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Lejeune, Manquillo, And Muto All Start Against The Foxes


This is the team Bruce has selected for the match today against Leicester City. As usual, we were way off in our prediction. To think we had Kelland Watts in the starting eleven, and he hasn’t even made the squad.

It’s just two changes from Everton with the surprise selection of Yoshinori Muto, who comes in for Andy Carroll. Javier Manquillo resumes his role at right wing-back.

Bruce is going to go with Florian Lejeune in the back three after his struggles this past weekend. Joelinton and Fabian Schar also shake off knocks to keep their place.

This is the starting eleven that Brendan Rodgers has decided on. It’s the third start for former Magpie Ayoze Perez against us. But there’s no Jamie Vardy to be found, which is good news.

The Foxes sit in second place in the Premier League while Newcastle are in 11th. A loss today could really see us tumble down the table, but it is what it is.

A good performance is expected, especially taking into consideration what happened in the away fixture earlier this year. Hopefully, we’ll get a pleasant surprise, and the lads can start 2020 on the right foot.

Howay The Lads!


199 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jan 1, 2020 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #41

    Jib
    you not at the game,well that’s a surprise,
    have you been to any this century,
    no i thought far to busy on here to attend games,

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 1, 2020 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #42

    Love it people say we dont pass and move under Bruce
    Did we under Rafa!!????

    4
  • hibbit

    Jan 1, 2020 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #43

    no i thought not far to busy on here to attend games,

    8
  • AncientC

    Jan 1, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #44

    Muto up against Evans could get interesting. You would have to expect Leicester will play a high back-line.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #45

    Not much atmosphere here

    A bit of New Year’s Day by U2 on the tannoy. Not much atmosphere yet – guess plenty of fans are outside? Very weird, feels like it’s about 1.30, not five minutes before kick off. (Chronic)

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #46

    Muto starts! Now that I did not expect, should be interesting. Game on!

    0
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #47

    83

    rafa wasn’t long ball so why is bruce doing it then, didn’t take long to change.

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #48

    I hope they don’t boo Ayoze he doesn’t deserve that! Was a loyal servant and left in good terms.

    3
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #49

    Perez looks about 40

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #50

    charlie

    yes and perez linked it rather well more often than not.

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #51

    Not expecting anything today – so 2-0 Newcastle, Muto 2 goals.

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #52

    Lejeune must feel ok in himself. Don’t think he’s the type of bloke who would risk it if he was carrying something, especialy with his recent injury woes

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #53

    light years behind leicester now. will get a rollicking today.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #54

    Blimey that was close, a clear header from a corner parried away by Dubz.

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #55

    Ron Knee

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #45
    Not much atmosphere here

    A bit of New Year’s Day by U2 on the tannoy. Not much atmosphere yet – guess plenty of fans are outside? Very weird, feels like it’s about 1.30, not five minutes before kick off. (Chronic)
    ====================
    the plastic fans will sing for the TV during our next away game.

    1
  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #56

    Willems is a liability, whatever people say. Two saves for Dubravka already.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #57
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #58

    Yeah we don’t havevPerez now and how many people who booed him wish he was still here!!!

    5
  • davetoon

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #59

    Shocking start. At least we didn’t concede.

    0
  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #60

    Long balls not landing where they should. Save number 3.

    0
  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #61

    Muto is putting a shift.

    0
  • peterk3

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #62

    muto in the shop window

    0
  • peterk3

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #63

    Can dubravka not keep hold of the ball

    0
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #64

    Dubravka should have kept hold of that shot.

    0
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #65

    I like Muto and have always found the extent of his omission a bit puzzling from Rafa and now Bruce, when Perez left he was the player most like him in the squad offering similar work rate, ability to win it back high up the pitch and win free-kicks. Not too shabby in the box too. Just never had 5-10 PL starts in a row.

    2
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #66

    Not bad start

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #67

    Leicester without Vardy are not the same team and not as threatening. We can get something out of this. Let’s get at them!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #68

    Need to try and get some sustained possession. I know it’s not our primary strategy, but you have to have a couple of spells to ease up the pressure and mix it up.

    Not making many inroads on the counter so far.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #69

    Mackems one down

    0
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #70

    See the following up by Muto. That’s poacher instinct.

    0
  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #71

    This is painful.

    1
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #72

    They are winning all lose balls far to easy

    0
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #73

    Unlucky Joelinton. That’s better.

    1
  • AncientC

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #74

    Majestic stuff from Shelvey.

    0
  • Bambams

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #75

    Nothing up front ! We are just no threat to opposing teams.

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #76

    Not enough support for Shelvey

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #77

    Just not got the bodies in support when we counter. Shelvey and Muto did good work then needed more options and they didn’t come.

    OH FFS JOELINTON!

    Don;t get much for £40m.

    0
  • Reilly

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #78

    fkin hell

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #79

    Lol wtf happened there

    0
  • peterk3

    Jan 1, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #80

    This is absolutely shocking

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