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Atsu, Carroll, And Sean Longstaff All Start At Burnley


Here is the team that Steve Bruce has selected to face Burnley this afternoon. It has four changes from the win against Southampton.

Steve Bruce has decided to start both Andy Carroll and Joelinton together. We assume that the Brazilian will play on the left in place of Allan Saint-Maximin while Christian Atsu will come in for Miguel Almiron, who will not be risked.

Steve will not risk Jonjo Shelvey either. So we see Sean Longstaff, with a mustache, back into the starting eleven along with Fabian Schar, who is in for Ciaran Clark.

Florian Lejeune comes back into the match-day squad along with Matty Longstaff and Yoshinori Muto. Rob Elliot gets a surprise spot on the bench instead of Karl Darlow.

This is who Burnley manager Sean Dyche will send out for our opponents.

This is another prominent December fixture for Steve Bruce and the boys. We’ve started this crucial month with two wins, and a third here would be an outstanding result. It would propel us well into the top ten.

It won’t be easy as Burnley are a well-coached side coming off three straight defeats. They’ll be ready to redeem themselves at Turf Moor, but hopefully, this makeshift Newcastle team can add to their misery.

Howay The Lads!

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
10Arsenal23-229
11Everton23-729
12Newcastle23-1229
13Southampton23-1328
14Burnley23-1227
15Brighton23-525

142 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #1

    The old Trojan wearing the captain’s armband. Love it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Smart choices. We need more from joelinton and plenty from atsu. Manquillo gets right side as I thought.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Team as expected given the injury news.

    Shame about Shelvey’s injury given his run of form. Hope Atsu takes his chance. Joelinton in his natural and familiar position, hoping to see a different, more relaxed and confident player with the spotlight taken off him and not having to second-guess what he should be doing as a target man. Hope Fernandez is the central CB.

    Scrappy 1-1.

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  • JohnReese

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Perhaps more of a 5-2-1-2? Atsu floating behind Carroll and Joelinton, more likely it’s just going to be Atsu and Joelinton off of Carroll though.

    With what we’ve got available it’s probably the best we can put on the pitch, short of a change in formation.

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  • davetoon

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Agree that there is a lot more required of atsu here with ASM and Miggy out. Need to show those running bursts that he can do when he’s in form.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Great choice of captain too. Not sure how we are going to get up the pitch with such a slow team. Long balls and lots of them I think. Sky just said that we are having a phenomenal season.

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  • Jib

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Fabian Schär im der mittel

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  • jane

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    “We assume that the Brazilian will play on the left in place of Allan Saint-Maximin while Christian Atsu will come in for Miguel Almiron, who will not be risked.”

    doesn’t Atsu usually play on the left?

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  • Jib

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Mind the site that said that
    Have Carroll on the LW and Joelinton up top

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Rotunda up to mischief commenting on the injuries without fully saying that it’s all Bruce’s fault. Until now we have done very well with injuries and he has managed Carroll well. Great to have the big man as captain. Htl.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Nah jib, the big thatcher lover in the middle. 🙂

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  • TheJimBelow

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Schär to get a goal today, Fernández will be vital against the big Burnley strikers at the back!!
    Hopefully another 3 points today while suffering from the injuries to tide us over 🙂

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  • AncientC

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t believe this game will live up to the billing of being boring. Both sides are no great shakes in possession; there should be a lot of direct football being played.

    It very well could be that most of the football gets played in both final thirds.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Team

    Newcastle United: Martin Dúbravka, Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schär, Federico Fernández, Paul Dummett, Jetro Willems, Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Christian Atsu, Joelinton, Andy Carroll.

    Substitutes: Rob Elliot, DeAndre Yedlin, Emil Krafth, Florian Lejeune, Matty Longstaff, Yoshinori Muto, Dwight Gayle.

    Wow, exactly as I predicted! 🙂

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  • jane

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #15

    “The use of video assistant referees for marginal offside decisions could be amended next season if a joint bid by Uefa and the home nations’ football associations succeeds.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50762363

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16

    39 Minutes to KO

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Any one got a stream or two, I can’t seem to find one?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Atsu can play either side and with our wingbacks doing well recently in getting up the pitch and joining attacks, having inside forwards to leave more space for overlaps has been working well.

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  • Sports Direct FC

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Will be interesting to see the formation with that group. Maybe a 4-4-2 with Willems and Atsu out wide??

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #20

    That article is slightly misleading. UEFA don’t have a place on IFAB. It is Fifa, the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish FA’s that vote on football rule/law changes. UEFA do as they are told within the scope afforded by any changes.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Shame about some of the injuries but like they say, it gives opportunities to others. Hope Fernandez plays in the centre of the 3 cbs rather than schar. Think Fernandez should have been captain too but not a big deal I guess.

    Joelinton out of the target man role is good and is in a more familiar role albeit will likely be a lot deeper than he’s used to. Think he’ll show a bit more but still not expecting too much seeing as he’s still adjusting and his confidence has likely been battered.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Jane
    Before atsu came to Newcastle he was primarily used on the right more times than the left. He can do both but to be fair his better performances for us have tended to be on the left.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Supposed to be very windy in Burnley today, long balls might be interesting and could cause bother and mistakes.

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  • martoon

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #24

    I thought Shelvey was doubtful when he was seen out last night.
    The team looks OK but the bench a bit weak.

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  • Jib

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #25

    EGB
    Closer to KO
    I’ll have one

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d be saying to longstaff to shoot on sight today 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Munster

    Specsavers job for you my lad. I haven’t mentioned injuries, unless Jib has hacked my account again.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib

    Cheers mate.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    ronaldo

    at least the team has been doing well, in spite of his personal form, so he may not be too affected

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Rolando

    And telling Fernandes to follow up on site! 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Or sight even! 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #32

    not sure we should be trying to match Burnley’s hoof ball to 2 big lumps. they’ve conceded a lot lately to pace in behind them making the St a big miss fir us today. However, maybe Muto could be good today. Then again…

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  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #34

    https://www.vipstand.se/tag/burnley-live-sports-stream
    https://www.eplsite.uk/stream16.html

    I think – I’ve used top one a few times, always seems to be decent.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Rotonda,
    I don’t think we should be looking to match them, but I don’t think Burnley, after conceding 11 in 3, will play a high line which would negate the pace and our ability to break and cause them the same sort of problems we did to West Ham, Man City, Sheff Utd and several other teams.

    I think we need a touch more guile today. St Max could have given us some of that, but the final ball, line breaking pass, is still a bit of an unkown with him. Not convinced we have a touch more guile with what is selected, but we will wait to see if we have changes within our approach to the game before we will really know.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #36

    I don’t see much of pace in this line up, really. Don’t know how we are going to break Burnley down. Hope Schär can send some through’s. That’s it. Not excited.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Interesting to see Joelinton not as the focal point off attack, i cant see him doing much as a winger though tbh want to see him playing off Carrol more.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Today is very much a test of whether Bruce can implement a plan b, which if he can, is a big feather in his cap.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #39

    We’ve shown numerous times we’re good at scrapping, following up loose balls in the penalty area and dangerous from set-pieces, so I don’t know why suddenly people have this idea we ‘break teams down’ as if we’re Man City. Sure we might not counter as effectively as usual, but those ultimately aren’t what have brought us goals anyway.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 14, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Nope can’t get either working for me! 🙁

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