The Newcastle team v Chelsea has just been confirmed.

Rafa Benitez going for a win after watching his team lose four games in a row.

The United boss having Slimani, Atsu, Clark and Kenedy unavailable today.

Only the one change as Jacob Murphy comes in for the ineligible Kenedy.

The weakness of the squad showing as Rafa forced to include both Gamez and Haidara on bench, the pair set to be released next month.

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Murphy, Perez, Gayle

Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Hayden, Joselu, Haidara, Merino, Gamez

Compare Rafa’s side to the fans choice one here.

Newcastle v Chelsea Match Betting:

NUFC win 11/2Draw 16/5Chelsea win 4/7

Both teams to score in 1st half 7/2Perez to score 1st goal 19/2NUFC win 2-0 35/1

All Newcastle v Chelsea betting HERE



  • Peaky

    That bench is shocking….should have given some of the kids a run out…

    • nufcslf

      Agreed. Good start today, though.

  • nufcslf

    Need a goal to reward all of the early pressure. Other than speed Yedlin’s passing if awful.

    • mentalman

      Its always backwards with him

  • nufcslf

    I bet Joselu could have missed that and almost surprised Gayle didn’t based on the season so far.

    • Peaky

      Still think it’ll be Gayle’s last game today….we won’t be able to offload The Hoss and he’ll just see his contract out.

      • nufcslf

        Pathetic how many player’s we have had like that under Cashley and likely still to get as nothing changes over the summer.

  • Coach Clagnut

    fkn referees in this country…not worth their weight in pigeon shyt

    • nufcslf

      They all have a, ‘ Don’t give a penalty to Newcastle at any cost’, written in their little book.

  • mentalman

    Anyone want to defend rafa’s decision to have 3 full backs on the bench. Two of which have amassed about 2 games this season

    • Damon Horner

      Not sure it really needs defending because it’s quite minor but do we have another option other than a ‘keeper?

      • mentalman

        We have young lads who could have took a place or mbemba who could have been on the bench.

        I’m assuming that dummett is the cover for centre back, so if we get an injury there we’ll weaken 2 positions

    • nufcslf

      Probably gives a better look at what will be available for Pardew next season.

      • mentalman

        Gamez and haidara will leave when their contracts end next month so they won’t be there for pardew

  • Coach Clagnut

    and we have a troll

  • Coach Clagnut

    Lascelles looks like he’s struggling after that nut sweller.

    • nufcslf

      Yeah, I felt that 4 and half thousand miles away……..

      • Coach Clagnut

        Brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps

  • Peaky

    Hoss on….long second half ahead now….

    • nufcslf

      Lovely first touch straight out for a throw in to them……..

  • nufcslf

    Just hope that the solid first half isn’t effort isn’t allowed to just fizzle out to a defeat.

    • mentalman

      First 10 mins of this half looks like it might

      • nufcslf

        Very much so.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Whaleoilbeefhooked….where’d that one come from?

    • nufcslf

      More than deserved from the first half, but didn’t see it happening.

  • Coach Clagnut

    It’s a cockerney massacree….luverly jubberly

  • Peaky

    Liverpool 3-0 up anyway….Chelsea players avoiding injury or silly cards now I reckon..

    • nufcslf

      I’m still going to enjoy this for two reasons. The first I play with a mate who is a big Chelsea fan that hates losing and will have already turned this off by now and the second I play with him in a Chelsea vs Liverpool supporter’s club match. Not sure I will be invited this year……..

      • Peaky

        😂🤣😂

  • mentalman

    Could we actually finish the season with a player on double figures

    • Coach Clagnut

      We’re N.U.F.C. we could still blow this

  • Peaky

    Fatty and Penfold on standby in next 30 mins….”who’s going to start the bidding at £30m for Perez”…???

    • paul mclaughlan

      Be rubbing his hands in glee.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Speaking of Piggyeyed Penfold, anyone notice if Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, the Aga Khan or the Sheik of Araby is sitting in the vicinity?

  • mentalman

    Murphy is looking far more comfortable on the left

  • Coach Clagnut

    The Russian Mafia Crew look as if they’ve thrown the towel in.

    • Peaky

      We need to hang on and not concede as Palace are right up our arces…

      • Coach Clagnut

        Aye…Fatty needs the place money, he’s planning another vomit fest.

        • Peaky

          🍺🍺🍺
          🤮🤮🤮

    • nufcslf

      Couple of great faces. Says it all……

  • Coach Clagnut

    Immense performance from Diame again…and I see we found the invisible man.

    • mentalman

      Looks like rafa will scrape any barrell rather than use merino

      • Peaky

        Aye…there’s something amiss there….can see him going off to Bilbao in the summer.

      • Billmag

        If it a rest mate why chip in with something negative.

        • mentalman

          Its an observation, he’s left a very talented midfielder on the bench and brought on a player out of position who has played one game this season and hasnt had his contract extended beyond next month

          • Billmag

            Well the manager has his reasons, a few month back people on this forum were bellyaching on that the Spanish lads where his favourite’s and he wouldn’t drop them.

          • BenMagpie

            which is why most of the people on this forum are really not worth reading….lots of haters and s**t stirrers……..lots of whom don’t go to games. Best refer to one of the 50 plus thousand who go to games. HWTL

          • mentalman

            What difference does it make if you go to a game or not

      • Coach Clagnut

        He’s never been the same since the back injury. Could still be suffering as back injuries are notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat effectively.

  • Peaky

    Well done Rafa & all the lads….tremendous achievement finishing 10th with that squad and total lack of backing….finally one more thing…..ASHLEY FU*K OFF !!!

    • Coach Clagnut

      and take pigeyed penfold with ya…you’ll need someone to wipe ya off when you eventually balloon to 40 stone.

    • nufcslf

      Hear hear

      • relaxed

        Well said regarding the fat fukcer

  • relaxed

    The best game this season
    Totally dominated chelski

  • Damon Horner

    I know it’s last game of the season and all but comparing this game to the others against Chelsea there looks a good improvement. Good effort lads! League title challenge starts next season! 😉

    • Coach Clagnut

      Not even in jest mate. Reinforces the stereotype.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Well we wasn’t really bovvered me owld china…saving us for the big one next week innit.

  • paul mclaughlan

    So parking the bus this season has been a success.

    • Coach Clagnut

      The clowns posting on here criticising Rafa are beneath contempt. Drool covered knuckledraggers reacting game to game.

      • Andy Mac

        I’ve criticised him tbh. Mainly because he kept faith with Joselu for so long when he clearly wasn’t up to it

        • BenMagpie

          neither was diame for a long time…..rafa sees something in training that we dont

          • Coach Clagnut

            Rafa’s forgot more about the game than the Dunning-Kruger trolls will ever know.

          • Andy Mac

            True but Diame has improved ? 🤔

        • Coach Clagnut

          We’ve all shook our heads at selections and substitutions from time to time. It’s the shilltrolls, posting on this rags’ site, persistent efforts to undermine the manager, therefore, by definition, the club, that’s unacceptable.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Dubravka broke a couple of hearts today. The save from Giroud was top drawer.

    • nufcslf

      And very well timed. Not that much to do, but very good when called upon. Now for fatty to ruin the feel good factor by doing f**k to keep it going in the right direction.

      • Coach Clagnut

        Not a question of if, only when.

  • Andy Mac

    £114m was the amount tenth placed Baggies got last season. If we match or improve that there should be no excuse for Fatman ?