The Newcastle team v Manchester City has just been confirmed.

Rafa Benitez no doubt looking forward to getting this match out of the way before the international break.

Newcastle of course have a disastrous record at the Etihad.

Man City have won every Premier League fixture there in the Mike Ashley era, nine and counting, NUFC last getting a point in the 2006/07 season.

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ki, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon

and the Subs:

Sterry, Longstaff, Atsu, Murphy Muto, Darlow, Joselu

Rafa sticking with a five at the back by the look of it, with Lascelles in for Schar.

Whilst the only other change from the Chelsea match is Kenedy comes in for Murphy.

Compare Rafa’ selection to the preferred fan option HERE

Man City v Newcastle Match Betting:

Man City win 1/10Draw 10/1Newcastle win 28/1

Rondon to score first goal 17/1NUFC win 1-0 70/17 goals or more in match 17/2

All Man City v Newcastle betting HERE



  • Carverlier football

    Interesting point from Danny Mills on 5 Live just now – Bournemouth have been incredibly negative against Chelsea today, but will Eddie Howe get the same stick as Rafa did? (My crystal ball says: No)

    • steve

      They were away from home so no

    • Peaky

      Eddie Howe is one of the darlings of the southern press….so no…

  • Peaky

    Hope Man City aren’t trying to poach the prolific Hoss today…..thebastards…..

  • Peaky

    FFS in the bottom 3 before we even kick off today…

    • Kenny

      no matter who he picked they are just not good enough for the prem

      • Without Shelvey and Ritchie on the pitch we aren’t a Prem team, but nobody expects us to get anything today, and we’ve proved those wrong under Benitez a few times. For us, the season starts after the Arsenal match.

        • Ron

          I might be very wrong here but didn’t the season start against Spurs?

    • And on that bottom place sits West Ham which spent a small fortune and got a top Manager. Man Utd are 2 points ahead of us. Give the guys a break.

      • Ashley-out

        they have the players to recover, we havent

        • Care to bet your house on it? Fans like you saif we’ll get relegated last year and we finished 10th.

          • Ashley-out

            I wasn’t on here last year
            Genius

          • Ben Jones

            He said like you and also he didn’t say exclusively on here.

            Do keep up

      • Peaky

        Nothing to do with giving “the guys a break”….we are currently in the bottom 3….fact.

        • Ron

          A true fact – not like the trolls commenting all around us

        • Start panicking mate and go get your meds then.

  • Ashley-out

    Ashley, die & make it quick

    • Ron

      slowly

      • Ashley-out

        Horribly

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    looks like the game is being preempted by the John McCain funeral in the US. Probably for the best.

  • With this setup we have a chance. No way can we beat City seting up 4-3-3. Let’s hope we can do some damage! HWTL!

    • Ashley-out

      no we don’t

  • ScreamStevie

    It really is about keeping the score down. Come the end of the season we might need to rely on goal difference.

    • Benitez wants to win but we must contain City for the large part of it

    • nufcslf

      What a total sh*t existence. Any club with that mind set doesn’t belong in the premier division.

  • Kenny

    you know what the problem is, every f##king game is damage limitation.

  • GlasgowMag

    I’m not looking forward to this one could be a kicking,also bottom 3 before we start are well here we go!!! Ps I wonder if our illustrious owner even watches and if so does he not get embarrassed by the tools he has provided to Rafa “bringing a knife to a gun fight comes to mind”.

    • nufcslf

      Don’t think he watches or cares. The money side of things are canny though and that is all that matters.

  • GlasgowMag

    I don’t know if I will be watching this for long 1-0

  • Wezza

    Lascelles with the error.

  • Mxpx

    This is embarrassing were playing with 5 defenders and two dms

    • Billmag

      Doesn’t matter what system you play if you make mistakes against this opposition you will get punished.

      • Mxpx

        Agreed but if we allow the whole game to be played in our goalmouth it becomes alot easier to Bury a loose ball if we got stuck in in the midfield then we’d have more of finding our own chance of picking up on a loose ball and we might give our defence a chance to cover for our midfield

      • mentalman

        The way we are set up encourages mistakes and quite often in the box

    • GlasgowMag

      What would you do with the players at Rafas disposal!!!

      • Ashley-out

        Commit suicide

      • Mxpx

        Use jacob Murphy

        • GlasgowMag

          Murphy for Kenedy would still be the same system!!! Not exactly a solution I’m afraid!!

          • Mxpx

            I’m advocating for playing him instead of an extra cb as we would have an outlet ball

          • GlasgowMag

            That system would open us up to a drubbing I’m afraid put some trust in your manager 1-1 not to bad at this stage!!

