The Newcastle team v West Brom has just been confirmed.

Rafa Benitez has rung the changes, 5 players dropped…but still no place for Mitrovic.

Elliot left out and Darlow brought in, then Mbemba for Manquillo, Merino for Shelvey, Hayden for Diame, Perez for Gayle.

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Mbemba, Ritchie, Merino, Hayden, Murphy, Perez, Joselu

and the Subs:

Elliot, Manquillo, Shelvey, Diame, Aarons, Gayle, Mitrovic

Compare Rafa’s side to the the one chosen by fans HERE.

West Brom v Newcastle Match Betting:

West Brom win 7/5Draw 85/40Newcastle win 5/2

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  • Tino o

    Unbelievable

  • fistsofsteel2

    Swap Joselu for Mitro and that’s not too bad.
    Great to see Perez back.

  • Andy Mac

    I’m beyond caring right now. Get back to me when the Fatman has fkd off !

    • steve

      If you’re talking about Rafa I’m inclined to agree.

      • Clarko

        He must be talking about Benitez right? Imagine blaming Ashley for this team selection. I’d love to hear that conspiracy.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          you’re as infuriating as always. The fatman is the reason we have the team we have, so I’d say he’d had a fair bit to do with team selection.

          • Clarko

            The IQ kills me…

            I pray that you’re not adding to the gene pool 🙏

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            grow up. The guy who sanctions purchases of players IS somewhat responsible for the players on the team… and by extension who gets selected from that pool.

          • Marveauxless

            But he isn’t responsible for the manager starting inadequate players when there are better options available from that pool

          • Clarko

            Ashley doesn’t sanction purchases, Charnley does.

            Ashley doesn’t scout players, Nickson does.

            Ashley doesn’t decide which player to sign, Benitez does.

            Ashley doesn’t pick the team, Benitez does.

            Ashley provides the budget, but considering the club is ran self sufficiently (relegations aside) he doesn’t even do that.

      • 1957

        If he continues to select Hoss me too

  • Mrkgw

    Bizarre. Shelvey, Gayle dropped, and Joselu starts. Hate to question Rafa but this beggars belief this does.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Can`t believe he`s dropped those 2

  • TheNutJob

    Didn`t see that coming, Hoss once again its pathetic

  • csh

    Not the lineup I would have picked but I’ll get behind the lads for 90 minutes and save the moans for after..

  • Leicester Mag

    ffs. 2-0 written all over this. Clearly Rafa would play 10 men rather than Mitro.

  • robbersdog

    Joselu? Oh sh*t!

  • superalansuddick

    has he made joselu skipper yet.?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He`s going for 0-0 with that team, 2 goal scorers on the bench & a guy that cant score upfront

    • Biggs

      He’s going for 2-0 to west Brom with that team.

      • Phil Yare

        i think what we mean is that 0-0 is the best result we can achieve tonight. hopeful rondon will be playing in his slippers

  • Stevie

    Joselu to start? I’m not his greatest fan but I think Mitro deserves a chance. He looked more likely to score in 20 minutes against Watford than Joselu did all match. If Newcastle lose, I think Rafa has some very serious questions to answer about his judgement. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that…

    • 1957

      It’s worrying Benitez seems to have an obsession with proving everyone else wrong over Hoss. No matter how poorly his favoured striker plays he is guaranteed a start

  • 1957

    You have to assume Gayle is now on the get rid of list with Mitrovic in January with Hoss starting tonight. Clearly Benitez devious tactical plan doesn’t include scoring tonight.

  • Peter Stabler

    Surprised to see that joselu is deemed to have done enough! I can make excuses for Yedlin but your man ???

    • 1957

      Hoss apparently trains well and can carry out the tactical instructions better than the others…what those instructions are escapes me

      • csh

        We can only assume he’s told to stay up front and try not to score. He’s doing exactly what he’s told.

  • Alreet

    Not sure but either rafa has the hots for jose or its in his contract to start a min number of games. Doesnt make any tactical sense at all.

    A striker that is first choice that isnt even close to scoring and an international striker and last seasons top scorer on the bench.

    Cannot fathom it.

  • 5floorshigh

    hope I am proved wrong but cant see that team putting 5 passes together let alone get near the opposition goal…….Hoss situation is now a joke

  • mentalman

    We might get some decent delivery from the keeper now. Mbemba is on the wrong side.

