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One Change – Sean Longstaff Starts Against Leicester Tonight – Plus High Fan Expectations



The big news is that there is only change from the Newcastle side that walloped Brighton 4-1 and that’s Sean Longstaff starting in place of the injured Joe Willock, out for the season with a hamstring injury.

It’s great to see Sean back.

We need only draw against Leicester City tonight at St. James’ Park to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since Sir Bobby Robson was the manager back in 2003.

And we are sure the lads will want to win the game, the last home game of the season, and then have a real celebration after the game.

But a caution – we cannot allow second bottom Leicester to spoil the party tonight after such a great season.

And here is the Leicester side.

A massive 86% think we can win this game tonight.

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478 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    May 22, 2023 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Strong team, Longstaff for Willock.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 22, 2023 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #2

    That’ll do nicely! Let’s do this! HWTL!

    4
  • Adamn_92

    May 22, 2023 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Great line-up, delighted Longstaff can start in the game we secure Champions League, as he’s played a vital role in that! Happy to see Murphy back too, no doubt will come in at some point.

    Strong lineup, let’s get the job done in party style!

    HWTL!

    5
  • IrishRob

    May 22, 2023 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed trying to beat me at my own game with the speed of that team post. Impressive Dr H.

    4
  • sparky55

    May 22, 2023 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Nice!…Longstaff back in the game!

    0
  • AncientC

    May 22, 2023 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Barnes and Maddison on the bench for Leicester.

    0
  • DKillers

    May 22, 2023 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Looking good! Excellent starting team, with Gordon, Murphy, ASM on the bench.

    This is going to be fun.

    0
  • Not another deJong

    May 22, 2023 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #8

    BBC “”Both James Maddison AND Harvey Barnes are on the bench for Leicester, which is a massive surprise considering the position the Foxes are in.””

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 22, 2023 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Injury fears allayed. We have a good first XI. All in to finish the job.
    Barnes and Maddison on the bench for Leceister.

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  • Ronway

    May 22, 2023 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    A good line-up that will secure the Champion’s League points tonight!

    HWTL

    0
  • Pottsclock

    May 22, 2023 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Maddison and Barnes on the bench in a match that Leicester pretty much have to win. Weird

    1
  • Flurzinho

    May 22, 2023 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Great to see Lobby back.

    Strong starting 11 and bench.

    HWTL.

    0
  • Adamn_92

    May 22, 2023 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Think Leicester fear our midfield, so maybe Maddison and Barnes are out for more defensive and hard workers.

    Very odd decision to leave them out though!

    I’m going for a resounding 4-0 win for us 🙂

    1
  • DKillers

    May 22, 2023 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Interesting lineup from Leicester. Not sure what to make of it.

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  • sparky55

    May 22, 2023 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Methinks without Maddison and Barnes we’ll go nap.

    They are obviously going to sit deep and try to get us on the break with the over the top ball which has caught us out like against Liverpool and Villa. Therefore maddison and Barnes not required because they are playmakers.

    But because they are so bad defensively we will get 5

    IMO

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  • investinyouthtoon

    May 22, 2023 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Thrilled Sean starts tonight. Come through it unscathed and being integral in our hopeful win tonight.

    Let’s get it done tonight any win would be super. Even a point would do for me. The place should be rocking.

    HWTL

    5
  • The Taco Taker

    May 22, 2023 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #17

    I chose to await the line-up before my prediction tonight.

    3-1 – Wilson, Miggy and one goal from the bench (not sure who)

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 22, 2023 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Maddison and Barnes out smacks of Smith thinking they are off in the summer and won’t give a 100% against a possible new club.

    5
  • Pat Mania

    May 22, 2023 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Big Sean you beauty

    3
  • Regan

    May 22, 2023 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #20
  • Not another deJong

    May 22, 2023 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Are they (Foxes) going to play a 343?

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 22, 2023 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve got a fiver on 5-0 and 5-1 at 28/1 with a 33% boost on 5-1.

    5
  • sparky55

    May 22, 2023 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #23

    They will try to crowd us out in midfield.

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 22, 2023 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #24

    It looks like Leicester are going to be outnumbered in centre mid. Bizarre.

    0
  • The Taco Taker

    May 22, 2023 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #25

    And the Maddison rumours mill goes into overdrive!! I still think him not starting is totally irrelevant to if we sign him or not.

    2
  • carltoon

    May 22, 2023 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #26

    From somewhere in Italy, and I’ve got wi-fi yeah.
    Donuknow if I can find a site to watch it on. So it’ll be the blog and twitter.
    Oh, and thank you Ed for keeping the blog going.

    6
  • Pat Mania

    May 22, 2023 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Crowd nothing out. Our lads will tear them to shreds ion there.

    0
  • AnyToon in Indiana

    May 22, 2023 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    If Longy is fit and ready….nicely done Eddie 🙂

    0
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 22, 2023 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Why the hell would Leicester bench their 2 best players. It all doesn’t make any sense, the 2 players I thought that could bother us even slightly were those 2. Hmm.

    Absolutely buzzing to have wor Longy back in the team, he deserves to be in the starting 11 that secures CL football next season. This game can’t come quick enough. I eventually didn’t get a ticket but so what I’ll watch it with me Ma me Ma 😆

    5
  • Novocastrian66

    May 22, 2023 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh, sorry. They do have 3 in centre mid.

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  • carltoon

    May 22, 2023 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Still nervous I don’t know why, you can’t just forget 14years of heartbreak.
    HWTL

    11
  • DKillers

    May 22, 2023 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Bills Son, I was kinda thinking the same. There were rumors just this weekend about us wanting both Maddison and Barnes.

    1
  • carltoon

    May 22, 2023 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Why leave your two best player’s out of such an important game for them??

    0
  • magicmac54

    May 22, 2023 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Absolutely buzzing to see the return of the hod carrier Sean Longstaff, we are a lot better with that lads undoubted ability in the engine room HWTL.

    6
  • Uncertain Toon

    May 22, 2023 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Taco,

    The Vinicius will be allowed to leave I reckon with what’s gone on over there.

    Like you say however, probably outside where we want to spend mate.

    0
  • DrGloom

    May 22, 2023 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Seems like Leicester are going to pack the defence and hope to use vardy for a breakaway goal … can only see a win for us

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 22, 2023 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #37

    41 minutes to KO.

    2
  • Uncertain Toon

    May 22, 2023 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Have we been sniffing round Barnes as well? Don’t want to be starting players who are waiting for the opposition to come rescue them 😆

    1
  • carltoon

    May 22, 2023 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #39

    I wish I was sitting in my seat, you can see what a fantastic view I have.

    Please win tonight. HWTL

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 22, 2023 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #40

    If we are cruising by the 2nd half then we might see Miley get some pitch time.

    2
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