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Poll – How Will Newcastle Do Against Leeds On Friday?



Friday night at St. James’ Park will host a battle between two of the five clubs looking for their first win of this campaign. Leeds sit in 17th place on 2 points with the same -7 goal difference as Newcastle.

After an extremely disappointing transfer window, Newcastle have limped out of the gate with just one draw over our first four matches. We also bowed out of the Carabao Cup at home to Burnley, who are one of the five winless clubs

There were some positives at Manchester United over the weekend. The defending was much improved until some late goals led to a lopsided defeat. While we probably didn’t deserve a result, the scoreline was a bit harsh.

Miguel Almiron and Javier Manquillo were both excellent on Saturday. Unfortunately, Manquillo was forced off with a knock. Hopefully, it’s a minor one and he can play a part at home on Friday. They duo top our poll as Newcastle’s best players.

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This is a prominent match despite it being so early in the season. Steve Bruce is facing increasing scrutiny and with the fans back in the stands, he’s not been able to juke their displeasure.

Injuries have been a running theme under Bruce’s tenure. That is no different this season. Callum Wilson will be out for the foreseeable future with The Mail reporting he could be sidelined until the end of next month.

Wilson joins Martin Dubravka and Jonjo Shelvey as long-term injuries. We’re waiting on news about Manquillo, Joe Willock, and Ciaran Clark, all of who suffered knocks on Saturday. Paul Dummett has yet to play this season with a calf injury but could return Friday.

We could see plenty of changes against Leeds as Bruce desperately tries to jumpstart this campaign. A bright, quick start is a must or it could get very ugly at St. James’ Park.

How Will Newcastle Do Against Leeds On Friday?

  • Loss (64%, 825 )
  • Win (20%, 254 )
  • Draw (16%, 210 )

Total Voters: 1,289

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74 comments so far

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Bielsa vs Br
    Live on TV
    Toxic atmosphere, possible away fans in the home end it seems
    Protests planned

    could be a canny watch tbf just for the craic.

    8
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    *uce

    0
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Rom

    can you get your finger out and sort your Fantasy team please.

    2
  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-steve-bruce-stephenson-21556400

    Don’t worry everyone, Stephenson is going to come in for Wilson and save our season. In all seriousness I think I’d rather see the young lad play instead of Gayle.

    2
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    ZG from previous

    So true, under Rafa the defence had individual weaknesses, but the discipline and organization was a thing to behold at times. Not sexy or eye catching, but effective, you could see it was a foundation to build from. Sadly, we never got to see the finished article.

    Now compare our current situation, we’re like a team of little Dutch boys, individually trying to plug the dyke with their finger.

    “Just get out there and run around a lot”

    6
  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope there is some form of significant event that happens on Friday. Obviously hope there is no violence, but a full stadium letting their voices be heard would be good. Not just 20-30% showing some annoyance, but every toon fan there singing together at how unhappy they are with Ashley and Bruce. I’ve seen the ‘paper airplane’ idea thing but i’m not really sure that will happen or really prove anything/accomplish anything. Just a noisy atmosphere of frustration aimed at Ashley and Bruce so there is no way they can ignore it or hide from it.

    3
  • scott

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Rom 🙂 🙂

    From where I was the only way was up but the 4 head start was still needed!

    1
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Rom

    Dark hippogriff might be more accurate for young scott!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    scott,
    Aye, well done, lost my H2H at work as well, both to WC’s. Very tempted to pull the trigger myself.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    The whole irony is that we didn’t even need a takeover with Rafa here. He’d done the impossible, united a fanbase and given us hope. He’d actually kept the abuse away from Ashley. The precipitous chain of events that followed forcing rafa out could be fatal mistakes that are built to last.

    Like the Joel fiasco when ash said ”I don’t often get to have fun with the club”, resulting in blowing 40M on a non scoring, non centre forward. It’s as if Ashley’s timetable ran like this:-

    1) Make Rafa’s position untenable
    2) Hire a not so cheap coach (when factoring in compo) that the fans will despise from day 1, who’ll survive for a season or 2 on Rafa’s defence
    3) Throw 40M at someone to stick 2 fingers up at Rafa as he knows best.
    4) Throw some money at this s–t coach to cover tracks for another season.
    5) Let’s parachute in someone to do the actual coaching.

    It’s as if Rafa had too much class and Ashley needed to get back to the JFK mould where Rafa was Harrods and Bruce is sports direct / Aldi.

    You could imagine all the Rafa detractors wanting Everton to do badly, like the Arsenal fans who never appreciated Wenger.

    13
  • Tyran21

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11

    What happened to the excuse Bruce used almost whole of last season?

