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Jonjo Shelvey, Christian Atsu And Federico Fernandez Start Today At Brighton


Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the game at the Amex Stadium this afternoon against Brighton & Hove Albion in the late kickoff game.

A win in this game will see us equal our points total of last season, which was 44 points.

From last Saturday both Jamaal Lascelles (slight stomach problem) and Miguel Almiron (out for the season with a slight hamstring injury) are not available for this game.

Rafa has shocked us a little bit with Jonjo Shelvey coming in for Ki in central midfielder to partner the in-form Isaac Hayden.

Jonjo Shelvey – given a rare start at Brighton

It’s Jonjo’s first start since last November.

As expected Fernandez comes in for captain Jamaal Lascelles and Atsu comes in for Almiron.

About 13 in 20 fans think we can win this game this afternoon against the 4th bottom side.

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After 79 minutes Fulham have just gone ahead via a Ryan Babel goal to lead Cardiff City 1-0 – Brighton fans will be interested in that score.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


180 comments so far

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #81

    Atsu making a nuisance of himself pity about his final touch

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #82

    This is too easy We are just having a stroll in the park , I just we don’t pay for it in the 2nd half. TBH I think Brighton think they are already safe, after all , if Cardiff can’t beat Fulham away then who can they beat?

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #83

    Thanks again Dave D1000 for the stream.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #84

    Hopefully Perez’s injury not too bad, he’s been roughed up well and truly by the Brighton thugs, they deserve to go down imo.

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  • DeanToon88

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #85

    Need another goal to remove any chance of brighton coming back into the game, finish them off off without mercy and get the 3 points. job done

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  • lukes26

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #86

    1 goal & two penalties not given. decent half… but brighton have been abysmal

    hayden’s passing’s been more impressive than shelveys so far.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #87

    We might end up with a reserve team against Liverpool. 🙁

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #88

    I think Shelvey is linking the play up pretty good so far.

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  • Bambams

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #89

    Brighton will be a different team second half, they have stayed in the game by playing defensively, it’s only 1-0 and they cant play that bad again.

    Standing off us too much.

    They will come at us now, we need that second.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #90

    Bambams, which should give us some good chances hopefully.

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  • cyprus

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #91

    Surely it won’t be so easy in the second half.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #92

    Here we go again, HWTL

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #93

    Brighton are the team that came in for Hayden in Jan and he said he would have been happy to take a paycut for the move nearer home.

    Particularly motivated to put in a show today I think. If they survive and come back in we should be asking no less than £15-20m now though.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #94

    Cant give a pen for that, but we’re owed one…..

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  • Bambams

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #95

    Essex

    We need to get at these, too many passes backwards, Brighton are there to be taken apart.

    The next penalty shout we will get.

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  • cyprus

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #96

    That wasn’t a corner. Come on Dean, gives us a penalty.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #97

    Let off from our chronic weakness – set-pieces. Got to sort that out in pre-season.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #98

    Is Kenedy playing?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #99

    Kenedy anonymous since his intro.

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  • IrishRob

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #100

    Has Kennedy done anything since he came on??

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  • manxpie

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #101

    Is Kennedy still on the pitch?

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  • IrishRob

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #102

    I see I’m not the only one who wonders where Kennedy is at.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #103

    Stick Muto in for Atsu Rafa. Give the lad a chance ffs.

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  • Bambams

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #104

    Kenedy is a shadow of last season and why Muto has not had a chance, unless he is thinking about him coming on at 70 mins.

    What the hell we are safe.

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  • GeordieinOhio

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #105

    I guess we are playing with only 10 men …kenedy nowhere to be seen, plus atsu as always giving up on tracking back to defend…we really do miss Miggy

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  • cyprus

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #106

    This Brighton player I want in the summer…

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  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #107

    And here comes their main man. Let’s hope we can get control back in this game.

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #108

    Just like last season, we are safe and we couldn’t give a stuff about accumulating points.

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  • IrishRob

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #109

    Take Kennedy off for Muto and send him straight back to Chelsea. Send him straight home in 1st class.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #110

    Kenedy for 30 million anybody.??
    Too many lightweights in the team
    Atsu kenedy and the baldy heeded fella are so flaky.
    Brighton keep getting slaughtered for sitting back. But we have had one chance and look equally crap. Its the sort of game Bournemouth might win 5 nil.
    Is kenedy on something? he aint on the field.
    Its like 9 men with Atsu and Kenedy in the team.

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  • Bambams

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #111

    Kenedy had no idea what to do there !

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #112

    What the hell was Atsu doing there running behind Hayden on that counter attack!?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #113

    Kenedy is just pure rubbish…

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #114

    Sub the sub, can’t afford passengers. Bring Muto on for the hapless, lazy, awful Kenedy.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #115

    Atsu has never looked as quick as he’s made out to be. Very average pace imho.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #116

    Ki for Shelvey?

    Would have preferred Diame in the circumstances.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #117

    Shelvey has done well today.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #118

    Memo to Mr Charmless……
    You get nowt for 50 million. We can buy Mitro for 40 or Kenedy for 30. Take your pick.
    You call a relegation fight a good season Mr Charmless?????
    A bad season is relegation.
    I get it.
    Nowt to look forward to then.
    No Rafa next season.
    A bad season beckons.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #119

    MOTM so far is Dummett, a defender when we are so much on top is a bit telling.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #120

    Manquillo has done really well preventing crosses coming in.

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