    Can only imagine he’s saving shelvey and gayle for chelsea

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Mbemba is 5 times the player that Manquillo is, make that 10

      • mentalman

        I agree but hes also 10 times the player yedlin is and we’ve been conceding the majority of our goals from our right so if any side needs shoring up its nit the left

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          A bit too harsh on Yedlin. His pace alone is always worth a look.

          • mentalman

            His pace is nothing now compared to prem league players and he rarely uses it

            Watch him closely tonight he’ll spend the while game backing off and not tackling

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            While I’ll have to disagree with you on his pace not being world class, I’m well aware of his defensive deficiencies… He’s been infuriating USMT supporters over it for half a decade.

          • mentalman

            Im not saying hes not fast im just saying there’s many players as fast or faster in the pre, how often do you see him kick the ball past a player and out run them to get it

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            he spent the entire first half of the ManU game making their back 4 look like they were running through molasses. He’s great going forward (imho) I just wish he was more interested in properly defending.

          • Phil Yare

            thats why i think if we’d reverted to 3 centrebacks we got play yedlin as a wingback to give us width. the problem with that is theres nobody to play on the opposite side at the moment if we went that way

        • Clarko

          We have been conceding goals from the right because of Ritchie, he has allowed players to double up on Yedlin and has provided minimal defensive support on that right hand side.

          • mentalman

            Yedlin doesnt tackle backs off and is often caught out of position ritchie doesnt help but you can accomodate that if your defender is doing the basics properly

          • Clarko

            Neither of our full backs make tackles in the wide positions, I don’t think many do in the modern game, if the get beat it allows the opposition a more probable goal scoring opportunity rather than just standing off them and allowing them to cross the ball and trying to block it.

      • Peter Stabler

        Manquillo and ball watchimg – hand in hand

    • Phil Yare

      id only think it was worth doing that if he thinks we can take points out that game. we be lucky to win a corner

  • Marveauxless

    Rafa’s persistence with Joselu is the most baffling decision since Souness tried to turn Ameobi into a Right Winger

  • Saul Williams

    Joselose!!no way,what’s Gannin on man!!

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    the only thing I can think of is that Shelvey asked for a rest midweek? It’s all up to Merino now since he’s the only creative influence to start on the pitch (unless Ritchie remembers where his form is hiding).

    • Clarko

      Shelvey was awful against Watford. Then again, it’s never stopped Joselu getting in the team.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He was better than Ritchie & a few others

  • 5floorshigh

    I see he has put Mitro on the bench just in case we go 3 goals behind again

    • Tino o

      Not a chance shelvey Gayle and his favourite diame will all get on before him

    • Phil Yare

      mitro is only 2 west brom goals from coming on!

  • eht

    it all looks like Rafa has lost the ground a bit. We all know he likes rotaton, but by all means this is no ratation policy, as he is trying to come up with the best squad which is something very difficult with this quality of championship players .

  • Waxi

    Well i hope the fella up front can find some form. It is going to be a tough night but we need to see the likes of Yedlin and Lejeune play a lot better than Saturday they had a mare against an average at best Watford.

  • berba

    will be watching till west brom scores for 1-0

  • Phil Yare

    Darlow WRONG – Elliots done nowt wrong
    Yedlin RIGHT
    Clark RIGHT
    Lejeune RIGHT
    Mbemba RIGHT – way better than manqillio
    Ritchie RIGHT
    Merino RIGHT
    Hayden WRONG – nowt against hayden but shelvey should play
    Murphy JURYS OUT – played ok the other day but awful up to then. I’d rather give aarons a run out if hes fit
    Perez WRONG – will do nowt, gayle needs to play alongside half decent
    Joselu WRONG – absolutely useless, mitrovic deserves his chance

    i don’t know where the goals are going to come from. must be going for 0-0 in preparation for the chelsea massacre

  • Soldier

    Man U are ripping into Watford, 3 up after 30mins

  • Soldier

    Perez as main striker Joselu as a number 10, you couldn`t make that one up

    • Phil Yare

      i think we should put them at fullbacks and play yedlin upfront with mbemba in the no10 role. couldnt be any worse

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    annnnnd I don’t care anymore. bad and dull. what a mess.

    • Phil Yare

      ive havent seen dross like this since the pinnacle of the mighty pardew or mcclown era

      • steve

        I don’t remember it being this bad under Pardew.

