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Three Changes In Our Predicted Eleven For Rochdale

Let’s try this again. I’ve updated this article since Kelland Watts is cup-tied. 🙂

This is the team we predict Steve Bruce will select to try to advance to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup on the second attempt against Rochdale. It has three changes from the draw at Wolves.

During Bruce’s press conference this morning, he stressed that he wants a cup run this year. He seems committed to fielding as strong a team as possible, so we’re only going with three changes from the weekend.

Joelinton is questionable with a groin injury, but we think Bruce will give him the start despite Andy Carroll playing just 15 minutes on Saturday.

Bruce hinted this morning that he sees this game as the perfect opportunity for Joelinton to reopen his Newcastle account and gain some much-needed confidence.

The wingers pick themselves as we really have little else in the squad. However, young Tom Allan should make the bench and could play a part in the second half.

The midfield will likely also be the Longstaff brothers for a third straight time. Since there are no right-backs available, Isaac Hayden could be called upon to play there for a second straight game.

Another option could be Jamie Sterry but Bruce is reluctant to use any of the senior players who weren’t handed a squad number this year.

Florian Lejeune played most of the Wolves match with Paul Dummett going down early with another hamstring injury. With so few options at center-back he could get back in the starting eleven.

Though, after what happened against Everton and Leceister, hopefully, Bruce will find another option other than using the Frenchman.

Ciaran Clark also played the entire game on Saturday after being out for a month. We have Clark starting tomorrow, though we wouldn’t be surprised if he was rested.

In goal, it’s Martin Dubravka once again. Dubravka started the match at Rochdale, and Bruce may very well keep with the Slovakian for this one as well. If that’s the case, that surely spells the end for Karl Darlow at Newcastle.

The bench could look something like this with Jamaal Lascelles due to make the squad:

Darlow, Willems, Lascelles, Cass, Ki, Carroll, Allan

We have Ki available because he is in the matchday programme.

We’ll take Steve Bruce at his word that he’ll field a strong team tomorrow. If all the lads can get through the match unscathed and advance to the next round, that will be a successful evening at St James Park.

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45 comments so far

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Why do we persist with Atsu? is he even a footballer?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Perez – I felt sorry for the grief he got last year it was unwarranted as without him last year we would of struggled to stay up.
    It seems like each season we have a fall guy who gets dogs abuse
    Looks like JoeLinton is the player this season.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Is it wise to risk Dubravka?

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #4

    It was Atsu at the weekend, Charlie.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s always someone
    Not a great Atsu fan get frustrated with him – blows hot and cold looks lazy at times.
    Still not fair to give the lad dogs abuse

  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Bruce wants a cup run ?
    The whole idea of the cup is to win it so that’s a good few matches and increasingly against Premiership teams
    So that puts at risk our squad and premiership position

    Dubs should not be playing against Rochdale, it’s time for Darlow or has Bruce basically consigned him to never playing for us again

    This game at least should be time for a younger team to get the result…..and for us not to risk Miggy or Dubs and some others as well

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #7

    But the poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
    The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
    Whose honest heart is still his master’s own,
    Who labors, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
    Unhonored falls, unnoticed all his worth,
    Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth —
    While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,
    And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven. (Lord Byron)

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #8

    No dogs abuse coming from me just asking a genuine question, what does he bring to the team? Let me answer that. Give sthe ball away most of the time, crosses are never creative and more than often end up off the pitch and will not work…………Terrible. Why npot bleed a youngun who will give his all?

    Keep Atsu to underperform against Chelsea 😀

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 13, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #9

    ‘Man, vain insect‘ who is doing his level best to fu*k up planet earth

  • dougie

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Great post that Ron@7.Mans greatest companion and every word true.

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Why not bleed a youngun who will give his all?

    Using leeches ?

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Never done the job but how tiring can it be playing in goal? 🙂

    Anyway would still play someone else, give them a chance and also put a semblance of pressure on Dubravka.

