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Newcastle vs. Chelsea – Team Prediction, Injuries, And Poll Result



This is the team we predicted Steve Bruce would name for Saturday’s match against Chelsea. It has four changes from the loss to Southampton.

This team is predicated on the assumption that Steve Bruce will not risk any players still recovering from injury. That leaves him short upfront with Callum Wilson hopefully being saved for next week.

Both Ciaran Clark and Matty Longstaff need an opportunity after barely featuring this year due to injury. They are both fit now and should be pushing for their chance.

Bruce revealed that a handful of Magpies are getting close to a return. However, we expect him to be without seven tomorrow, at least for the starting eleven. Wilson could get a spot on the substitutes bench.

Newcastle Injuries

Dwight Gayle (knee), Martin Dubravka (heel), Paul Dummett (hamstring), Ryan Fraser (hamstring), Jonjo Shelvey (groin – late fitness test), Callum Wilson (hamstring – late fitness test), Matt Ritchie (shoulder – late fitness test)

Chelsea Injuries

Christian Pulisic (hamstring), Thiago Silva (late return from international duty), Kai Havertz (Covid-19 – late fitness test), Ben Chilwell (back – late fitness test)

Our readers are obviously not optimistic about this one with 75% expecting a loss. That’s the likely result but you never know as last season Isaac Hayden pulled a rabbit out of a hat in the final minutes to get a shock win.

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The most important thing is to see an improvement from our last match. We seem to say that far too often. But the run of fixtures following this one are crucial and putting in a competent performance tomorrow could be key to sparking a decent run over the next month.


303 comments so far

  • GhostToon

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #81

    NY

    Think its on BT Sport.

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #82

    WB,

    That’s magnificent….hats off to you
    Total respect

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #83

    Ah, in that case we’ll have to rely on Jib for a good link,

    Oh hang on!

    2
  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #84

    Thanks ghost,

    It’s on peacock here (NBC’s streaming service )

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #85
  • Wor Bairle

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #86

    EGB

    They certainly did pack them in.

    Remember the Blyth Spartans cup replay against Wrexham?

    It was a mid-week evening KO, got there too late, locked out along with thousands of others.

    There was an almighty push against the big wooden gates at the leazes side of the main stand, it gave way and I was one of many who got in for free that night.

    2
  • Wor Bairle

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #87

    Night folks,

    I’ll leave you with this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZKcl4-tcuo

    2
  • GhostToon

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #88
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #89

    Wor Bairle

    I remember going to one game and was a bit late getting in, can’t remember who we were playing and I think the official attendance was something like 55,000 but there was way more than that and all I managed to see of the match was the ball sailing through the air at times, happy days.

    2
  • GhostToon

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #90

    Wor

    Mind how you go. Take it easy fella 🙂

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #91

    Goodnight WB,

    A pleasure as always….

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #92

    I don’t often post musical links these days, because they’re normally crap.
    But, couldn’t resist this one (I love mama cass)

    https://youtu.be/bRe648clNjg

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #93

    Here’s one of the missuses favourites, the BNP tried to nick this as their theme song but SOH told them to F off in no uncertain terms.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5h4PFBuzvw

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #94

    G’dNight WB.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #95

    NY Mag

    1972 and Mama Cass telling people to vote, life definitely is a circle.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #96

    Think this one applies to us since a certain someone bought the club.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hziqpg7HeBY&list=RDHziqpg7HeBY&start_radio=1

    1
  • GhostToon

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #97

    NY

    Reminds me of Armageddon the film 😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #98

    That’s four comments by me, 5 if you include this one so I’ll go off and do something else for a while, hope that Jail is enjoying the night life of Blackpool!

    2
  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #99

    Bill,

    Yeah, cass was quite political for her time…I’m not interested in that, she just had an infectious personality.

    Ghost, yes – I believe that was the ‘theme’ song of the film…good film as well.
    Probably theme song is not right…I think the Aerosmith one was the theme song

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #100

    Bill,

    There probably is no night life in blackpool currently…..which is a shame.

    I used to love the place back in the late 80’s / early 90’s …….there was some seriously bad behavior going on 😀

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #101

    Right only 10 Hours 50 Minutes to KO so off to bed, G’dNight all. Including the lurkers like Robleenio, Carltoon, OLG and many more. Even Jib I’m sure he’s out there somewhere. 🙂

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2020 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #102

    10 Hours 20 I meant!

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #103

    Goodnight bill,

    Happy game day……I’m looking forward to it.
    Let’s hope the boys perform to their upmost.