          • Mxpx

            I’m not sure city right now are 4 vs 3 in midfield as such we can expect them to keep coming through us in midfield if we made it 4vs4 we’d have more chance of winning some of the midfield battles

  • Wezza

    If Lascelles is making mistakes like this theres something going on behind the scenes. Not good!
    Might as well have a go now.

  • Billmag

    Someone tell me we get a free kick everyone piles forward and it goes back to the GK FFS.

    • mentalman

      They are following instruction, yedlin has just let the ball go out for a corner rather than get it up the pitch

      • Billmag

        What back to GK when everyone has piled forward that’s not order’s it’s just plain amateurish.

        • mentalman

          It will go back to the gk the whole game, any corner we get will be short and end up back to our own half as will free kicks

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    no raheem, we don’t hate you because you’re effeminate or whatever, it’s because you celebrate a goal against a bottom 3 side like you just scored to win the world cup. Sore loser and a bad winner = an unlikable person.

  • Waxi

    10 mins in and the backside has collapsed. We are all over the place

  • Mxpx

    We’re like the kid getting bullied at school instead of fighting back were rolling into a ball and inviting them to hit us

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      ask Huddersfield how fighting back turned out

    • ToonTom

      We’re like the kid getting bullied at school who wisely doesn’t fight back in order to avoid the pasting of a lifetime. Not saying it’s right or good, just what it is.

  • Mrkgw

    Like Harrods vs Sports Direct in terms of quality this.

    • nufcslf

      Very good.

  • Ashley-out

    Can’t even put 2 passes together & no intention of going forward

  • ToonTom

    City have absolutely no fear whatsoever of us so they are willing to play at their own pace, on their agenda, chasing everything because they know they can because they know the squad they are facing is incapable of mounting any sort of a challenge. Without Ritchie and Shelvey, we aren’t even a top Championship side.

    • Danimal

      Surely you mean we were so clever we managed to get all the players in that we needed to strengthen our squad and still managed to make a profit?

      • ToonTom

        Or that, yes.

    • Wezza

      Thanks to one greedy slug.

    • nufcslf

      Especially with already having the lead. Basically defending a 1 nil loss, but only until it turns into 2, 3 and so on.

      • Benmagpie

        I think you mean defending a 1 1 draw. Go Rafa HTL.

  • Wezza

    Oh my god!

  • GlasgowMag

    Get in so Rafas not such a dummy after all!!!

  • ToonTom

    Never in a million years!

  • mentalman

    Look what happens when we attack

    • Mxpx

      Agreed city don’t like it up em

  • ToonTom

    Can we now tame the dragon?

  • ToonTom

    We need to survive the next 10 minutes.

    • Kneebotherm8

      I was just gonna say exactly the same thing.

  • Leicester Mag

    Wow !

  • Kenny

    Peps schitting himself, great move & goal

    • mentalman

      This formation suits yedlin

  • GlasgowMag

    Never a free kick

  • GlasgowMag

    Hopefully ref is not going to shaft us today!!!

    • Waxi

      Friend is no friend of ours

  • ToonTom

    I think he’ll give everything he feels he can get away with.

  • mentalman

    Its an old cliche but attack is the best form of defence if the game is being played in the centre of the pitch its a lot harder for the opposition to score than it is if the game is being played mainly in our box

  • Kenny

    Have a go when we have the ball, they are not that good at the back

  • Wezza

    City are light years ahead of Manure.
    We juts need to get to half time and we may have some confidence.

  • Kenny

    Pep will have to phone a friend at half time, 😂😃😂

  • GlasgowMag

    Bloody stone wall corner!!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Yes

  • Kenny

    Refs another wanka, i think they hate us

  • ToonTom

    Rondon is strong.

  • mentalman

    In the first 30mins citeh barely made a backwards pass we are now pressuring further up the pitch and they are having to go backwards to keep possesion. We should have been doing this from the start

    • GlasgowMag

      Just a nervous start Rafas system seems to be working also we have had a couple of good breaks!!

      • mentalman

        I think they started how rafa wanted to play the match, he’s ever seen something and changed how we approach the game or the players decided to do it

  • ToonTom

    Never a free kick!

  • Wezza

    As usual we are getting nothing from this ref, yet City are wrapped in cotton wool.

  • ToonTom

    Now we need to get to half-time without conceding.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Definitely.

  • ToonTom

    From BBC website:
    Kris Jefferson: Just to compare the teams, Newcastle’s entire line up cost roughly £30mil, every Man City player in their line up, apart from David Silva and Gabriel Jesus, cost more than that individually….

    • Wezza

      Just goes to show the gulf in ambition and spending. We don’t expect even the 123M to have been spent but we didn’t want players sold and cheaper replacements/freebies brought in.

  • Mrkgw

    Great equaliser – hope that we build on that.

