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Bruce Makes Eight Changes In Our Predicted Team For Manchester City


Here is our predicted line-up for tomorrow’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City. It has 8 changes from the draw against Aston Villa.

Bruce will be forced into quite a few changes but could also want to rotate in a few players to keep them in the mix. This team represents a mixture of that thinking.

The Chronicle is reporting that Jonjo Shelvey has joined Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie as doubts for tomorrow’s match. So we’ve left all three of them out as it would be a risk for them to play three games in eight days.

The Chronicle also reports that Nabil Bentaleb will be suspended due to receiving yellow cards against Oxford in the replay and West Brom. However, my understanding is that yellow cards are wiped at the quarter-finals. Chris Waugh also has him as available but nufc.com has him as suspended.

So we are not too certain, but if he is unavailable, then we suppose Bruce is in a dilemma in midfield unless Sean Longstaff is ready to go.

Upfront, there’s a strong possibility Bruce will want to go with Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle together from the start. They linked up well for Gayle’s goal against Aston Villa.

It’s a risk to play Allan Saint-Maximin, but Bruce has shown he isn’t exactly risk-averse when it comes to playing his star winger this season. On the right-wing, Valentino Lazaro is an obvious choice for Matt Ritchie.

The back four sees two changes with Fabian Schar coming in for Federico Fernandez and Emil Krafth in for Javier Manquillo. We think Bruce will be making these changes to get Fabian and Emil some time on the pitch. Krafth is a better choice in a back four than DeAndre Yedlin.

Finally, Bruce sticks with Karl Darlow as his FA Cup keeper. Karl has been so unfortunate this season and has played well so far in the tournament.

There’s a lot of changes here, and we’re not sure Bruce has the stomach for this many. But I guess we’ll find out tomorrow evening.

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80 comments so far

  • WLtoon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Northumbrian, from previous

    Well at least you enjoyed the Port, shame about the hangover. Maybe try just a couple of glasses next time 🙂

    1
  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #2

    1st…

    2
  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Damn you WL lol

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Ghost Toon

    Haha, spoilt your night mate.

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  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Innit lol

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  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #6

    How ya keeping WL

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #7

    WL toon

    Take a look mate:

    https://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/exclusive-what-new-pcp-partners-and-st-james-holdings-charge-really-means-newcastle-united-saudi-takeover-2537873

    Compare what he says to what others are claiming. He doesn’t deny the link, but he makes it very clear that it is “guesswork” at this point.

    He also only claims there may have been a £13m deposit for some unknown purpose, where subsequent claims have repeatedly been made of a £17m deposit to buy our club.

    We are being lied to.

    1
  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #8

    So after 3 months
    And om her 2nd attempt

    We still know absolutely nowt
    Not a thing
    No comment

    But somehow were supposed to stay positive after being strung along for the longest period in the turds history at our club

    JIB
    Hiya Lee

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Kev V

    Keiren Maguire is giving his opinion just the same as every other outsider that knows nothing about the facts of any takeover, not just ours.
    Are you suggesting that what he says is swaying you into believing a deal has not been struck?
    Why don`t you read RedRose Michelle to balance it out, or don`t you want to read her views on it?

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  • jimiley

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #10

    We need charmless to make more free signings to expand the squad. I am sure the Saudis will be delighted with the quality so far. Makes a lot of sense for a person who might get sacked next week to be calling the shots.
    Or is he staying?

    3
  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon 22

    Did you see that Sport Direct advert?

    Its not on mainstream tv (as far as I know), was watching challenge tv wid the missus, some classic gameshow action (as you do) and it was on there.

    1
  • WLtoon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Ghost Toon,

    Doing ok dude , cheers. Had a hell of a fall on the bike a couple of days ago though, not good. Wearing just a vest and shorts is,nt much protection against concrete lol,

    Hows things with you ?

    2
  • Northumbrian

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #13

    WL from previous:: was a mental night the stewardess ordered 5 cases just for the lads at cost price like.

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  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #14

    GhostToon

    No i cant find it

    2
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #15

    WL toon

    I’m not saying this sways me against it, I’m saying it doesn’t sway me towards it, and this is STILL supposed to be our best bit of evidence, 3 months down the line.

    If you want the reasons I’m doubtful, I’ll happily list them. The two most important are:

    This comes after a decade of lies from MA

    And

    The owner having no reason to sell while he is making £50m a year off the club.

    These two alone are always going to make me sceptical without seeing proof, and we definitely don’t have proof yet.