        • Marveauxless

          Come on now, let’s not be overly dramatic. As it stands we’re 14th; Pardew and McClaren both finished below that at Newcastle

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            We`re heading down the table & i can`t see a game we can win to stop the slide

        • Phil Yare

          i don’t think i can argue mate

  • HarryHype59

    1-0 to WBA oh dear!

    • Phil Yare

      game over man, game over

      • Buck Blacket

        Yeah but it’s a dry heat…..

  • gfdg

    thats pathetic, 4 games in a row we lose the game in 45th or 90th min and even Rafa cannot save us . This is horrible to watch and these players deserve to go straight to championship and play there week after week.

  • gallowgate26

    FFS Rafa put Mitrovic and Gayle on in the second half or we’re getting relegated for sure.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He needs to replace the 2 Spanish Duck Eggs up front,
      NOW

      • Phil Yare

        absolutely.

    • Jimmy_toons

      Nowt like over reacting of course.

      • gallowgate26

        Not over reacting, can you see us getting another point before Christmas? Everton will beat us at this rate…..

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    By Saturday after the Chelsea game it could be 1 win in 10.
    not looking good, is it

    • Phil Yare

      that would actually be an accurate score line 10-1…..if only we could score a goal

  • Tino o

    Diame will save us

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂

    • Paul Patterson

      Is he playing for West Brom?

    • Phil Yare

      he will pick up the ball…….. 45 yards out…….. and unleash a thunderbolt…… into the stand

  • Paul Patterson

    Ffs Every time in the last minute of the half Down the right side!!

  • gego

    rock rock bottom onto christmas for sure
    i am off crying every week with these horrible players and awful team
    better in 3th league if you cannot beat west brom watform huddersfield brighton and ect ect, what are we aiming for ?

    close it

    • MadMag83

      I’m prepared to put good money on us going down again. This lot might actually be worse than the team that got us relegated last time!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        they are worse

        • HarryHype59

          Indeed, that team had better players! We have so many players who are of the same mediocre level!

  • Jimmy_toons

    Very poor defending in conceding a late goal in the half – how many times is that now?. Yedlin initially thought he could cut the ball out wide and misjudged the interception, giving Gibbs the freedom of The Hawthorns. Then Mbemba not covering at the back post when he had a clear view of where Robson-Kanu was, so can only presume Mbemba was ball watching. More than deserved to go in all square, so frustrating as ruck…

    • Paul Patterson

      And to think the club wouldn’t sanction the signing of Gibbs..

  • Sumit Sengupta

    What’s with these last minute goals? Don’t they learn anything?

    • MadMag83

      It’s beyond a joke. Especially for a manager who likes to keep things tight at the back.

  • fil

    only a takeover in the terms of man city or psg can save that hopeless club

  • Andy Mac

    Struggling to get radio feeds but last comments from TS “Newcastle dont look like scoring” ! Dont know if he was talking about another Newcastle team somewhere in a Parallel Universe or just this one ?

  • thomas

    not even going to watch the second part as we never score , championship quality and form all over the pitch , will be miracle if we do not go down

  • MadMag83

    Can’t defend or score a goal, recipe for disaster. Did Rafa mean he’s targeting 20 points by May? Because 20 by Christmas is a laugh, be lucky to get a draw against Forest Green Rovers man.

    May as well not bother playing the second half, we all know it’s game over already.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    53mins and we haven`t had 1 shot on target
    why doesn`t he use the subs ???

  • Dave Mitchison

    I give up

  • meri

    just saw the teams around us , with this supposed relegation battle, crystal palace have benteke zaha townsend sakho loftus cheek, west ham have carrol arnautovich aye koyate swansea have abraham sanchez manson bony
    wtf we are miles away from these teams and by christmas will be second or last bottom team going straight to championship, unbelievably twice under manager like benitez
    that would be incredible

  • Sumit Sengupta

    Game Over?

