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Bruce Makes Four Changes In Our Predicted Lineup For Chelsea



This is the team we think Steve Bruce will name for tomorrow’s match at St James Park against Chelsea. It has four changes from the defeat at Southampton.

Hopefully, Bruce will play it safe and not risk Callum Wilson, Jonjo Shelvey, or Matt Ritchie. Our team is predicated on that assumption. There’s also a good probability that he stays with three men at the back with wingbacks.

There’s a good chance both Ciaran Clark and Matty Longstaff come into Bruce’s thinking for this one. Clark was a late call up for the Republic of Ireland but did not feature.

He was outstanding when fit last season on the left side of the back three. Fabian Schar gets dropped to make way for the 31-year-old. The other defenders keep their place with Jamal Lewis and Jacob Murphy returning to the flanks.

The midfield sees two changes with Bruce bringing Isaac Hayden back into the defensive midfield role and Matty Longstaff replacing his brother Sean in midfield. Bruce has to drop Jeff Hendrick at some point as he’s just not produced the goods of late. It’s a tough call on Sean but Matty is really desperate for game time.

We could see Miguel Almiron left out with him only returning to Newcastle late Thursday. However, he didn’t play for Paraguay against Bolivia on Tuesday so we’re edging toward him getting another start.

Upfront, Allan Saint-Maximin stays as the number 10, though he really hasn’t impressed there over the past three matches. Joelinton gets the call over Andy Carroll as he is more versatile if changes need to be made on the fly.

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169 comments so far

  • JohnReese

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Never cared much for Agbonlahor anyway, he was a sprinter not a footballer but these lazy stereotypes that we’re deluded fans really drive me mad. Unless you’ve watched our games and had to put up with the turgid style of play, the lack of attacking intent and the inability to complete more than 2 passes in succession like 99% of our fans do every week. You shouldn’t have an opinion, yes if you just looked at the table you’d probably say we’re doing fine. For someone who is payed to give fair, unbiased opinion, that is not good enough.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    He will only play Almiron if hes forced to, I.e if Wilson plays I guarantee you Miggy wont. Knowing bruce there is every chance Wilson plays. BruceOut!!!!!!!!!

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  • lesh

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Hibbit

    Talksport really has it in for NUFC and I wonder why. I can’t think of any reason why they should be unless it’s one or both of:

    Conditioning a negative public opinion on NUFC’s potential to challenge the so called big six

    Or

    Manufacturing controversy to boost its audience ratings

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    So that’s who it was on TS last night.
    Did anyone listen to the Rafa interview, did he say anything juicy.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    I like the way these football talk shows always get people, who know feck all about Newcastle United, to give their opinion of Newcastle United. Amazing.

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  • Swlabr

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Novo…and haven’t a clue what “deluded” really means. Just heard other cranks call us that, and jumped on the bandwagon.

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  • Not another deJong

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa said that you have to be honest and realistic with NUFC fans. He indirectly said that he would come back if there was a take over and no longer under contract in China.

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  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    lads wasn’t gonna say owt got all excited last night so i decided to have a couple of Vodka’s with fresh orange juice , any way i went in the freezer to get some ice didnt have any i looked all thru the freezer came across some ice Lollie’s , so i snapped a couple up made a drink popped the smashed up ice lollie’s into my drink and may i add i enjoyed it so much i made another , the ice Lolli’s were cider flavour , worked out quite good . might have a couple more tonight 😉

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Agbonlahor – bullied as a child because he had a girl’s name and been looking to dish it out to others ever since.

    Pffft!

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  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Not long now lads and we’ll be the darlings of the PL again …

    1
  • peter5199

    Nov 20, 2020 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #13

    How long has Milo Harrison been on the blog? Fist time I have noticed him!

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  • Northumbrian

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #15
  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Gobby Agbonlahor

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  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Is that the Xmas tree formation Bruce will play?

    Very seasonal

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  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #18

    “Bruce has to drop Jeff Hendrick at some point as he’s just not produced the goods of late.”

    Neil

    Wanna bet?

    First on the team sheet for some bizarre reason.

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  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #19

    NORTH , brilliant mate it brought a tear or two to my eye’s ….

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  • Northumbrian

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Tom, mine too mate oh how I miss that atmosphere.
    I wonder if it gets as much airtime as spurs or them lot down the road did on talk sport.

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  • Davas28

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #22

    I think we’ll be in for a surprise win this week as I’ve reluctantly swapped out Wilson for Vardy in my FF team so he’s bound to play and get a hat-trick now 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Wouldn’t mind betting that if he was playing for us now he’d be thinking differently about the great master tactician!

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  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #24

    North ..

    im gonna order it show my grandsons here in Derby , show them what it means to support a real. /proper team …

    that disabled lad when he broke down mate it broke my heart …

    and i hope it gets tons of AIRTIME …

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  • Wor Bairle

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #25

    All right Rom, that’s enough footy talk, what you having for tea?

    😀

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  • hibbit

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #26

    quote from Bruce

    “Jeff’s come in and done very well for us. He’ll be disappointed with his performance at Southampton – but he wasn’t alone… He’s now understanding what it’s like to play in Newcastle.”

    If that’s doing very well for us god help us if he’d been poor.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ve voted win and I think we will, despite the GMT, I think the lads will want to do it for themselves.

    1
  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #28

    North are you on twitter mate bang the vid on , or is it ok with if i do ?…

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  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    foot it i’ll put it on 😀

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Wor Bairle

    Don’t know about any one else but we’re having home made fish pie, mmmmh, salivating just thinking about it!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #31

    I reckon that Rombo aint human, he never sleeps! 🙂

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  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Rombo …

    takes non sleeping pills …

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #33

    I reckon that Brucies Xmas tree formation is where he hangs the players by the Baubles from it! 🙂

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  • onmeedsun

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Film looks like it will be good. Title should have been ‘we are mental we are mad’

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Wor

    Alright mate 🙂
    How you doing ?
    yeah don’t wanna over do it now do I 😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #36

    geordietom

    Don’t suppose that’ll work quite so well with a Magnum! 🙂

    Although A pint of Guinness with a mint flavoured Magnum!

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  • Swlabr

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Bill….creepy, we’re having home made fish pie too!

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    EGB

    Haha try not to have to much sleep mate 😉

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  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #39

    EGB …

    Last time i had a MAGNUM , i was running around saying , HEY PUNK HAVE I USED MY LAST BULLET …

    1
  • Wor Bairle

    Nov 20, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Rom

    All good here mate.

    Yes time rein it in a bit, folk were starting to think you’re here for the footy, think you got away with it though.

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