The Newcastle team v Bournemouth has just been confirmed.

Only the two changes.

Isaac Hayden replacing Mohamed Diame, whilst it is Dwight Gayle in for Ayoze Perez.

At least on paper, Rafa playing two strikers!

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Gayle, Joselu

and the Subs:

Darlow, Gamez, Clark, Diame, Murphy, Mitrovic, Perez

Compare Rafa’s side to the predicted one HERE.

Newcastle v Bournemouth Match Betting:

Newcastle win 1/1Draw 5/2Bournemouth 31/10

NUFC win 2-0 9/1Shelvey score first goal 11/1NUFC win both halves 4/1

All Newcastle v Bournemouth betting HERE

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  • Dillon Tovak

    Very interesting!

  • Tino o

    2 out of 3 aint bad

  • Tory O’Toryface

    It’s almost as if Rafa’s put out a team to silence the keyboard warriors on this site. Good forbid we lose today, because the only way to go from here is to insist Mitro should have started!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Like he reads this site, Jeez Christ

      • BenMagpie

        if he doesn’t read this site then he absolutely has people around him that do. He makes it his job to get a feel for the city and the supporters. It makes me cringe to imagine what he thinks about it.

      • Mark Davies

        Like you dont have multiple mmm accounts. You at the match makckemus

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          i have 1 acccount, now [email protected]@k off you idiot

          • Mark Davies

            Dont know if other post to you will come on but yes you do. Here and chron. You said you went in 90s amd packed in. You called st james sid james park like a mackem. Youre on here posting during the match so still dont go. Sad little mackem moose. From a supporter happy clapper

  • TwinFire

    Now that is a show of intent! WTL!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Looks like he`s using Hosselu as a number 10 cos the guy can`t hit a barn door

    • Phil Yare

      when i see him i feel depressed.

  • Phil Yare

    wheres diame???! ridiculous. hes the only reason we didn’t lose 20-0 the other day. glad hosselu is in the team, his hold up play and goal scoring threat will be crucial

  • Andy Mac

    Its been obvious to all, whether on this site or not, that Joselu is not a PL striker. No harm in saying it and maybe Rafa’ s now seen a way to create more of a goal threat ?

    • Jezza

      Joselu would be out of his depth in the Conference.

  • Benmagpie

    Replay showed goal onside

    • Kneebotherm8

      Bring in offside technology asap,too many incorrect decisions in the game today.
      That goal would have been awarded in 3 seconds.

      • Phil Yare

        we don’t seem to get any of the borderline decisions our way or any luck, even when we are garbage

  • Tino o

    Tossalu is a donkey

  • Brazilian John

    Unfortunately we will not see Mitrovic again…

    • Brazilian John

      Is Manquillo a football player??? For real? Some mistakes are unacceptable

      • Phil Yare

        mannequin more like. hes like the bloke that turns up when you only had 9 players for 5aside and you were desperate for anybody to make up the numbers

      • Jezza

        A reject from an utterly woeful Sunderland team. He was never going to be any use.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Playing with no strikers again I see,Lardy has got so much to answer for.

    • Tino o

      Mitrovic is on the bench

      • Peaky Magpie

        Exactly and he puts Murphy on ???

        • Phil Yare

          from the des hamilton school of football skills

          • Peaky Magpie

            We had a perfectly good Murphy in Big Daryl.They said the fee was too good to turn down for his age yet go and waste £5m on Joselu ??? I despair at times.

          • Jezza

            Daryl Murphy is undoubtedly a better striker than Joselu.

  • Andy Mac

    Rafa has to accept part of the responsibility for having some sort of issue with Mitrovic which reduces our striking options by a third when we’re not blessed with any sort of quality up front.

  • Tino o

    2 in a row for Benitez

  • Phil Yare

    who bought these players?? they are absolute toss

  • Peaky Magpie

    I’ve said it before but FFS WE NEED STRIKERS STRIKERS STRIKERS

    • Jezza

      We all knew that throughout the long miserable summer transfer window but Fatso preferred to pocket the cash.

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    The wheels are coming off, next up Man U

    • Phil Yare

      diame will destroy them

  • Dillon Tovak

    Well that was shyte.

  • Essex_Toon

    We deserved to lose. Bournemouth weren’t bossing the game but saw we had absolutely nothing going forward. This performance makes me think how lucky we have been so far this season.

    Without some creation and accuracy up front I fear for this team.