    • Dave Mitchison

      Yes

  • herti

    Rafa please leave this club so i can stop watching and hoping
    please
    you can sit and go to championship or league one
    a joke of a team and players

    • hetonmag

      Idiot

  • Dave Mitchison

    Or not

    • emil

      it is typical new utd, do not think we will score second
      just a little hope which dissapears every time , this gives you newcastle
      i hate this

  • Marveauxless

    This will be their first win in 12 games, the last time West Brom won in the league, Joselu was making his debut

    • MadMag83

      We always seem to catch teams on the up after a sacking

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    if Brighton gives up the winner to Palace we are well and truly [email protected]#$^&

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    2-1 Clark scores

  • fghfg

    just throw all of the offensive power and go for second or third goal
    show some fighting spirit please ,

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Need a striker & he`s calling Aarons on

  • dff

    we need 11 new players to avoid relegation

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    tell you what lads i`m getting f”king sick of this Spanish lark with Hoss & Perez

    • Mrkgw

      Agreed. They are pathetic.

  • HarryHype59

    May as well go for broke and bring on Gayle and Mitro! Take off the two amigos!

    • MadMag83

      He’ll bring on Diame for a ten minute cameo in place of Merino

  • Sumit Sengupta

    Please bring on a real striker while there is still time. Please!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Mitro on Hoss off

  • hetonmag

    2-2 haha

    • Damon Horner

      Imagine it’s ruined a few “fans” nights. Honestly think not feeling defeated when we conceded a second is a step in the right direction.

      • hetonmag

        Correct mate most posters on here had us beat before a ball was kicked.

        • nufcslf

          Did neither of you two see how bad the first half really was. Changes should have happened at half time and Joselu should never get another match between now and the end of the season. 2-2, but against a weak side that should’ve been beaten before going to the slaughter on Saturday. Not negative, just not frightened of the obvious.

          • hetonmag

            See you are like a canny few more that think we have a divine right to beat a so called weak team a team that got a very good point against a top 4 side on Saturday, and I thought we did ok in the first half apart from the goal obviously.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    2-2

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    and we score immediately once mitro comes on. WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED?!?!

  • Sumit Sengupta

    Ok it was a striker…lol

  • Alreet

    Come on lads. Theres a real team on now.

  • Alreet

    Get innnnn!!!!

  • Alreet

    Noooooo

  • Alreet

    Pass of the season followed by offside. Ffs

  • Soldier

    Rafa`s team selections is costing us points we can ill afford to lose

    • hetonmag

      So you are not happy with a point after being 2-0 down ?

      • Soldier

        yes, but i`m not wrong.

        • hetonmag

          Howay man first goal 3 defender’s and a goalie they have one man in the box and score that isn’t the manager’s fault.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            we can never win a game as long as Hoss & Perez are up front
            Jesus Christ !!!

          • hetonmag

            Your man Mbemba was to blame for Thier second goal.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            [email protected]@k off you idiot

          • hetonmag

            You do the same you vulgar know nowt.

          • Buck Blacket

            That MackemMoose eh?

          • Kev Newcastle England

            And Diame when he plays we cant win

  • Peaky Magpie

    Take that after recent run.8 wins & 1 draw to go lads.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    point earned. still have more points than games played. still on pace for 40.

    now let’s never bring up this fat t^rd of a game again.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    A point is welcome but we will never win a game with Hoss & Perez up front

  • Alreet

    Take a draw after the complete Ahole of a first half.

    Never seen such a poor display from us since the middle of last season.

    Second was like a real team. Please rafa start with the team that finished tonight on saturday.

  • Alan Pardew

    We have to get ready for a tough game at Chelsea next week with a game plan that will work.

    • Andy Mac

      I hear you’re gonna be the new Baggies manager tomorrow ? Why couldnt you have started tonight ?

      • Alan Pardew

        I need to make sure that with the experience that I’ve got, I use it in the right manner, and I’ll be focusing on that, making sure that the team winning mentality doesn’t drop off, and that we structurally are right.

        • Andy Mac

          ……and you pose a fret going forward as opposed to going backward ?

          • Alan Pardew

            I have always managed teams that have played attacking, positive football.

            As a manager we love 1-0s. Get a clean sheet, stay disciplined and see the game out.

        • Kev Newcastle England

          Clown

  • Andy Mac

    Last time the Baggies won at home Rafa was a youngster offering windscreen washes at the side of the road in Madrid. Jeez we are shlte.

    • gallowgate26

      I said at the start of the season how the baggies were the model mid-table side, with the perfect formula and manager for a small club. As usual I have administered the kiss of death… HA HA…

      • Andy Mac

        I wouldnt kiss anyone with that Potty mouth ? 🤔