    2
  • jimiley

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #16

    I am sure the Saudis will be delighted with a very average fullback being given a 4 year extension and a CF who is fit for about 5 games a season being given an extra year.
    It fits right in with their ethos to make us challengers in a few years.
    Or are they not coming and have no say in toon affairs?

    4
  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #17

    JIB

    Youll know all about it
    Ask Keith for a link so we can ridicule it

    😉

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed, love the headline

    Bruce Makes Eight Changes In Our Predicted Team For Manchester City

    Don’t think Bruce does anything of the sort.

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  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #19

    WL

    Ouch that sounds harsh bud.

    Im hanging in there. My dishwasher flooded the kitchen the other day so cleaned out the dilters and got broken glass stuck in finger. Claret everywhere… Apart from that not too bad cheers. Wish this takeover bollix would happen.

    1
  • TomaKaThor

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Unfortunately without our ultra defensive 5 at the back I can’t see us getting anything but battered tommorow

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  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Sat night so aving aving a few cheeky Jd’s.

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  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #22

    jimiley

    You can bet theres a load of top clubs gutted at missing out on AC

    😉

    0
  • WLtoon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Northumbrian,

    5 cases ffs wow, it`s a wonder none of them don`t suffer from Gout.

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  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #24

    I wouldnt be surprised if cabbage heed played the same team again
    Regardless if some of them are injured

    3
  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #25

    TomaKaThor

    Keep the faith bro we have Bruces tactical nous to steal a win tomorrow.

    1
  • jimiley

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #26

    14 weeks and waiting.
    There are of course no red flags.
    The delay is all to do with the virus.
    Everybody is too ill or pissed off to make a decision.and the messenger pigeon sent to Staveley got lost with the answer. As soon as it finds itself it will redirect to Mandy.
    But there are no red flags and nowt to worry about

    3
  • JohnReese

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #27

    KV,

    Why is it so important for you to try and shout everybody down? There’s no benefit in it for you, you’re clearly not going to change anyone’s opinion, just as they’re not going to change yours.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Ghost Toon,

    Sorry to hear about your little accident there mate, but as long as you are well.. And by the way, have a JD for me.

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  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Toon22

    He’s a tactical genius you need to show some faith bro

    1
  • toon22

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #30
  • Thump

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #31

    @Jimiley: The more time left on a contract, the more you can receive when said contract is bought out.

    Regardless, it doesn’t matter because:

    1.) We won’t transform the team overnight, so we’ll need players who can do a job in the mean time.
    2.) We don’t know what the consortium’s vision is for the club, and how they plan to get there, see point 1.
    3.) Our prospective new owners probably don’t have much of a say at this stage.

    Until we’re told otherwise, NUFC is still owned by Ashley.

    3
  • Northumbrian

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #32

    WL ,,funny that no no has but one went down with plantar fasciitis.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Toon
    Is kenny available to manage somewhere. Perhaps we can offload Andy to kenny for 35 million? Fat man is short of casino cash

    2
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon22

    I believe that headline should say “pretends”, rather than “confirms”.

    How could you not sell in 12 years of trying?

    He’s a liar. Won’t sell until we’re not profitable. People need to realise this and cut off his revenue. Boycott the toon until he’s gone. It’s the only way.

    0
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Thump

    Caulkin reckoned the new owners would have been notified of these activities. Do you think he is wrong?

    I do.

    1
  • GhostToon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #37

    WL

    Will do bud av a few cheeky ports for me.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #38

    KV,

    Like i said before, the club will be an embarrassment if he is still around next season, the empty seats will tell its own story, and i am not talking about a few thousand. It`s all bad publicity for Ashley.
    Relegation could finally be the deciding factor in the fat twat selling up. It is worth his while to sell up now while he can get the going rate.
    No way will he get 50M return each year outside the PL.

    1
  • jimiley

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon
    Ashley has been confirming a sale for 10 years. H e just cannot find a buyer. Funny that. Toon is the longest running sale saga in the history of football.
    This latest takeover is a classic and is the longest owners test ever.
    The only thing that beats either is our record for a domestic trophy. The last title was shortly before the battle of Hastings in 1065 when they played with pig bladders and 43 a side

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 27, 2020 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #40

    JohnReese

    Just trying to join the dots mate. I’m on #87 but can’t find #88. Pretty sure the picture is going to be a fat slug laughing while sitting on a pile of cash, though.

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