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Our Predicted Starting Eleven At Tottenham – A Return To Arsenal For Bruce?

We think Steve Bruce is going to return to the line-up that started against Arsenal two weeks ago. He has hinted that Sean Longstaff may return in his press conference today. We also think that Javier Manquillo will get back into the squad.

Steve Bruce will not change the formation for the trip to Spurs as stated in his press conference this morning:

“I thought we did very very well against Arsenal for a large part of the game. So I think we can talk about formations, and this, that, and the other. But it’s you you really perform.

“We may tinker a little bit and change one or two things. I think it’s too early to start really radically changing formations. We’ve only played twice.”

We have taken the cue from this statement that Bruce may be thinking of using the same line-up he used against Arsenal. While that may be a simple-minded approach, we just have a feeling that is what he will do.

It also looks like Allan Saint-Maximin will make the trip to London. So the bench will look something like this:

Karl Darlow, Jetro Willems, Federico Fernandez, Ki Sung-yueng, Emil Krafth, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Yoshinori Muto.

62 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice one, I’m the best!!!!

  • IrishRob

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Is this the twilight zone or something seriously?? He keeps saying we did well against Arsenal, but we played really quite poorly against an Arsenal side who were playing at about 40% of their level..

    He keeps saying it like it’s some kinda bar or level we need to get back to. If that’s our level then relegate us now please!!

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Hmmmm, result against Spurs?
    How to put this, Spurs football team is the Proctology Doctor, Newcastle football team is the patient.
    Afternoon Newcastle, seems polite from the Spurs football team, drop your pants, wow that was quick no offering of a drink first, Spurs, no that’s at half time your going to need it.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    I cant see the point in relying on shelvey if he is strolling around waiting to grab a breather.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5


    Nearly but not quite right, I’d give you 5 out of 10.

    Didn’t this whole debate start with you wanting to know who I was Genj was and who all of the TMG are?

    Twisting again.

    I know what you are, I dont care who you are. You’re a poisonous liar.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Starting Eleven,
    Dubs, Elliot, Darlow, Jamaal, Fernandez, Dummet, Manny, Yeds, Krafth, Schar with Migs midfielder / attacker.
    Essentially the formation is 10 – 1

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7


    You’ve deliberately misled the blog or misled a room full of people, doesn’t matter what else you have to say.

    You’ve caught yourself out after deliberately trying to catch others out.

    For two weeks you’ve tried every trick to discredit and bad mouth TMG and fans who protest and boycott, apart from possibly Toon22 I doubt theres a regular poster who berates the fans who go the way you berate those who don’t.

    Your agenda is there for everyone to see and how you go about it.

    You dont speak for me, I dont speak for you, it’s as easy as that, nothing else for us to say to each other.

    Enjoy your bank holiday weekend because I certainly will.

  • Reilly

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Bruce: “I’m sure other manager’s teams didn’t play well last weekend either.”

    He fill’s you with confidence dosen’t he.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #9


    I turn the sound off

  • posada

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:06 PM
    Comment #7
    posada – think you’re taking this blog a bit too seriously, it’s mostly internet warriors and old men who like a bit of a rant and moan. they love it when somebody bites.
    You could be right.
    However, It is essentially intimidation.
    Sure I’ve given stuff back.
    Thing is though this lot pounce on anyone who still goes.
    Liar – He could not say that in the real world and get away with it.
    You won’t ever see him in the real world.
    You won’t see him at the ground next game with his leaflets.
    Small meetings of like minded types where he can play the hero.
    Blogs, twitter etc.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Bruce chops and changes the team formation more that Bruce Lee chops up the bad guys.

    No doubt the cockney boys will all be there to watch

    Enter the Fat Dragon Mike Ashley

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #12

    All we can ask for against Spurs is an organised, strong, confident performance. The result isn’t so important as us actually competing!

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #13


    I’ll be there and you’ll see and hear me, unlike you I’m no sneak.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyway off to enjoy the sun hope you all have a great time, even the ones who are bitter and twisted, as the sun may walk your cold hearts.

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m actually intrigued by this match on Sunday
    Was Norwich an aberration ?
    What is the team spirit really like ?
    Surely the defence of last season hasn’t forgotten everything.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #16


  • posada

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #17

    I have no desire to know who they are.
    I did ask how many members do they have.
    It would appear it’s about 6 or 7 if their meeting is anything to go by.

    Misled ? Who and how ?
    I did not want to give an account of their meeting.
    Only did so when called a liar.

    This fella does enough to discredit TMG.
    No match goers left on this blog or so it seems at times.
    BB, BSIB and myself.
    Should tell folks all they need to know.

    TMG probably don’t want to cause this grief for match goers.
    However, they need to be careful.
    Firing up nut jobs into doing something silly.

  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #18


    Just another day on the blog

    Hiya KBA

  • Just a fan

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Gave a well balanced reply to if he was there.
    Was he there or not.the plot thickens.
    Can’t wait for the next installment.lol.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Before I go, nearly forgot..


    You’re missing a trick lad, should your name not be “TOM CRUISE”

    I’ll let you have that


  • posada

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #21

    A sneak is a person who shouts boycott and fails to mention he has not been for 8 years.
    If Rafa goes I go.
    You went years before he even came.

