creative threat out wide.
    In Matt Ritchie, Newcastle have an industrious player who can not only provide goals, but who also has the ability to deliver quality into the box.
    The former Bournemouth wide man isn’t blessed with pace, though, so Murphy, who is capable of playing on either flank, although he played predominantly down the right for Norwich, should provide a good balance if he operates on the left for Benitez’s side.
    Murphy, a boyhood Newcastle fan, is quick, direct, and also has an eye for goal.
    When asked what he can bring to his new club, Murphy took the opportunity to outline these qualities and underline his suitability as a Fantasy asset.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #137

    Oh oh

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #138

    Oh dear. Good goal, mind.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #139

    Mark, just our clear lack of basic knowledge mate. 🙂 The sort that says don’t judge players in pre season friendlies as well.
    Sloppy goal again, but that’s what these games are for though.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #140

    Bollicks….good finish like

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #141

    Here comes the first meltdoon

    Take cover

    Tin hats oot

    Rafas lost the plot murphys a slug fattie out

    Etc etc etc..

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #142

    Mags

    Hahaha yeah. Dortmund reject should have a hat trick et.c lol

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #143

    How good are Mainz 05? Are they the equivalent of a mid table Prem side?

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #144

    Lejeune looks decent and is looking like he’ll be the main cb with one of the others playing with him, mbemba had decebt half,de jong some nice touches but overall and blunt up front….early days tho

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #145

    Just looked it up. They were 15th last season in the Bundesliga. Oh oh….

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #146

    Atsu looked bright since he came on

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  • RolandoOverhead

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #147

    Atsu = greased lightning

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #148

    G2

    Not sure. Wouldn’t really make a difference if you look at our starting line up anyway. Very mix and match. We haven’t done too badly imo. We have looked decent on the ball, just a bit loose at times defensively.

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #149

    Atsu has the been the best out there since coming on.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #150

    Still everyone is getting some minutes. As everyone has said repeatedly on here we need a striker. Rafa must see it as well. Where we’re going to get one for a small fee and small wages is a bit of a puzzle…… Is Shefki Kuqi available???

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  • Obertans_on_roids

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #151

    Ya’ll don’t really want it now (BOOM!)
    Here comes the (DOOM!)

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #152

    G2

    I wouldnt read much into freindly results, mate. You even said the same after we beat bradford. Its more about match time and fitness. As long as we dont get outplayed, which we didnt.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #153

    G2

    Do you seriously expect Rafa to pick today’s starting eleven for Spurs?

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  • RolandoOverhead

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #154

    Such a shame we couldn’t match the skill and magnificence of the unwashed and their glorious 5-0 drubbing at the hands of some Glasgow schoolboys. 😀

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #155

    Shefki Kuqi!!!
    Boom boom!!!
    Boom boom boom!!!

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #156

    G2

    If nufc sign Shefki kuqi again, i will personally hunt you down and fong you in the vitals.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #157

    Rolando @ 154

    Good job i have finished my cuppa, otherwise it would have been everywhere after that comment ?

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #158

    Should have been a 😀

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #159

    We do need a striker though lads. Keep selling wor duds Rafa!!! We need those pennies!!!!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #160

    G2 it’s a pre season knockabout in temperatures of 30° against a team further into a preseason and means nothing. Just like the other night meant nothing.
    Three games in a week means careful management and he’s just starting to decide his starting eleven – and this wasn’t it. Don’t get excited when we win these games and don’t when we lose either. These are not about winning and losing, they’re about preparation and trying something different.

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