    • Jezza

      We had a decent start but now we are being well and truly found out in this division. It was only ever a matter of time before our woeful lack of quality due to Fatso’s profiteering began to take its toll.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Torture watching that game

  • Dave Mitchison

    Rafa needs to swallow his pride and start Mitro. If it works and he is a success then we begin to win and everyone is happy. If he is as big a flop as Joselu and Gayle are then Rafa can say I told you so. Let’s be honest we can’t score any less than we are right now.

    • fistsofsteel2

      Mitrovic will score. It’s obvious.

  • Essex_Toon

    We desperately needed to win before we play Man U. Let’s hope this won’t be the beginning of winless run

    • Jezza

      One goal in three games and, no disrespect, against Crystal Palace, Burnley and Bournemouth, is a very bad sign. Manchester away next up too. This really does look like the start of a very bad run.

  • Peaky Magpie

    It’s really shown this week how desperately short of quality we are.FFS Ms Staveley get your purse open now as we need major new faces in in January or it’s going to be a long second half of the season. Old Trafford next !!!

    • Phil Yare

      i think shes probs too busy shopping for handbags in harrods to care about us now.

  • Mrkgw

    Abysmal. Rafa – we have nothing up front, toothless. Why therefore leave Mitro on the bench? Yes, he is prone to moments of madness but what other options do we have. Joselu is not good enough nor, it would seem is Gayle at this level.

    • Peaky Magpie

      I said that about Gayle a few weeks ago and got pilloried on here by some.

      • Phil Yare

        that maybe true but the thing is…gayle hasn’t really had much opportunity, i think if he had as much time on the pitch as the spaniards he would have at least notched a few goals. his 23 goals in 34 appearences last season make perez’s stats laughable

        • fistsofsteel2

          ….and Mitro could play 7 out of 10 games – if you all think he’d get sent off and banned so frequently, and still score more than Gayle and Joselu combined.

    • Virsino

      Not only prone to moments of madness, he’s muck.

      • fistsofsteel2

        You don’t know what you’re talking about.

        • Virsino

          you show me a game where he was great, I’ll show you 5 where he was muck, or got sent off.

  • Leicester Mag

    £5million for a CF is like buying a Trebant sticking a Ferrari badge on and entering formula 1. What in gods name does Mitrovic have to do to get on the pitch? This is getting worrying, too many average players.

    • Jezza

      I think you’re being over generous in describing Joselu as average.

      • Phil Yare

        it would imply that all you have to do to be average is put the shirt on

  • fistsofsteel2

    Get in Bournemouth. When Rafa put the hapless Murphy on near the end I wanted Bournemouth nick it. 6pts lost in the last two games.

    Gayle and Joselu will never score for Newcastle again – that much is evident. Rafa has deserved this for his stubborn consistent refusal to play Mitrovich…….never mind give him a proper run in the team.

    • Carlo Ancelotti

      you`re a real Prince

    • Mrkgw

      Harsh wanting us to lose. I agree however, iro Murphy, Gayle and Joselu.

      • HarryHype59

        For the price of those three we could have bought a semi decent striker!

  • Dillon1101

    Again with negative tactics. Joselu is useless mitro deserves to play since before being sent off he scored a goal in both starts. Why does it seem we go out to try get draws every game… let’s not forget the abysmal refereeing once again too.

    • Natturner26

      he only started once. scored coming on as a sub. 135 minutes this season.

  • Phil Yare

    money down the toilet
    murphy £12m
    Joselu £5m
    Javier Manquillo £4.5m

    and the previous year

    Grant Hanley £5.5m
    Mohamed Diamé £4.5m
    Achraf Lazaar £3m
    Matz Sels £4.5m

    all utter garbage. and we still have perez

    • Leicester Mag

      Absolutely. My point exactly made below,might as well lash the money up the wall. Also paying wages to this pap.

    • fistsofsteel2

      Agreed…..except for Perez who is a top notch player.

      • Phil Yare

        all i see is a lad who loses the ball and falls over

    • HarryHype59

      I was puzzled why we paid so much for Murphy as he was at Coventry with Adam Armstrong a few seasons back! Manquillo wasn’t rated by the Makems! The combined fees for Murphy, Joselu, and Manquillo come to over £20m! That money should have been used to bring in a decent striker!

      • fistsofsteel2

        Puzzled? It was just a deal done to make a few people quite a bit richer……nothing to do with the player’s quality. It was just a money spinner.

  • Tino o

    Mitrovic is basically in the same position as colback just hasn’t been made public yet. The good of the team doesn’t seem to matter

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Add Mbemba to that list

      • Tino o

        Forgot about him discarded for no footballing reason

      • Peaky Magpie

        He should be playing LB,as proven last season Manquillo is out of his depth in this league.

