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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

  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #161


    sorry i signed a NDA mate 😀

  • Regan

    Nov 20, 2020 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #162

    Bet it was nice though……

  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #163

    regan …

    it was your favourite mate

  • Regan

    Nov 20, 2020 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #164

    Now your teasing me…..

    Bus mate..

  • geordietom

    Nov 20, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #165

    ok i’ll break the NDA …

    i had chicked tikka massala , pilau rice , onion bhagi’s , nan bread , pickle tray , pomp a doms …

  • Regan

    Nov 20, 2020 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #166

    Jesus…and you can still walk like..

  • lesh

    Nov 20, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #167


    Asking whether Wor Bairle’s a twice banned poster is exposing you to Munster’s suggestion that you’re obsessed with someone.

    I too have noticed the odd characteristic as used by a previous poster and not only in WB.

    If the tw@t is posting under another name, it shows how arrogant he is.


    To matters important – a healthy intake of vitamins is essential to combat various lurgies and what better way to take it than via cider lollies with your vodka. 🙂

  • captainmarvel

    Nov 20, 2020 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #168

    Wor Bairlie is not Jib! I do not see how anyone could say that..
    Anyway he like the Amble butchers steak pies..Jib never reacted to my love of this speciality Bairlie did..

  • captainmarvel

    Nov 20, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #169

    Theres one thing we both miss about the Midlands..The balti houses..I see theres a Simla restaurant on the Quayside they are prevalent down in the Midlands, our local Simla was in Hinckley superb…

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