Predicted Team For Chelsea Has Mitrovic, Hayden, Shelvey And Merino All Starting

There were some very good performances from our players on Tuesday night when we got a vital point and moved up two places in the Premier League to 12th place.

It ended the rot of four defeats on the trot, but tomorrow at Stamford Bridge we will have to be near our very best to take anything out of the game in south London.

Dummett, Lascelles, and Atsu are not available for this game, but all three are likely to be fit for the home game against Leicester City next Saturday.

Jonjo Shelvey, Mikel Merino, and Isaac Hayden are three of our best players so why not try to accommodate them in the starting eleven tomorrow.

Aleksandar Mitrovic – deserves a start tomorrow

Hayden could partner either in central midfield, and the other could play in the number 10 position.

Since Mikel has played there for the Spanish U21 side and scored some goals for them we have Mikel there for tomorrow’s game.

But notice that Shelvey and Merino can switch positions during the game if necessary.

Surely it is now time to give Aleksandar Mitrovic a start because some of the chances Joselu has been missing Mitro could have put them in the back of the net – we must use the players we have, and Mitro deserves a chance.

While DeAndre Yedlin was responsible for both goals conceded last Tuesday night at West Brom through some shoddy defensive work it could be that Rafa brings in Manquillo at right back which is his usual position.

Karl Darlow will probably keep his place tomorrow afternoon in goal even though Rafa says Rob Elliot has looked good in training.

So this is the team Rafa starts tomorrow:

Yedlin (Manquillo) Lejeune Clark Mbemba
Shelvey (c) Hayden
Ritchie Merino Murphy

As we said, Newcastle will do well to get anything out of this game.

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148 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #1

    One thing the TOON have to sort out is the run up to half time and just after
    I reckon more than half the goals conceded have come on a fifteen minute spell…
    5 minutes before half time and the 10 minutes after no doubt someone will come up with the stats

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    I won’t hold my breath on the mad Serb starting.

  • AncientC

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #3

    World Cup draw coming up. You just know England are going to draw Russia.

  • EllaGuru

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Nah, England are going to draw Serbia, and Mitro is going to run amok!

  • c-dog

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Hibbit lad
    “you seem confidant i’m leaving
    if i’m right about you know what will you shut up about you know who ……. deal”

    Not sure if this was at me. But no idea what it means if it was. I’m disappointed you wouldn’t attend any party organized by myself, c-dog, is what I meant by saying it won’t be the same without you.

    On Josiére, I generally shut up about him pre match. Then try and support him. And start again 20/30 minutes into the match after watching him because he’s intolerable. The guy is robbing a living.

    On Rafa, mans class. Carries himself brilliantly under any circumstance and you can tell it’s an honor for him to be at our club as it is an honor for us to have him.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6


    3 of the most successful managers of all time were never top players, ie SAF, Shankly and Paisley.

    Pep and ZZ probably the exceptions and Pep’s football certainly the most pleasing on the eye.

    You have to remember Rafa broke the Barca – RM domination in Spain with Valencia, which was unheard of and he did it 2 years on the spin.

    Mourinho has had absolute fortunes to spend.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    actually thought joselu played well the other night

  • EllaGuru

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa is the best manager we can ever hope to have in the near future. He is tactically astute, manages the players extremely well and has a great rapport with us, the fans. He was won things all over the continent and in England. He has brought success to clubs that did not expect it.
    Yes he has made questionable investments in the past, but who has not?
    Lets get behind Rafa the gaffa. He is our best hope, he is our only hope. The man is so clearly passionate about this project. He is clearly passionate about the fan base we have. He achieved all targets set by himself first season, albeit with football that was at times bland.
    He will achieve all targets set by him this season, with the same football.
    Give Rafa time and he will achieve long term targets and that is a big piece of bling, and being competitive. I trust in Rafa, more of us should too!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Group C: Denmark, France, Australia and Peru

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #10

    In all due respect to Posada he was talking absolute bollocks there to try and discredit Rafa. Ferguson, Wenger and Mourinho have been the stand out managers over the last twenty years and none of them a top player.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Group G: England, Belgium, Tunisia and Panama

  • EllaGuru

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #12

    What do you make of that group for Denmark Jesper?

  • chicousa

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    First off – congratulations on the baby boy!

    Re: Rafa and his “project”. He used to refer to it with hope and ambition in his voice. But then after being stiffed by Ashley in last January’s window and again in the summer window he said (sadly) “there is no project!”. Let’s hope when this deal for the club goes through Rafa once again starts talking about “this project”!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Ella…I think it’s an alright draw mate. The same for England

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Ella…if we can beat France then it’s a winnable group for sure…but anything can happen at a WC

    …but Russia is a long way from both Australia and Peru

  • EllaGuru

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Cheers pal. Chuffed to bits
    You are right, the spark has not been there in his pressers recently. A lot does hinge on MA decisions, however one must try stay positive
    However just remember Lascelles reaction to that banner that was unfurled recently! Our support does not go unnoticed to those who are really loyal to the club, and I count Rafa as one of those. He respects us, the fan base, greatly. I truly believe he wants to be successful as much for us as for himself.