    He always moan about he can’t play ASM,Wilson and Almiron in front due to injuries. Why he don’t do it when he have the chance starting of this season?

    0
  • geordie157

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Leeds will win for several reasons, better manager, better tactics, more desire. Better players possibly not but the manager gets them performing despite recent results, just look at Ayling, Dallas and several others.

    I think the Leeds bubble has burst a little but they will be fine.

    Really hope the likes of White, Anderson and Stephenson come into the mix. Bruce needs to stop playing Hayden at centre back, leaving Longstaff to do double the work he should be doing.

    It’s got to the point where the only team I think we’ll beat are Watford. Norwich maybe if we are lucky.

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  • Tyran21

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda heights

    Everton winning at SJP, with Newcastle fans chanting Rafa would be a scene. If Bruce is not sacked by then.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    How will Nufc do against Leeds.

    I was going to vote for Nufc being embarrassed but there’s only win lose or draw to choose from.

    1
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    #10

    Ashley is our Lemony Snicket.

    “A series of unfortunate events”

    2
  • DrGloom

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    This blog has become the Rafa appreciation society … Funnily enough the posters who constantly brought up his performance with Dalian have been very quiet 😀
    Anyway , can we move on – Rafa ain’t coming back and Ashley isn’t selling … In my humble opinion

    2
  • scott

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail

    Yeah I noticed you would have to take another hit this week with the strikers being out!

    0
  • TheTinman

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda, I enjoyed that post until the slight on Aldi. I’ll not hear a bad word said about that place! I can do my weeks shopping there in 10mins flat, I’ve timed it.

    All products stay in the same place. They don’t mess around with fake promotions and the staff at the till are lightning fast

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19

    I think it’s the sheer audacity of bruce with his comments that irks me so much.
    He spoke about Howe as ” the guy who just got relegated”.
    The endless snidey pot shots at Rafa, then the ”who are they going to get better than me” at Villa etc. The guy really has tickets on himself from his playing days.

    9
  • TheTinman

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    I have the chance to go to the match for the first time in a while on Friday. Honestly not sure whether to bother.

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Tinman

    I take it back about Aldi. Nothing against them in particular, just trying to emphasize the gulf.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Dr Gloom

    We know he aint coming back, it’s just Ashley’s idiocy and the path he has set us on was so, so preventable. Even one of Ash’s and Bruce’s biggest supporters said ”under rafa there was hope, under bruce there is none”.

    2
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Posted a few days ago after a long time not posting. After I had to go, I saw some friendly posts to me and some (sadly, predictable) toxic posts. Here’s the thing…
    It’s pointless blaming Bruce as he’s just trying to do his job
    It’s pointless blaming players who are trying hard but not doing as well as we’d like (i.e. Joe, Ritchie, Dummett) as they’re just doing the best they can
    It’s pointless blaming the PL for refusing the takeover as the potential buyers simple refused to provide the information the PL asked for
    It’s even pointless blaming Bruce/Charnley/Ashley for not spending money that THE CLUB DOESN’T HAVE.

    There’s really only 1 person who has had the power to change things for the positive at our club for a long time and that’s Ashley and he’s not going to leave until someone pays his asking price. He’s the soulless creature who should never have bought our club in the first place. How to get rid of him? Campaigns? Protests? Petitions? What’s the point when he doesn’t give a damn?

    Honestly, the very best way to get rid of him is to help showcase the club in the best possible light and make sure a new buyer comes along. I wish fans would just get behind the manager and players more to show how we support them through thick and thin.

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  • TheTinman

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #24

    You emphasised it very well. Its a pitiful situation that we are in. Rafa coming back to the league is one of the worst things that could happen to the club.

    It’s like your gorgeous high school sweetheart moving in next door

    2
  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Tyran,

    Wouldn’t it just. Maybe wor flags will recreate the passion with that famous flag of the man.

    2
  • Wor B

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #26

    DrGloom…

    “Rafa ain’t coming back and Ashley isn’t selling”

    I feel my depression returning, back to the golf course for me this afternoon, you never know, I might lose a Topflight and find a Pro V1.

    🙂

    1
  • Tyran21

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #27

    “It’s like your gorgeous high school sweetheart moving in next door”

    Married, with two kids.

    2
  • WLtoon

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #28

    Going for a draw on Friday, i won`t see the game due to my shift but it`s doubtful whether i would of watched the game anyway,
    So the hordes are going to throw paper aeroplanes in the ground, i bet Bruce is shitting himself at the thought

    0
  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #29

    ‘It’s pointless blaming Bruce as he’s just trying to do his job’

    That makes no sense. If that was the case nobody should ever by criticised or blamed for anything as long as they’re trying. He is the head coach, he’s responsible for how the team plays. The team is playing badly. Of course he is able to be blamed??? When do we blame him?

