Darlow, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Merino, Atsu, Gayle Return For Crucial Game Against Brighton


Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has named his team for the third of four games over a nine-day holiday period; we play Brighton at St. James’ Park this afternoon followed by a match at Stoke City on Monday afternoon.

A number of players return to the starting line up including Karl Darlow, who comes in for the injured Rob Elliot – and Clark, Richie, Hayden, Atsu and Gayle all return.

It looks strong team for the game today against Chris Hughton’s side.

We almost had the team correct put had Chancel Mbemeba in at left back for Paul Dummett.

It looks like Rafa will play 4-4-2 with Gayle and Joselu up front and still no place on the bench for Henri Saivet.

Karl Darlow – back in the starting eleven

Three fans in four think we can win this game and all 3 points will move us up the league table and away from the bottom three.

Wins are what will save us this season, and we have a chance to win our next three league games against Brighton at home, Stoke away and bottom of the table Swansea at home.

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Howay The Lads – we need the win!

Comments welcome.


663 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Brighton: Ryan, Bruno (c), Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March, Gross, Murray
    Subs: Krul, Goldson, Schelotto, Kayal, Izquierdo, Baldock, Hemed.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Good side, only change I would have made would have been Joselu for Shelvey. Look to dominate the midfield and set Gayle loose.

    Let’s hope they click. Need Ritchie,a
    Merino and Gayle all on it today to get a win.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    what wrong did saviet do? he played better than Hayden ever had for NUFC and is immediately banished from the squad.

    its frustrating but I hope rafa knows what he’s doing and gets 3 points.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    On paper our squad looks way better than theirs.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Hope Hayden steps up today. He’s been really poor this season.

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  • geordiemark

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #6

    3-0 to the toon

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  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Looks like we’ll be going for it from the off.

    Toon 3.0

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  • msk21dec

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #8

    happy with line up except for hayden rather have shelvey and merino in midfield. juve played with 2 mid beginning of season so went with 3 midfielders and have kept 8 clean sheets in a row. think we should go 3 in midfield hayden shelvey merino it might work for us. our wingers are crap at crossing so could play gayle and atsu supporting joselu slightly inside from wing and let yedlin and dummet provide the width. just an idea

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #9

    See i got ritchie atsu merino and of course dummett as many said he would not start.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    DubaiMicky so dummett must have come through that game ok mate

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  • manxpie

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    hayden is defo due a decent game been shocking this season
    bets on when he picks up a yellow? first 10 for me
    great to see manquillo dropped aswell, should tighten the defense up

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  • martoon

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Agree with msk21dec – I would have like to have seen Shelvey & Merino in the centre but pleased to see Dummett at left back – I wasn’t sure he could manage 2 games in 3 days.

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  • masterp1983

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa must have his favourites. Poor Saivet has a great game but as he wasn’t a Rafa buy, he is back in the wilderness. Doesn’t ever seem to pick on form which is so strange to me.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    No saivet? I thought good managers reward good performances.

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Dummett may be a bit rusty today against Knockhart but a rusty Dummett is still 10 x better defender than Manquillo.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah, good news for us Runaway

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  • sparky55

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Lesh

    I have strong ties in the city and spend one week a month down there. When I was down there just before xmas everyone I spoke to who has been approached by Ashleys representatives and himself to raise money for everything he’s been doing told me the deal was done just before he stunned up the 300 million in cash to complete the 900 million land and property deal.

    As I’ve tried to explain on here a couple of times before it was impossible to raise that kind of cash with no borrowings without selling shares or borrowing against shares or by raising cash from improved equity from his existing property portfolio or raising money from bonds.

    He has not sold any shares because he has to declare any such sales and he hasn’t
    He hasn’t borrowed money against shares because Debenhams, SD and addidas have not gone up in value enough (only adidas have) and no way he could have raised 300 mil that way
    His property portfolio value is flat from 18 months ago so he hasn’t got the money that way either.
    If he raised money on the bond market again it would have to be notifiable.
    NUFC has no debt (only to Mike Ashley) so every penny raised from the sale goes to him personally.

    The only way he could have raised that much in unborrowed cash was in the main from the proceeds from the sale of NUFC and everyone in the city knows that.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle United (4-4-2): Karl Darlow; DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu; Dwight Gayle, Joselu.

    Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Javier Manquillo, Chancel Mbemba, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diamé, Jacob Murphy, Ayoze Pérez

    36 Minutes to KO

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Best news is, dummetts back. Top quality defender but very underrated.

    Shelvey offers nothing aside from Hollywood passes and does nothing else but is lauded as potential England call up. What a joke. No wonder only relegation threatened West ham are interested.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Almost second guessed Rafa, playing Hayden instead of Shelvey!

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  • the ledge

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Come on the toon army! 3points will make my weekend.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #22

    “9 of #nufc’s Championship winning side start today. 14 of the 18 in the squad were present throughout that season. Manquillo, Merino, Murphy and Joselu weren’t.”

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  • the ledge

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Agree on shelvey doesn’t put in enough of a shift and when the Hollywood passes don’t come off he don’t over much.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #24

    27 Minutes to KO

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Is there a live audio today, I’m on the NUFC site but no sound!

    Also looked for streams but can’t find any!

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Only got two wrong on team saviet and mbemba no one could tell what would happen to ellott so got 9 rite

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  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Mr Bill, go to batmanstream dot net, suggest you use the NBC stream, it’s better

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Sound just come on!

    It’s Rugby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    21 Minutes to KO

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #29

    17 Minutes to KO

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #30

    15 minutes KO

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  • toon22

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Imho Rafa wants to sell Savient,since he seems to have had a good game its probs means its easier to sell him atm

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #33

    12 Minutes

    and I seem to be getting some BBC west country prog not NUFC live!!!!!!!

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Happy with dummett there. Good defender, good man rafa

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  • lukes26

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Gayle’s been really good lately..I think he’s due a goal or two.

    Glad Dummett’s back, though Manquillo did an adequate job on the left for me.

    Gross and Murray are decent players for Brighton..I think Newcastles defense is superior though ..should be points for us

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Hope Ritchie finally starts contributing to the team
    Zero goals this season is a shocking stat for a winger given the number of minutes he has played

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #37

    8 mins 52 seconds

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #38

    It’s just been in sky -the referee has confirmed today’s game is ‘head height’

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #39

    On sky

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 30, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #40

    No confirmation if it’s ‘rush keeper’

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