    1
  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2020 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #104

    The music’s flowing and as it’s getting near Christmas, here’s one for the EPL’s Masters and Hoffman

    https://youtu.be/gJMcHK7XAOg

    2
  • Romford mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #105
  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #106

    Rom,
    I thought you’d retired for the night…..here one of my faves 🙂

    https://youtu.be/EnseiOJ2jGQ

    1
  • Dondatta13

    Nov 21, 2020 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #107

    Man Utd suffer major cyber security breach in bid to retrieve ‘sensitive info’

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/man-utd-cyber-security-attack-23044606

    Tell you what, that DeMarco really does leave no stone unturned like hahaha 😉

    2
  • cyprus

    Nov 21, 2020 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #108

    Neil I misread that as

    “This is the team we predicted Steve Bruce would name for Saturday’s loss against Chelsea.”

    Of course, I misread 🙂

    Anyway the odds are pretty good for a win or draw.

    Game on.

    1
  • cyprus

    Nov 21, 2020 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #109

    The game starts two hours early over here.

    I’ll let you guys know the result.

    3
  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2020 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #110

    Cyprus,

    I love your enthusiasm…..it can’t be taught, you’ve either got it or you haven’t.

    Bring it on….. 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Nov 21, 2020 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #111

    NY
    Of course.

    We’ll talk after the game, if the enthusiasm is still alive 🙂

    1
  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Nov 21, 2020 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #112

    Predicted team
    Darlow
    Murphy Clark Fernandez Lascelles Lewis
    Hendrick S,Longstaff Hayden
    ASM
    Joelinton

    1
  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Nov 21, 2020 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #113

    I think Ritchie will come in for Lewis. Shelvey will come in for S, Longstaff. Depending on fitness. If Bruce deems them fit I think this is his team.

    Darlow
    Murphy Clark Lascelles Fernandez Ritchie
    Shelvey Hayden Hendrick
    ASM
    Joelinton.

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  • Not another deJong

    Nov 21, 2020 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #114

    3 Amigos – NUFC matters

    https://youtu.be/YLcZNvm0Ces

    Good review of Court cases for the first half.

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 21, 2020 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #115

    Not another deJong,I just watched that too, gotta love a good Hastie rant!

    4
  • Not another deJong

    Nov 21, 2020 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #116

    Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    I think Bruce could pick your first team as he seems to keep adding one more defender (central midfielder) with every defeat. So a 3 man midfield is likely.

    He could even play Manquilio at left back as Lewis has had no rest over the International break. The frailty is up front, I think Joelinton will play and again look lost upfront which will make two with ASM but you never know, they may actually click.

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  • Not another deJong

    Nov 21, 2020 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #117

    DubaiMicky

    Respect the old heads.

    I am always surprised how Mitch can drink & ramble but succinctly bring it back to the topic. Is he a resident in Dubai?

    “Found in a litter bin at Bernards Castle” was excellent.

    I have struggled to read Hastie’s articles in the Chronic but he is a proper passionate Geordie.

    2
  • Not another deJong

    Nov 21, 2020 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #118

    I have just realised that I have been confusing Hastie with John Gibson!!!

    0
  • Tyran21

    Nov 21, 2020 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #119

    Bruce said: “The agent is an amateur who is looking to make a fast buck.”

    Keyboard warrior and amateur can see football is sheit under Bruce.
    Pundits and Pros: “Bruce is doing a great job”
    Of course, doing a great job restricting Newcastle from challenging.

    4
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 21, 2020 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #120

    Yeah, a likely 11.

    …………………….Darlow
    ………..Clark..Lascelles..Fernandez.
    Murphy………….Hayden…………….Lewis.
    …………Hendrick………..Longstaff.
    ……………………Joelinton.
    ………………………….St Max.

    St Max up top and Joel in behind would be better than the other way round I reckon, with St Max running in behind. Joel works hard both ways. St Max less so.

    Wing backs need to get forward though. That’s an absolute must. It’s utterly hopeless playing wingbacks if they don’t get forward. Even if we get beat, doesn’t matter, gotta try hard to get on the ball, in their half, in wide areas. We are a football club after all.

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