    Elliott had some super games and great saves for us, we forget. And darlow only made a couple mistakes poor lad. Show me an errorless keeper.

  • Jon Bon Geordie

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Was it not Atsu whose delightful dinked ball set up Joelinton for his only goal of the season?

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Christian Atsu has 3 assists, despite limited playing time, in the Premier League this season. That puts him level with Andy Carroll at the top of the leaderboard for that particular stat.

    Not bad for someone who always gets more abuse than praise amongst our fan base.

    He’s also a thoroughly decent human being, working for childrens’ charities in Ghana and the UK, such as Arms Around the Child which supports victims of child abuse and promotes education in some of the most deprived areas of Africa



  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Jon Bon Geordie. Aye…..fair point lets sell him for 40m for setting up his one goal ……….

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Agreed, Charlie & dougie!

  • toon22

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #17


    You getting ahead of the press releases again ?
    Let’s see if Muto goes for 10.5M


  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Bruce’s great relationship with Ashley will bring about some big signings this month. The future is looking bright.

  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #20


    are you “the sensible monk” in the comments section of the mag article ????

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #21

    I’d risk Dubs, if he gets injured we can try Joelinton in goal

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #22

    So no one has pointed out the obvious flaw in Ed’s projected team, yet!!! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Sorry, Neill’s projected team!

  • Neil Harrison

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #24


    Watts is cup-tied. I’ve rewritten the article with Lejeune in for Watts.

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #25

    toon22 thinks I am

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #26

    I would imagine that an EPL GK probably burns as many calories as most of the outfield players, apart from Miggy of course!

    Dubs needs to be given a break and Darlow needs to have a run out, no brainer for me!

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #27

    I do think a lot of the commenters (commentators ?) on the MAG
    post on here.
    I never comment on the MAG it’s an embarrasment

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #28

    The point is not whether a GK gets tired
    It’s the risk of injury

  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #29


    Two points:

    Robertson from Dundee to Hull on 29 July. Note the date – the sort of early timing Rafa was asking for but no, Ashley knows best


    Jiblets the Sensible Monk? The thought had crossed my mind too but surely he hasn’t got time to scan and post on two blogs while googling, checking Wiki and doing his computer-based day job? Now that’s what I’d call multi-tasking.

  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #30

    i can see were he’s coming from, the monk definitely writes in your very abrasive style 😀

  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Matt Ritchie needs some minutes here

  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Bruce’s putting himself in a difficult situation over Rochdale. He’ll be risking senior players and cup or no cup, they’re the ones who he’s going to be looking at to save avoid a facing a relegation scrap, again.

    There must be enough talent in the under 23s to beat Rochdale and they’d be fresh and dare I say it, more cavalier in their approach to the game – going for it, if they’re allowed to.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #33


    Ah, OK, but what you are now suggesting is a full strength team for Rochdale which I think would be a bad move for us. It just needs a couple more injuries to key players and we could end up having to put kids in against Chelsea.

    Better imo to utilise the kids for the cup match.

    Francilette for Clarke, Fernandez or Lejeune. Allan for Miggy (he needs a rest) and Charman, Toure or Sorensen for Joelinton (especially if he has been carrying an injury). I’d play a couple more but I doubt if Brucie will go that far!!

  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #34


    Are you suggesting the sensible monk’s got the same personality traits as you? Nah, surely not. Nature’s clever but even it must have a Quality Control department!

  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #35


    Great minds etc

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Aye but it’s fatigue that can lead to injuries!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #37



  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Fatigue ?
    More like big hairy arsed League 1 strikers battering into one

  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #39

    I’d go full strength
    Plenty of recovery time

  • Shelvey

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Need to play offensive football home against a league 1 side. I would go for 4-2-3-1 and rest Almiron. Only use him last 20 minutes if we need a goal.

    Can rolando Aarons be included in the squad or is he cup tied?


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