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  • TheTinman

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #30

    TDS, I agree with a lot of what you say. Bruce would be okay and we probably would spend our energy on the true crux of the problem, Ashley.

    But Rotondas post #19 and the comments DubaiMickey posted yesterday some up exactly why Bruce is hated. His attitude towards our club is shocking. He is belittling us in such a manner the players and some fans are starting to believe it. “Great performance getting humped 4-1 by a big club like Manure, really pleased with that”. He is destroying the culture of the club.

    It might take years to get that back, hell if we don’t get a good manager in it might never come back.

    4
  • Tyran21

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Rotonda heights

    I do miss the flags, even though I only watched on TV from Singapore.

    1
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #32

    “It’s like your gorgeous high school sweetheart moving in next door.

    Married, with two kids.”

    Right…but if you just accept that your high school sweetheart moved on (as people do) and is married to someone who is frankly a bit better looking and richer than you, you’ll still be happy with your currently girlfriend. If you’re constantly fawning over your neighbour’s wife, you’ll forever be unhappy…

    Time to move on…hopefully we can all fall in love again in future…

    1
  • TheTinman

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #33

    If we had a manager who came in and gave it there all and they weren’t backed by Ashley we would sympathise. We want to get behind our manager and our team.

    Unfortunately Bruce and his entourage, including his pig headed son, have made it impossible to do so.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Adamn_92 – sure, blame him for individual mistakes and errors that he makes but not for the overall situation. Criticism should be constructive and not wholly negative.

    1
  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #35

    Toon

    I don’t think anyone is under the impression that the situation of the club is down to Bruce. Everyone knows it’s Ashley, Charnley etc. What fans are fed up with, is how Bruce acts and talks about the club, players and fans. Also we can’t do much to get rid of Ashley until at least this legal mess is over. What we can do is hope that at least the football is good to watch. It isn’t and that is down to Bruce as the head coach. We are angry at what we are being made to watch which is why Bruce get’s a hard time. Not because we think he is the reason why so much is wrong at the club.

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  • snowdone

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #36

    Neil is right! A quick start is essential against these fit, non-stop Leeds lads. A repeat of the supine, opening half-hour against Southampton will not be tolerated.

    Can our team prove us wrong? The signs are not promising. Hopefully, Manquillo and Dummett can play. They are true defenders. Hayden should go back into mid-field.

    Do we have enough in attack to hurt their vulnerable defence? The signs are not promising. Joelinton should not start the match or finish it either for that matter! Are we hoping against hope that Gayle proves he can score in the Premiership?

    A pessimistic outlook, but what grounds for optimism are there?

    1
  • Tyran21

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #37

    ToonDarnSarf

    I think mostly here blame Bruce for how he prepares and send out the team for the matches only.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #38

    TheTinman – but the reality of the PL has changed in the last few years. One thing I’ve always noticed with Toon fans is many of us seem to expect our club to be the best in the tier we’re in and they rant and rave when a club in the same tier does better than us. We shouldn’t expect to beat Man Utd at the moment, especially not with the boost that Ronaldo just gave them. A good performance is all we should realistically have expected then, barring a stroke of luck with some crazily good performances and we took a point or 3. Just because some other clubs get lucky sometimes, doesn’t mean we have any right to.

    He’s trying to set expectations because if he says what we want to hear (something like “We’re going to be focusing on getting in the top 10 to build on that for future seasons. We’re also looking at going deep in a cup and maybe even lifting a trophy, plus we want to blood some of our exciting young players as they’re the future of this club” then it’s about 95% chance that he’ll fail miserably and be slated for “promising top 10”, failing to go deep in a cup and ruining youth players…

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  • onmeedsun

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #39

    TDS
    I’ve shared those very thoughts, keep supporting the club and being positive as that will attract a buyer. But how many years are we to go on like that, whilst the club go backwards? We all have our tipping points and I’ve reached mine. As NY Mag pointed out, is Ashley’s business to do what he likes with. So we are powerless to change that. But we can make it the most untenable managers job in football. Perhaps then Ashley will be forced to sell at a lower price when he realises his asset is a toxic one. You can’t expect fans who have witnessed the past 14 years to pretend to be happy with where we are as a club. We’ve shown our support and he’s had plenty of time to find a buyer.

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  • TheTinman

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #40

    TDS, that doesn’t mean he needs to put us down at every opportunity.

    What I dont

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