        • Phil Yare

          santon with no skill

    • Jezza

      I think the fact that Colback has been frozen out is entirely for the good of the team.

      • Peaky Magpie

        They should stick him in the 1892 Bar cos it takes ages to get served in there and an extra pair of hands wouldn’t go amiss.Mind you he’ll probably end up tripping one of the other staff up needlessly!

        • Phil Yare

          i wouldn’t drink in there since they changed it from shearers

          • Peaky Magpie

            I meant the one inside the ground mate,didn’t they change Shearers to NINE or have they changed it again ?

      • Tino o

        Agreed but mitrovic was put on the bench with no intention of being used hope he goes in January. He deserves a chance somewhere

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Great Fat One has most to answer for, we haven`t bought a decent striker since Demba Ba

    • Phil Yare

      i think even he was bought quickly to fill the gaping hole in the team following andy carrolls disgusting departure. they probs didn’t have a clue he’d be as good as he was

      • Jezza

        Demba Ba was signed because he was available on a free transfer and for no other reason. It was just pure luck that he turned out to be a decent striker and entirely predictable that Fatso cashed in on him at the first given opportunity.

        • Phil Yare

          absolutely

        • Scooter

          he was the last decent striker we had though

  • Phil Yare

    why on earth did we not get defoe??? we took yedlin, mannequin and the dirty mackem clogger off them so why not a proven quality striker?

    no, we’d rather throw money away and get some useless plank

    • Marveauxless

      He had no interest in joining Newcastle plus he’s scored fewer goals than Joselu

      • Phil Yare

        he was on the pitch probs 10 mins and looked dangerous. joselu has started almost every game since he signed

        • Marveauxless

          Joselu looked dangerous against Stoke and Swansea, doesn’t mean he scored. Defoe has scored half as many as Joselu this season, that’s all you need to know. Plus he wanted to move closer to his hometown and said he’d never play for Newcastle after his time at Sunderland

          • Phil Yare

            I must be watching somebody else mate

      • Phil Yare

        i don’t think thats right mate. dafoe got 15 and joselu got 5

        • Marveauxless

          I was talking about this season. At the time of writing that comment :
          Joselu : 9 games, 2 goals
          Defoe : 9 games, 1 goal

          • Phil Yare

            aye, but in terms of minutes on the pitch that’s not a reliable stat mate

          • Marveauxless

            Joselu: 652 minutes
            Defoe: 500 minutes

            They both started the season poorly, the only reason Defoe has less minutes is because Eddie Howe had the sense to drop him for consistently underperforming

  • Scooter

    my main worry is that if the teams below us improve we could be in trouble because we won`t get any better with that squad. we havent got a decent striker & January is 2 months & quite a few games away

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I`m putting myself forward for therapy, ive had us to win 3-1 in the last 2 matches

    • Jezza

      The only way I can see this NUFC side scoring 3 in a match would be two own goals and a penalty.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I`ll have a tri cast on that after the ManU game

      • Steve Smith

        What’s a penalty?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Something the opposition gets

  • jack

    Why mitrovich is not getting a game , I’ll never know , Perez , joselu and Gayle are not good enough , and manqillo at left back instead of mbemba is another strange decision , has Rafa got something against them , pick your best team ,

  • Leazes Ender

    Still not getting our share of decisions from referees, diabolical performance against a really poor side who battled.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      spot on

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Aleksandar Mitrovich is still joint top scorer this season.
    now that tells you a story, doesn`t it

    • fistsofsteel2

      How many minutes has he played?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        havent got that info but it`s not that many

      • Natturner26

        135

  • Peaky Magpie

    Think I’ll disappear when we play Man City…..to North Korea.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      It might not be there by then

      • Dillon Tovak

        Hopefully they’re all talk, like our strikers.

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂😂

  • Stephen Paylor

    i watched on NBC and the commentator got it right. If we had their forwards we would have won

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      thats what i watched it on as well & you`re correct

  • 1957

    Mitrovic will start against Man U, we’ll get well beaten and Benitez logic will be if we’d played Hoss, Dwight, Ayoze or even SloMo it wouldn’t have happened and Mitrovic will never be seen again in a black and white shirt.

    It’s almost as if Benitez feels he needs to prove the team doesn’t need Mitrovic before he finally sells him

  • Peaky Magpie

    Howay Rafa I think the opposition has your 4-4-0 formation sussed now !

  • HarryHype59

    Spending £12m on Murphy is looking like bad business! Early days I know but the money should have been put towards getting someone better than Jossyloo!