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Steve Bruce Given Selection Challenge For Tough Villa Game

Newcastle have a chance to get three wins in a row which we achieved last November – around about this same time – and then manager Rafa Benitez was Manager of the Month for November.

We have had good exciting wins against West Ham (3-2) away and Bournemouth (2-1) at home and scored 5 goals in the process: that compares with a total of only six goals scored in the first 10 games of the season.

It’s good we now seem able to score some goals, and we have shown real attacking intent in those games.

And while the front three of Almiron, Joelinton, and Saint-Maximin have not scored, they have looked very enterprising and created chances galore.

And we now have 10 points from 5 games since we were humiliated 5-0 at Leicester City.

We also missed at least six clear-cut chances in the previous two games when a player was straight through on goal and should have scored.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles is out until the new year, but Florian Lejeune has been chewing at the bit in training.

According to the Newcastle manager, he is now ready (and very able) to make his first appearance of this season.

Steve Bruce – can he make it three wins on the trot?

Ciaran Clark has had a deserved recall to the Ireland side after his terrific form for Newcastle in the previous five games but has picked up a knock so he may be rested on Monday night at Villa Park – as a precaution.

That would allow Steve Bruce to bring in either Dummett or Lejeune on the left side of a back three.

And the excellent Fabian Schar has been training for the last two weeks and is now ready to return to the team (when are we going to give him a new contract?).

So the back three is where Steve Bruce will have problems deciding who will start.

Paul Dummett could play on the left side with Fabian Schar on the right side and the bang in-form Federico Fernandez in the center.

So this could be the side – in a 5-4-1 formation – that will attempt to get us 9 points in 3 games on Monday night in a game televised around the world.

Yedlin Schar Fernandez Dummett Willems
Almiron Shelvey (c) Hayden Saint-Maximin

Sean Longstaff will serve the final game of his three-game suspension, and younger brother Matty could even make the side in place of Shelvey – perhaps.

What would your team be for Monday night?

In early voting, half of our readers think we can win this game.

What Will Be The Result In Monday's Match At Aston Villa?

  • Win (55%, 609 )
  • Draw (28%, 309 )
  • Loss (16%, 181 )

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What do you think?

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Nov 22, 2019 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Mindshaft I cant remember if me or you get along or not, but regardless I know you’re a decent lad for saying what you did. Thanks for sticking up for me and being one if the few to not knock it. These other idiots have other agendas like trying to get me banned because they dont like me.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 22, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #2

    WAKE THE DUCK UP and stop protecting these monsters. I’m sure Jimmy Saville used to bring kids in the boot of a car to Buckingham palace for the craic!! Btw that’s not hearsay either https://youtu.be/BM_RlWkE52w

  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #3

    IrishRob looks like you’ve been given the green light to post this stuff on here.

  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #4
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #5

    #NUFC U23 team to face Benfica: Turner, Sterry, Cass, Francillette, Walters, Young, Sangare, Allan, Anderson, Longelo, Charman.

    Subs: McEntee, Langley, Wilson, Fernández, White, Barrett, Touré.

    Kick-off at Whitley Park for tonight’s #PLInternationalCup game is at 7pm (GMT).


  • IrishRob

    Nov 22, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Jane just watch the link and read some of the comments. #WakeUp

  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #7

    absolutely not. take your crap elsewhere.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Ye are so so so naive on here, ye really are. Its actually sad. How about this, it cant be refuted considering it’s a first world country that filed it.


  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Not sure why someone is bringing paedophilia on to an nufc blog in any case and using such delightful language in doing it.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Btw that warrant is still active in Belgium!! Ye are so shielded from everything by the crown that ye know nothing. Ye want to keep fooling yourselves of the sweet old lady and her sweet family then be my guest. But go on keep changing the subject and talk about the horrible Irishman who just wants to cause trouble.

  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #11

    You can believe whatever you want
    However this is a footy blog and you
    are being deliberately disruptive.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes Rotunda lets all be quiet about it and talk football maybe it will go away. I wind a lot of people up but there is not one thing I’ve said today that was intended to wind anyone up. I believe kids lives matter, I’m a horrible person for that so sorry I’ll stop now! Smh!

  • IrishRob

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail it’s not about believe things, they are facts did Belgium put out an arrest Warren for a number of the royal family for the craic??

  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #14

    “13′ – GOAL – Newcastle United under-23s 1 (Ludwig Francillette) Benfica B 0

    The young Magpies take the lead at Whitley Park as a dangerous corner from Rosaire Longelo finds Francillette inside the box, who cleverly glances the ball into the far corner! #NUFC”

  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #15

    a defender that can score goals!

  • IrishRob

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Dont bother reply. I’ll leave it there I’m talking to the wall. Some of ye should be ashamed of yourselves the way ye choose to ignore and turn a blind eye. I’ve never been more serious, I wind people up a lot on here but nothing I said today was for a wind up. I’ll leave it there!

  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #17

    very sensible IrishRob now what do you think of this..

    “Northern Ireland will host Republic of Ireland in Belfast if both sides win their respective semi-finals at Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovakia.”

  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Dont bother reply!

    “34′ – GOAL – Newcastle United under-23s 1 Benfica B 1 (Daniel Dos Anjos)

    The visitors equalise from the spot as Dos Anjos fires a low spot kick past Turner. “

  • IrishRob

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Looking forward to the occasion Jane, but not the match both sides are rubbish.

  • jane

    Nov 22, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Francillette has got the right physique.



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