  • Billmag

    Good grief that was an up and down half well worked goal mind.

  • GlasgowMag

    Now Rafas doubters mabye give him a little bit of praise boys played well, set up by a system prepared by a world class managers experience!!

    • Kenny

      just think what he could do if he had the players he wanted

    • Kneebotherm8

      They’ll not…….

  • Wezza

    I bet we get shafted via another penalty again.

    • Kenny

      you better believe it

    • nufcslf

      I hope not, but if it is all defending to keep it 1 all, you can bring any sort of sh*t decision against you. We shall see. Maybe the Hoss will come and get the winner.

    • GlasgowMag

      Hope your not right Wezza but they certainly have had their fair share of decisions in dangerous areas!!

    • ToonTom

      I was going to post it until I saw you had. The ref will even convince himself that he’s simply giving Citeh the benefit of the doubt. 78th minute, probably, especially if it’s still 1-1.

      • Wezza

        It would be following the same pattern as our other games! Lets pray lol.

  • Kenny

    Bet Citee is getting a right old Pep talk, you never know if we can hold the line we may come away with something

    • Billmag

      Everything crossed if we get something it would be a great boost for everybody, only half time though.

      • Kenny

        👍

        • Wezza

          Manure trolls been posting because he forgot fleckman, monkseaton supposed to be at the game lol. Vermins.

          • Kenny

            All Rats

  • DC1964

    Dubravka has been excellent, great handling! You can clearly hear him barking out the orders, a very confident goalkeeper!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Totally agree.

    • Benmagpie

      I think rondons looking good too

    • Kenny

      top class

  • Kneebotherm8

    Ederson has had fck all to do except pick the ball out the net once……..hope he gets that to do again in the second half……

  • Wezza

    Why does Dummett look like he has a black eye? Lascelles at it again? lol

  • Kenny

    Fernandez looks the real deal, been good

    • Kneebotherm8

      Solid as a rock………used to play for Benitez at Napoli, I think.

  • ToonTom

    Don’t give cheap free kicks away or even opportunities for the ref to give a homer!

    • Wezza

      That was harsh! Ref giving us nothing!

  • GlasgowMag

    Mark my words this ref is a homer City getting everything around the box!!

  • ToonTom

    That’s what £30m+ gets you.

  • GlasgowMag

    Are well you cannot do anything about that!!!

    • Wezza

      Yep.
      But we should have hada free kick before that and typically ref gave nothing.

      • DC1964

        The ref is shocking!

    • mentalman

      Clark could have tried to block it instead of just stopping

  • Wezza

    Kenedy limping, wonder if he will be out long? Good thing we spent a lot on our squad! Oh wait.

    • mentalman

      We’ve brought on a 6million enigma instead of murphy

  • mentalman

    I’ve never found myself saying this before but we need to get the ball to yedlin more

  • cds

    oh maan , dummet with that shot, it su everything with this player , lack of football brain

  • GlasgowMag

    Exactly the same foul as before the goal in the city half and they get a free kick!!!

  • Mxpx

    Paul Dummett fair play for taking the shot on but I think he’s the last player we wanted in that position

    • ToonTom

      Good cross came in a minute or so earlier and the nearest Newcastle player to it was a dumbfounded Dummett standing outside the box. We could do with our No. 9 being in or around the penalty spot.

  • ToonTom

    Not sure that Citeh goal was offside. We may have cut a break for once.

    • Mxpx

      Agreed it was onside to my eyes

  • Billmag

    Look at difference in substitute’s we bring on Atsu they bring on Silva.

    • mentalman

      I thought we had decided to go down to 10men when kenedy went off

    • nufcslf

      Thank the fat c**t for that. Couldn’t give a sh*t if we were 2-1 up, this is awful to watch.

    • Mxpx

      I think it’s disgusting they should only be allowed one silva at any given time

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      he cost almost as much as our entire starting 11

  • robbersdog

    We had a bit of hope, we started to dream…but only for about 25 minutes. And that just about sums up where we are as a club right now.

    We’ll have two weeks to stew, and then our next game is against Arsenal. Oh sh*t!

    • Wezza

      Well we beat Arsenal last season so never know.

    • GlasgowMag

      Still in it will be interesting if it’s still the same last 10mins!!

      • Kenny

        go at them in the last 10

  • robbersdog

    Bloody hell, it’s like the Alamo, and Dubravka is John Wayne.

    • GlasgowMag

      Problem is they all died at the end!!!😂😂🤣🤣

  • Kenny

    Charge of the light brigade at the moment

  • Wezza

    Dubravka keeping us in the game

    • DC1964

      Top drawer!

      • mentalman

        Only cost 4million

        • DC1964

          I know, bit of a steal!