    Laugh, I once thought about buying a ticket.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #22

    It won’t be much surprise to anybody if Bruce plays 352. But does he really have to announce this a day before the game. This will be of interest to one of the best managers in the PL pochetino. Who now has time to work out all the different tactics he will need to win the game. Nice one Bruce!!

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #23


    Id say a sneak is someone who uses failed threats and then calls that person a key board warrior.

    Read you like a book

    I was never part of if Ashley goes we go.

    Like I said I’m off out but keep digging, I’m sure your entertaining everyone.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Vailed threats

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Veiled threats


  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #26

    If fit ASM needs to start.

    Highest successful dribbles in European leagues last season. You need players who can dribble past 2 or 3 to break a teams defensive shape as one is beaten it draws another out of position making space for teammates.

    Almiron needs to be played out wide primarily and drift in behind the lines. Gets buffested and bashed around too easily trying to come deep picking up the ball with his back to goal.

    Schar needs dropping. he’s been awful in our opening two. Under Rafa he’d hit 2 or 3 sublime passes a match in the right circumstance. His decision making has been abysmal under Bruce. Every pass he’s elaborating now for the sake of it and gallivanting forward with abandon too, leaving us wide open. Lost all discipline.

    Shelvey needs dropping because he has quickly reverted to old habits and isn;t even demanding the ball and doing anything with it to make up for it.

    With all that in mind, my team would be (I know Bruce isn;t going to change formation and go with something similar again):


    Stop using Joelinton as a target man and keep it on the ground.

    Fernandez in to give us some more defensive know-how and grit.

    Manquillo back in for Krafth.

    Dummett back in in best position.

    Ritchie back to his RWF role where he can provide a threat cutting in and work with Manquillo on the overlap. Will help the high press too with him and Almiron up there. Two hardwoking widemen who will track back to double up.

    Predicted lineup:

    Same as last time except maybe Krafth out for Manquillo and Longstaff for Ki.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Where’s Bobbybee?

    It’s like the Batman and the Joker, he’s just too much fun.

  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #28



    Get yourself a gravatar so your at least you on this blog
    Maybe JIB should do the same

    Lots to say, but dont seem to want to prove your not an alt of anyone

    Always though it was odd some regular posters dont seem to care what Neil said was best for the blog

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #29


    The pressure is obviously getting to him so he feels the need to defend himself. He needs to be more composed and motivate his players behind closed doors.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Well if it’s not PR it really does look like it. Why attack everything to do with protest about Ashley if you aren’t on his side? I take it that’s the motive.

  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Im sure its not beyond these people to do as its been widely accepted its best
    Only one reason why you would choose not to


  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Bleatin’ n Bruced

    When you see it
    You see it

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Soccer AM@SoccerAM

    Sorry to inform you of this stat, Newcastle United fans:

    Newcastle United are yet to complete a pass inside the opposition box.

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #34

    I don’t think a boycott will achieve much as the revenue lost won’t be massive in comparison to what we get from TV revenue. But I wouldn’t say it’s a bad idea and it every little helps to target Ashley.

    I think there are a number of things which could be done to make a difference:

    – banners at home and away games
    – work with other clubs who have suffered (sunderland, bury, bolton, etc) to try and get some change from government/the FA to make football clubs have protected status like listed buildings, national parks, heritage sites due to their importance to communities
    – continue with protests
    – target SD with regular blockades at distribution centres
    – target SD online (eg have people make complaints to the store which take up significant admin resource, have people submit freedom of information requests under GDPR legislation which have tight timescales and again impacts his resource)

    There needs to be a much more joined up approach. If a fan wants to keep attending, let them, but support them to push for change in other ways. People need to accept that every person won’t do every single form or protest, just get people to do as much as they can and it will add up.

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Not sure if anyone is a member/user of the website 4chan but they are great at protests/civil disobedience and attracting attention to a cause.

    If any of our fans are there, that could be another place to get something going.

  • Just a fan

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #36

    I don’t have an avatar because it portrays an image.an image which may or may not be me.
    Eg if I had dogs or cats you may think I’m a cat or dog lover.
    I would like a plane colour like Jane’s but we all know what accusations that would lead to.
    As for your avatar don’t worry I don’t think your pond life.just mad as a bag of frogs .

  • posada

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Please, please.
    Get yourself along to the next public meeting of TMG.
    Only thing is you will have to prove you are NOT posada or they won’t let you in.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #38

    @Transfer Sage

    Can people forget about the whole match day revenue not meaning anything to Ashley, Yous are not seeing the bigger picture. Do you think the owners of Inter Milan and these other clubs cared about the ticket sales they missed out on or the massive hit on their reputation and media coverage of their boycotts?

  • toon22

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #39

    JIB and the rest of his alts don’t have gravstars due to it making it a bit harder to manage loads of alts


    Probably the lamest excuse imaginable as your response


  • ChicoUSA

    Aug 23, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Bruce bingo lineup:

    Schar, Lascelles, Dummett
    Manquillo, Hayden, Long-Sean, Ritchie
    Almiron, ASM

    Same formation as used last season. If ASM not able to go, then move Almiron over to left and play Muto in Ayoze’s old spot.


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