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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

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #81

    Jail
    I hope they come away very happy!

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #82

    Any faint hope of springing a win have diminished wIth Shelvey being out, and with Lascelles out and a debut for 2 defenders my hope has all but gone.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #83

    8 minutes to KO, back at half time, later chaps.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #84

    Mendacious gutter press saying Lascelle’s dropped because of a dispute with Rafa over tactics. Total codswallop.

    The reverence Lascelles has for Rafa is well documented. Don;t for one moment believe he would suddenly be so disrespectful and arrogant as to suggest he knows better.

    Bad news having both him and Shelvey out, hopefully just minor.

    Gonna go for an optimistic 2-2 and a bit of a mad match.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #85

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #86

    Best result for us with the simultaneous fixture to ours
    would be a Fulham/Burnley draw.

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  • davetoon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #87

    We need to try and attack chelsea today. Arsenal could have scored 6 against them last week.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #88

    Most media outlets reporting the bust up story now so regardless of whether it is true or not it will be the narrative.

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  • Bambams

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #89

    I am bricking it…..

    Just hope the two injuries are ‘injuries’ and nothing more sinister.

    Oh to be a Newcastle United fan

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  • lesh

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #90

    Jiblets

    I do believe that the question about Chi’s BBC letter was raised in this thread – is that not reason enough to respond to it.

    And, can we take it you’re posting from the comfort of a Bishop hospitality suite at SJP? Or even SJP? Or even on your way there or more likely, from hyem?

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #91

    Itll be bishop with this story to get the media to focus on that instead of the protests rafa has just said its an injury and so is shelveys who’s been playing through pain for a few weeks
    Id rather trust him then some rag!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #92

    Prediction

    Newcastle 0 Chelsea 5

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  • Pottsclock

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #93

    Well….given the situation I would say it is unlikely that the team have done much training in this formation. Here’s hoping for the best and let’s see some passion from the new players. At least the weather is with us.

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  • Douglas

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #94

    I am an optimist.
    Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 after 10 minutes.
    Newcastle 1 Chelsea 7 after 96 minutes

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  • Toon Tang

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #95

    Finally we see some new signings. Rafas been listening to me.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #96

    Always seems with Ashley we’ll forever be the underdogs whoever we play. Shocking difference in squad values today. If only he’d sold to the Mansours but greed got the better of him again.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #97

    Ilovetoon1988 full season predictions

    Newcastle 0 – anybody else 5

    [Insert Team] 5 – Newcastle 0

    And repeat.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #98

    Fernandez looks nervous as fusk already!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 26, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #99

    Also glad to see Murphy and Rondon starting.

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  • lesh

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #100

    Essex

    So your suggesting that DubaiM might read the runes too?

    Mmmm, a shrewd and not unexpected response from you and none from DubaiM ……

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #101

    dubai – good stream so far – cheers.

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  • Toon Tang

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #102

    Gianfranco radioing in some chicken alfredo’s

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #103

    Well in ritchie

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #104

    Sorry lads hope iam wrong but this looks lambs to the slaughter you can not take them two players out the team and you’ll get something out a game like this one and for those that said Watford would be in the bottom 3 you really need to have another look there playing some decent stuff my bets down before a balls kick enjoy the game we’ve got it on in cape verde .

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #105

    @ronaldo aarons

    No I never predicted that. I’m realistic.

    This match with the fall outs of our key players means a thrashing. 3 nil loss will be a good result.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #106

    spoke too soon – now buffering.

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  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #107

    Hell of a pace this game is being played at

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  • davetoon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #108

    Positive signs early. Glad were not sitting too deep

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #109

    Diame started well, good vision and pass out to the LW on a couple of occasions.

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  • Douglas

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #110

    OK, so I got that bit about Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 after 10 minutes.
    I still have hope that it will only end up 1-7 though

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #111

    Rondon not doing much running or closing down, dummetts getting loads of space just need to use him

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #112

    A soporific affair so far.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #113

    Someone please tell me what rondon is doing different to mitro rondon look just lazy no challenges no peace another dud i would say if you get your chance you would take so your in the team for the next game i dont rate this rondon .

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #114

    Wicked cross from Dummett.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #115

    Hazards got more chance of injuring himself with the way he goes down!

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  • davetoon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #116

    Nice team job on Hazard. He’s going to feel it after this game

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #117

    Unlucky rondon good opportunity tho

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  • davetoon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #118

    Dammmn massive chance for Rondon

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #119

    Mitro scores again

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  • Canuck Mag

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #120

    2 headers in 2 mins for mitro

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