          • mentalman

            Just shows there is quality out there which doesn’t cost a fortune

          • DC1964

            Especially when you consider the huge fees that the Liverpool and Chelsea keepers went for!

        • Peaky

          Away for £30m in January if Fatso gets his way…

          • nufcslf

            Yip.

          • mentalman

            Like he sold lascelles?

          • Danimal

            Did anyone actually want Lascelles?

          • Ron

            Us!

          • mentalman

            I believe there were enquiries made

          • Danimal

            I know Everton were mentioned but not sure if anything happened. If there were two clubs sniffing then I’m sure Fatty would be amenable to a bidding war. It seems like we rate Lascelles higher than anyone, he never gets a mention as an England fringe player, whereas Mawson and others do. Having said that, I rate him and hope we keep him.

          • mentalman

            Southgate will never pick jamaal because he’s not a ball player whereas mawson is.

          • Danimal

            Possibly the same applies to the top Premier teams too.

          • mentalman

            There are plenty of teams in the prem who would have paid the money and given him a pay rise.

            Anyway we’ll never know whst happened in to the summer

          • Kenny

            The giant Rat will flog him

          • Ron

            Rafa will want to take him with him.

    • Kenny

      to true he is

  • GlasgowMag

    Think Murphy could do job last 10mins counter attack and just go for it

    • Danimal

      He’s scored here before.

  • Kenny

    come on boys, give it a go.

  • GlasgowMag

    Who’s the man!!!😂😂😂🤣🤣

  • Ron

    Dummett’s canny

  • Kenny

    the Murphs coming on Rafa will go for it

  • mentalman

    Strange sub, before the game we’d have happily finished with this score and now he’s changing it to more attacking when we’ve not really looked that threatening this half

    • Mxpx

      As good as city are going forwards they’re vulnerable defensively always worth having a go against them stones and walker are good players but are NOT defenders

      • mentalman

        I’d have brought murphy on instead of atsu earlier or kept things the same and replaced perez

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          I’d forgotten Perez was even on the pitch…

        • Mxpx

          You’re right that would have made sense to me too

  • GlasgowMag

    Could we Knick a draw!!!

    • DC1964

      We could if we went for it but we seem to be content with a slight defeat!

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        shut up

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Citeh fans already leaving, what a bunch of spoiled [email protected]

    • Jimblag23

      Did you see their rapturous applause when they scored? It wasn’t like they’d won a throw.
      There were a few clapping Rondon off so fair play to that.

      • Peaky

        Just read on BBC live feed one of their fans saying it’s going to be a long season as Jesus & Mahrez not good enough & Fernandinho too old…..unbelievable.😂🤣😂

        • Kneebotherm8

          Aye,they need to sign Messi……………….then again……he’ll be too old…….

        • Billmag

          Can we have them please fatty.😀😀

          • Kneebotherm8

            Aye they might get into our reserves….😂

        • Jimblag23

          My heart bleeds.

    • Peaky

      Flights to catch……to Japan..

  • DC1964

    Our keeper is our MOTM!

    • Kneebotherm8

      I’d give him 11 out of 10.

      • Jimblag23

        I’d give him 10, knocked off a point for the kick at the end 😂

        • Kneebotherm8

          You’re a hard man……😂😂

    • Kenny

      Great show by Dubravka

  • Kenny

    we gave them a game, you can ask for no more than that

    • Wezza

      Yeah we worked hard cant fault that and were beaten by 2 quality goals.

      • Spoon_Army

        Agree 👍

    • Kneebotherm8

      No

    • DC1964

      We were beaten by 2 screamers as well!

    • Billmag

      👍

    • Spoon_Army

      Absolutely. 👍

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    loathe to root for manure, but we need them to take all 3 vs burnley tomorrow to mitigate the damage

  • Billmag

    Thought the lads did ok, the gulf in class is there for all to see you, could count on one hand how many miss placed passes they made. Well done Dub’s at least Aguero didn’t get his usual goal.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Normally gets a hat trick against us.

      • Billmag

        Correct 👍.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Unfortunately…

  • ToonTom

    Never a game we were expecting a point from. Did well to stay in the game. But for Walker’s screamer, who knows? Why did he have to pick today to come up with that one?

    • Tino o

      Screamer are you joking went thru about 5 we did ok but not nearly good enough imagine if Rafa was supported by his owner???

  • Peaky

    Can’t wait for Mad Monk’s spin on this….he’ll be organising an open top bus from St Mary’s Lighthouse to Spanish City on Monday night….Leazes will be driving….😂🤣

    • nufcslf

      Yeah. Kenedy’s penalty miss is looking worse by the match. Thanks fatty for reducing us to having to watch this sh*t week in and week.

  • Tino o

    Rio Ferdinand [email protected] total fkin idiot