Alan Shearer sees possibilities for Newcastle United on Sunday.

The former number nine thinks that much will depend on the team Antonio Conte picks.

After drawing 0-0 at Norwich, in the replay at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea boss made nine changes from the 11 who had played the previous Premier League match.

In two hours of football Chelsea only managed one goal and were lucky to go through on penalties.

Alan Shearer says that Rafa and his players will have an ‘opportunity’ if Conte sends out a similar strength team.

Whilst Rafa confirmed today that only Jesus Gamez was ruled out on Sunday through injury, Conte admitted that Courtois, Willian and Morata would all definitely miss, whilst Fabregas will have a late fitness test.

Obviously the Premier League is everything this season for Newcastle but a win on Sunday would give everybody connected to NUFC a massive lift.

Alan Shearer speaking to Coral:

“I think that Sunday is an opportunity (for Newcastle).

“I watched the replay of Chelsea against Norwich at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea were slightly fortunate, they got through on penalties and it perhaps should have been different.

“If that Chelsea (team) turns up, the Chelsea that weren’t good enough to beat Norwich over two games in open play, then Newcastle will have an opportunity.

“It was refreshing that Rafa played a strong team in the previous round (3-1 win over Luton).

“Hopefully he (Rafa) will play a strong team again, but if Chelsea play a full strength team, and they are at it 100%, then it will be a very tough for Newcastle.”

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  • Monkseaton Magpies

    For once Shearer has got it right not all doom and gloom for a change 2,700 fans going down to cheer them on so here’s hoping.

  • GlasgowMag

    I think rafa will use this as a shop window approach for the likes of Mitro before the window closes to gain funds. Hopefully fat boy will hand over the funds if we do sell but I fear another Jan profit is more likely. I hope we go for the win but Wednesday’s game is more important shame but thats the reality under our present dictatorship!!

    • 1957

      Or he may continue to keep Mitrovic away from harm an injury wouldn’t help selling him

      • We all know that’s why he’s not playing. There is no injury, the club just can’t risk him getting injured if a potential 10m+ bid comes in from outside the Prem.

      • GlasgowMag

        You might be right also another view his value is going up that he’s not playing, if he play’s his value may drop lol!!!

      • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

        Mitro will play as we’re not buying anyone. Ashley would sell for the right price but Rafa will decline. #AshleyOut

  • magpiefifer

    With the Burnley game only 3 days later I’ll be very surprised to see Rafa playing too many first choice players.

    • Are there any certain starters for Rafa except Lascelles? As far as I’m concerned apart from him and perhaps Merino/Atsu everyone is a squad player and that’s how Rafa likes to do things. I expect us to field a decent side with maybe Gayle/Murphy and Perez starting up front with Diame and Hayden in midfield and let Lascelles rest and play Dummet and Clark as CB with Haidara and Manquillo as fullbacks and Woodman in goal.

  • TheFatController

    We need to beat Burnley and Palace and Chelsea now need a cup run.

    What strength teams do we think the respective managers will put out then?

  • Peaky Magpie

    Why’s Big Al holding his finger n thumb like that…..divvent tell us Denis Wise is playing !!!

    • thewildchimp

      Showing the combined size of b0llocks our boardroom has.

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂

  • A win against Chelsea will have a massive boost of confidence to the whole team. Any win is positive, I think if we go out and attack Chelsea we could get something out of this game. Conte looks like he is on a short straw and possible could go if a few more bad results happen. Chelsea bought players who are not performing up to expectations for big money, so they are under constant pressure to perform well and I think that really hurts their team. I believe we can use that to our advantage. If we only put away more of those clear chances we could have been 10th or up by now, so without signings I don’t think we can stay up unless all the other teams do worse than we do and they have an easier program.

  • Peaky Magpie

    I’m going for a Toon 2-0 win,Lascelles plays a blinder then signs for Chelsea 10pm Wednesday night for £30m……

    • Damon Horner

      You talk like we’re some kind of umambitious selling club!

      • Peaky Magpie

        Sorry,does it come across like that 😂😂😂

        • Damon Horner

          Don’t worry about it, mistakes happen. Just a shame we missed out on Sanchez 😒

          • Peaky Magpie

            Aye,gutted on that one,nearly got it over the line apparently ! 😂

          • Mitros gotta start

            Would have been lawrie sanchez anyway

          • Peaky Magpie

            Divvent be daft Mitros,Lawrie Sanchez will be the new boss…..1st Feb press conference 2pm 🤣

          • Mitros gotta start

            At least he has got experience working with shyte players in lower leagues

          • Jezza

            Brilliant.

          • thewildchimp

            Not so sure ’bout his resell value, though… Would he net us 50 million? Gotta look forward into the future!

      • TheNutJob

        we are and always have been a selling club, ambition went out the window when Fatty arrived

        • Damon Horner

          I don’t think you’re giving our lovely Mike the respect and credit he deserves there.

  • TheNutJob

    Nee transfer news lads, oh well maybe tomorrow, Fattys had Penfold`s fone contract terminated, starts again 1st Feb

  • TheNutJob

    Rafa can shuffle the pack as our squad is much of a likeness, we haven`t any outstanding players.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Shuffle the team Nut that’s the way forward,Darlow up front with the Hoss in goal…..genius…

      • TheNutJob

        we gota leave the Hoss up top Peaky, i fancy him for his 1st toon Hat-trick
        😂😂

        • Peaky Magpie

          Aye of course stupid me,are you going for the perfect hat trick,left right & head or what ?

          • TheNutJob

            3 in offs

          • Peaky Magpie

            His a**e ! He would be the first striker ever who would have nee idea what’s just happened !

        • Mitros gotta start

          One off his 4rse……an own goal and 1 that deflects in off a defender after the open goal he misses goes 10 yards wide

    • Mitros gotta start

      No outstanding players?
      According to Rafa today we have a 50 million pound striker that cant even get in the team!

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂

      • Peaky Magpie

        🤣🤣🤣

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    they have more competent players. there’s your “one factor” right there.

  • grantham mag

    The one factor is goals where are ours coming from.

  • Simon Rhodes

    The picture looks like Big Al is describing just how big Denis Wise is.