Five Changes – Darlow, Merino, Mbemba, Hayden And Perez All Start At The Hawthorns


Under pressure Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just named his team for the vital game at the Hawthorns tonight against West Brom.

And Rafa has made five changes to the side with Darlow coming back into goal for Elliot, Mikel Merino starting and Chancel Mbemba coming in at left back for Javier Manquillo.

Joselu keeps his place up front, and Dwight Gayle drops down to the bench – so it’s all change for Newcastle tonight.

Jonjo Shelvey is left out of the side with Hayden and Merino in central midfield.

Rafa has changed almost half the side that started on Saturday.

The Baggies are 3 points behind us in the Premier League and a win for Newcastle tonight would see us pull 6 points ahead of them.

We have lost four games on the trot and the last game – the 3-0 home defeat to Watford – was our worst display of the season.

So tonight is a great chance to get things together with our first win in five games.

Karl Darlow – back in goal

Here’s the side:

But two in five fans think we’ll suffer our 5th defeat on the trot tonight.

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458 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #1

    I can’t fcukin believe it!!!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Joselu loan striker!!!!

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh dear.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #4

    # lone

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Wish he was a loan striker.

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  • AncientC

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #6

    WBA: Foster, Nyom, Gibbs, Robson-Kanu, Evans (c), Livermore, Rondon, Phillips, Barry, Hegazi, Field
    Subs: Myhill, Jacob, McClean, Burke, Rodriguez, Krychowiak, McCauley

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #7

    What’s happening on that front, is he trying to make some warped point.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #8

    RAFA
    No Mitrovich
    Bloody stubborn Joselu better score!!!!!!!!

    1
  • SPRINGY

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Tbh was so fixated on joselu still in the side i didnt notice elliot and manquillo dropped!!lol…..good to see mbemba back in.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Fresh legs in midfield

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  • AncientC

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Kinda shocked Gayle was dropped. That has to be the first time Gayle has been dropped by Benitez—when fit and raring to go that is.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #12

    New Theory.
    Rafa wants out. He can’t do the dirt on the fans. He’s asking us to turn on him so he can get the he’ll out of dodge 😮

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  • Toonfan8

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa is certainly blind man, He dont like to score goals…

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #14
  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #15

    To be fair, Joselu Perez partnership worked with merino feeding them rather than shelvey. Would have liked to have seen mitro start of course but I can see this team as a bit of going back to what worked previously. Hayden, merino and Joselu, Perez.

    Glad to see mbemba back. Undeservedly got the chop.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #16

    just clocked the goal keeper too LOL

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Charlie,
    He has to or there’s going to be a nasty feeling if we lose.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Surprised to see Shelvey dropped!!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Most be going for a 0-0

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Lol, I never noticed Darlow either. Think he’ll do well, just prone to the odd error here and there. He should be focussed throughout so think he’ll be fine. I can see rondon bullying our cbs a little mind with no jamaal.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Joselu doesn’t play too badly with Merino in the team. Got a good feeling about this team. Glad Mbemba is back, Darlow too!

    1
  • JDdubai

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Its actually quite pathetic now

    Rafa is putting his stubborness and pettiness ahead of what is best for the team, no way Joselu should be in ahead of Mitro or Gayle. His own beef with Mitro, whatever it is, is now punishing the team.

    And it cant be a trust issue surely, as Shelvey came straight back in after his stamping ban and is as much a liability as mitro is.

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  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #23

    A MESSAGE TO ALL RAFA CRITICS

    Results are not going well as we all know and I’m sure that nobody is more aware of that than Rafa – and I’m confident that the players are well aware that performances have not been good enough.
    Fans have the right to be critical but some of it is a bit over the top.

    By showing increasing discontent with Rafa and the players available to him, the on-going criticism will only lead to him walking – and that would suit Ashley down to the ground.

    Some posters are doing exactly what Ashley wants – get rid of someone who knows more about football than any who’d consider taking his place.

    Think about it – things are bad enough, yes?

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #24

    FFS – what a terrible choice – Joselu and Darlow.

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  • Online Guy

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #25

    ELLIOT half a second out of Kilter with the rest of the planet glad Darlow is starting . I Was expecting it …hoping.

    WBA 1 v 2 Newcastle United.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #26

    “”Always believe in……Karl Dar-low!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #27

    There’s changes and enough of them to suggest Rafa knows the 442 didn’t work.

    Still that guy up top again. He’s becoming more untouchable than messi is at Barca.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #28

    HOWAY the lads!
    A few blood vessels bursting at tonight’s team I think.
    Deep breaths JfA..
    Shelvey benched IS the right decision after his captain’s performance on Saturday.
    Hope Ritchie and Yedlin have straightened things out too.
    We can win this..!

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Lesh – Mitro is avail. We have persevered with Joselu and Perez and look at what they have done

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  • Toonfan8

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #30

    I can see why fans of Inter, Napoli and Real hate him now. I see he is so stubborn…we are not going to score and they will score atleast one

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  • Online Guy

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Lesh,

    thanks for your help last week..I cleared everything..it still came back ..more of an issue for Ed’s site I would say..It’s gone now. Sorted. Cheers mate.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #32

    i’m not getting the point he is trying to make

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Meltdown started already I see

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Stubbornness again picking joselu, wow just flipping wow. Hopefully he proves me wrong but I said the other day rafa is forcing fans to the on him by constantly picking a player that just doesn’t work

    World class manager, let’s hope so

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Dropping 4 is a good sign that no one (except Joselu) is guaranteed a place.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #36

    44 minutes

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  • Colos love child

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #37

    any chance of a decent stream tonight

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #38

    What is it with the club – its reported that Newcastle United left-back Liam Gibson has agreed the terms of a new contract with the club, according to the Football Association. New documents registered with the governing body show that the defender, 20, signed a fresh deal with the Magpies on 26 September.

    Why no announcement – at 20 surely he should be pushing for hte 1st team

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  • mindcompressor

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #39

    I can’t believe it… So we are going for 0-0, coz Joselu cannot score or belive that Merino or Perez can score. Otherwise… we can’t win this. Quite strange that Gayle is dropped… At least he score twice in last 3 matches (even that one was dissallowed). Joselu offers nothing.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Joselu again ffs!

    I’d heard he’s stubborn but fcuk me Rafa, how far are you going to take this?

    Gayle scores then gets dropped? For the ineffective Perez.

    Wouldn’t of bothered me Perez starting if it was with Mitro as they work well together imo but with Joselu, it just doesn’t.

    If he changes the attack it’ll be Gayle and not mitro. It’s infuriating.

    Glad Merino’s back. And Hayden. Need the bite in midfield against brom.

    Is Barry starting? The old Cnut always plays outta his skin against us.

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