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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

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #41

    If Wilbraham’s going to flatten our goalie
    I’d much rather it was Darlow
    Sorry Karl

  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #42


    League 1 strikers are more small and nimble

    Adebayo Akinfenwa A prime example of this
    Wouldn’t barge his way through a paper cup

  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #43

    would the rest not do Joelinton more good,
    if as Bruce says he’s carrying a knock/niggle over from the wolves game,

  • Neil Harrison

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #44


    Hopefully, he’ll give some youngsters a chance. I think Francillette is a good choice. I probably should have put him in instead of Lejeune. I have a feeling Allan will get come on at some point as well. Don’t think it’ll be more than one or two though.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #45

    For the FA cup rematch Bruce should get two youngsters starting at full back, in a 442.
    Willems is not listed as injured, so could start and bring Joelinton on as striker later in the game when there is more space and time. Or even start Ritchie at RB, Atsu RW and either Allen or SORENSEN as a forward.
    We should not be fearing them, not play all defensive as per and if we lose, F’it.



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