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Schar, Ki, Fernandez And Rondon All Start – Lascelles And Shelvey Out


That rumor this morning that Jamaal Lascelles would not be in the squad today turned out to be correct and in come Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez for their debuts in central defense.

Yedlin comes in at right-back, so the back four is entirely different in each position than last week at Cardiff, and this cannot be good news against such a top side like Chelsea.

Ki comes into central midfield for Jonjo Shelvey who has picked up a knock in training.

And it looks like Rafa will play a back five today.

Very sorry about the initial confusion – I didn’t see Dummett was in as captain.

I’m not having a good day today – but maybe Newcastle will!!

The lack of depth in the Newcastle squad is something that Rafa Benitez had talked about all summer.

Most of our fans think we will lose this game – but you never know.

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Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


143 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Wow. Call me negative lol but no lascelles, no shelvey, no points. I was right about 5 at the back though 😀

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  • AncientC

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Pedro, Hazard. Morata.
    Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Willian, Giroud.

    1
  • AncientC

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #3

    5-4-1 by the looks of it.

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  • Blofal

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Longstaff on the bench. Would be nice to see him get a run.

    1
  • jane

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #5

    exciting team

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Well this could be an interesting one.

    Rumour has it that Lascelles and Rafa had a barney about the team selection. So Lascelles was dropped.

    2
  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #7

    In private Fraser’s Scots accent
    “We’rrre doomed A tell ye – DOOMED”

    2
  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Ihope we don’t get an injury in midfield or central defence.

    0
  • AncientC

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    I wonder if Jib listens to Mozart whilst he is blogging.

    1
  • SredniVashtar

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Lascelles allegedly has an ankle injury and Shelvey has a thigh injury

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  • Bambams

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Rumours on Twitter that Lascelles had a fall out with Rafa over playing three at the back against Chelsea…..Mind you this was posted seconds after team announced !

    I can’t see those two falling out.

    Apparently both Lascelles and Shelvey have ‘knocks’

    1
  • browny1107

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Erm… Ed, Dummet is very much in the team

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  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I blame those demonstrators on Northumberland Street – me

    1
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Got the Shelvey one right but surprise Lascslles – could there of been a punch-up ?!?!?!?!!

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  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #15

    AncientC
    I wonder if Jib listens to Mozart whilst he is blogging.
    Sometimes
    However at the mo’ it’s Gary Clark Jnr

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib
    I’m probably gonna eat my words but this team will beat Chelsea or at least get a draw! Doomed my arse!

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  • SredniVashtar

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #17

    If it is 5 at the back does that mean Dummett is playing wing back? Or do we think Rafa might be trying one of Schär Fernandez Dummett or Clark in holding midfield?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Apparently Lascslles has a ankle injury
    Shelvey thigh injury

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  • ctommo

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #19

    this will be interesting. I hope it’s an injury to lascelles and there’s no fall out. Would be typical of the drama this club creates though.

    2
  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Moanster – good man – taken in the spirit it was intended – (as opposed to the hysterical grannies/fannies who fake being offended).

    2
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Can’t see anything but a comfortable win for Chelsea today. At least we get to see the new boys in action, hopefully I am wrong and they don’t justify their stupidly low purchase values.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Sredni
    No I dont think there will be wingbacks, think it’s more of a flat back 5. With 4 man midfield. Try and counter with rondon up top. Feel for him today lol.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Craig Hope
    @CraigHope_DM
    Understand NUFC skipper Jamaal Lascelles dropped by Rafa Benitez after training-ground fallout over manager’s decision to play three at back for today’s visit of Chelsea. More
    @MailSport
    3:00 PM · Aug 26, 2018

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  • Rowan

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Did a little double-take reading the team news just now…

    Dummet is in though – according to BBC Sport anyway.

    Really worried about this game now, with no Shelvey or Lascelles – was cautiously optimistic of a draw. Don’t think there’s bedn a ‘bust up’ though – just niggling injuries.

    Glad Rondon is starting. Will require a masssively well-organised & professional performance to get something out of this now.

    1
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Breaking news: Ashley’s sold Lascelles to Barcelona!

    1
  • jimmygscot

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Bottom in September after next 3 league games, confidence shot and trouble in dressing room what a shower.

    1
  • davetoon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #27

    No Perez or kenedy for the counter attack. Big games needed from Ki, Ritchie and Murphy. Murphy lucky to start ahead of Muto

    0
  • the white tino

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Jibber jabber your a tosser,

    1
  • sing in the corner

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Tough assignment already, tougher now!
    Good luck new lads. Hope they are not judged too severely ( ha ha) – this team is a bit makeshift..to say the least.
    Howay the laaaads!

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Lee Ryder
    @lee_ryder
    Club guidance is Lascelles and Shelvey have knocks. Lascelles (ankle) Shelvey (thigh)
    #nufc
    3:02 PM · Aug 26, 2018

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  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #31

    the white tino
    Your name shows you are a racist

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Full squad

    Newcastle United: Martin Dúbravka, DeAndre Yedlin, Federico Fernández, Fabian Schär, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diamé, Ki Sung-yueng, Jacob Murphy, Salomón Rondón.

    Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry, Sean Longstaff, Christian Atsu, Ayoze Pérez, Yoshinori Mut?, Joselu.

    Longstaff and Sterry both in.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Just do not know how to call this game with any sense of accuracy.
    Will our lads get it together, will Rondon do anything – mixed bag of ifs and buts.

    Got to dismiss previous home wins against Chelsea – not relevant – I think.
    Think Chelsea might have a bit too much for us today, 1 – 3 to Chelsea. Hope I’m wrong though.

    1
  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #34

    With these injuries
    It looks like the squad has been training full out
    this week

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #35

    40 Minutes to KO

    0
  • the white tino

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Jibber jabber you know f#ck all about me OK son but I know you are a twat

    4
  • AncientC

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Benitez played 5 at the back against Chelsea last time, but Ritchie was practically playing LB in that game. It’s plausible that the formation was changed due to Shelvey being out.

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  • davetoon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Please don’t even joke about players being sold. With FAshley around you never know

    2
  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Perhaps not the best game for an introduction to the PL, but I have been looking forward to seeing how well Schar plays. Sink or swim perhaps?!

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Oh that’s bad news if lascelles is questioning and falling out with Rafa. Trust him to get things in order but has the potential to cause major damage.

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