  • EllaGuru

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Jesper, I dont especially care about England’s group! I just want to know how we would have played had we not capitulated in Dublin! Still, I think Denmark are a dark horse, and with a proper No. 9 could be right up there in the mix.

  • chicousa

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #18

    DubaiMicky from about 5 busses ago-

    Re: your future tattoo
    I understand that tattoo artists can now work with tiny needles and can put long messages on very small surfaces! But if all else fails they can just abbreviate: SAFC !!! 😀

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #19

    I tried to post a link to the groups, but it’s apparently being moderated

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

  • jazzyp

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #21

    2nd bid gone in eh??
    Let’s hope it’s more successful than the first

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Thanks Ella…it seems even though some have said the players available for Ireland these days are the worse for years they are actually doing better these days than they have in a long time…

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Jesper…Moderated? Perhaps Ed is listening to you 🙂

    Did you by any chance include multiple links in the post?

  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #24

    jazzyp i put this up early this morning

    Dec 1, 2017 at 7:20 AM
    Comment #129

    i’m told the deal will go through and that this coming week coming is the decider, the thing to remember is Ashley and his team are still at the table

    Re Secret Sausage
    today is the first face to face meeting since Monday other than that i’v heard nothing

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #25


    Twat. LOL 🙂

  • EllaGuru

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #26

    We have had an ability of getting results when needed against so called stronger opponents. It was built upon not individual ability but team spirit, hard work and pretty good organization.
    Unfortunately, we decided to change strategy in Dublin and play some kind of nonsense diamond, which had not been tested before. We lacked bite in the middle, allowed Eriksen, an absolute gem of a footballer, to have space and time, and the end result was he used both to punish us badly.
    I think had we set up like in Copenhagen, to contain, we could have come away with an unwarranted victory in Dublin. Unfortunately, we experimented, and got burnt badly.
    I will also pay credit to the Danish. They took full advantage of that, played some great football and scored some exquisite goals.
    I think your head couch is an arrogant twat however.

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #27

    As I suspect
    The sale is pretty much finalised
    They will probably tell the team
    before KO to lift them and save
    telling the public until after the
    game in case we get humped
    off Chelsea.


    Congratulations Ella Guru
    the first of many boys
    go for the full footy team

  • chicousa

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Sorry mate!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza…well it’s only that one post Ed is moderating 😉

    …posted only one link

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Ella…he’s an Norwegian 😀 lol

    …he’s oldschool and a man of few words

  • EllaGuru

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #31

    I love Southgate’s comment:
    “We have been good at writing teams off”.
    I think Southgate is good for England. Humble, tactically smart, understated. They need someone like that and not a superstar in my opinion.

  • posada

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

    SAF played 300 odd games in Scotland. Perhaps you would say not a top player, but he did play at a level most of us could only dream about.
    Shanks played league football, as did Paisley. I have a programme from the 50’s and Paisley is on the team sheet for Liverpool.
    Another era that though. Paisley was caught up in WW2.
    Thing is Wenger and Mourinho have never played at any level worth a mention.
    SBR said of Mourinho I don’t know how he has done it he was my interpreter at Barcelona.
    Mourinho maintains he was more than that.

    However they did it yeh all credit to them it has been affective.

    Strange, but some years ago when Clive Woodward was going to perhaps manage in football he got nothing but pelters from folks especially ex players.
    If you have not played you seem to be able to get a start abroad but not here.
    When Mourinho came here he had his credibility from winning the Champions League.
    Sometimes he makes disparaging comments about a players ability. I think he forgets that he never played at all.

  • EllaGuru

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Ah come on now Jesper! Not all Norwegians are twats! I have some very good Norwegian friends who are for the most part not twats!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #34

    I don’t know much about Southgate’s tactical nouse but in terms of England I think you need someone who can stand up to your FA and pick the right players regardless of name…

    …maybe Southgate is that one?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Ella…no they are not twats! It was just a joke – lots of history between Danes and Norwegians

    …I actually like Åge Hareide

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #36

    He was what we needed right now

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 1, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Jesper…He’s laying around, he’s got a mean bite…

    Must be you and your foul mouth again!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Ibiza…it probably is mate 🙁

    …I do have a foul mouth don’t I!

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Dec 1, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Congrats Ellaguru; you can get somenufc clothes for the baby here, they post worldwide, but you will be lining fatty’s pockets, at least for now.


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