The Newcastle team v Watford has just been confirmed.

Rafa Benitez looking to get only Newcastle’s second win in six games this month.

In their entire history, including pre-Premier League era, the Magpies have never won a top tier league match here.

Ki is on international duty and on Friday, Rafa Benitez ruled out Lejeune, Darlow and Clark from starting.

Kenedy, Muto and Joselu out.

Atsu, Perez and Rondon in.

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Hayden, Atsu, Perez, Rondon

The subs:

Woodman, Manquillo, Schar, Shelvey, Murphy, Muto, Joselu

Compare with the fans choice team here.

Jonjo Shelvey deemed not fit enough to start and/or Rafa preferring a more negative Diame/Hayden partnership to try and get a clean sheet.

The Newcastle boss replacing his front two, whilst Fabian Schar once again very unlucky to see himself on the bench again.

Kenedy doesn’t feature at all in the matchday 18…

 



  • Marty had

    You have put Joselu in team and on the bench ! One in the squad is bad enough. We haven’t cloned him I hope

    • Damon Horner

      Two Muto’s as well

      • Rich Lawson

        Have we come to the point where we hope they wont notice we have 13 players on the pitch ?

    • Rich Lawson

      Yes,we can get wool off him now to offset his wages.

  • Damon Horner

    Two Joselu’s πŸ€”

    • Rich Lawson

      Better than one ?

      • Damon Horner

        Might as well call the match off and give us the three points!

        • Rich Lawson

          Yes, the’re stuffed now.

    • TheFatController

      He’s schizo clearly …

  • Rich Lawson

    What ? Your in,outs and supposed starting team make no sense at all. Are you Graham Porter in disguise ?

  • Patience Dowswell

    Joselu or Rondon in/out? Check ya starting line-ups mate!

    • Dave Mitchison

      In Out then shake it all about meks more sense

  • GlasgowMag

    Wait a minute I’ve had 4 beers in the pub Rondon not playing and the Hoss playing and on the bench barman Diet Coke for me !!!!πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£

    • Rich Lawson

      Have a whisky,it’ll make more sense.

  • ShearersRightPeg

    Harsh on Schar to be dropped instead of Lascelles

  • csh

    Kenedy dropped or injured?

    • Kenny

      Dropped according to the chron

    • Damon Horner

      I’m wondering if Rafa wants to send him back or is it something more basic.

      • mentalman

        Just resting him i would imagine funny though when we are actually playing with wingers today

      • csh

        Hopefully dropping him to give him the kick up the backside he needs. Been awful this season.

    • Rich Lawson

      Sulking or recovering from a new tattoo ?

  • Kenny

    Rondon, Perez up front, i thought he`d play Muto,
    looks like he`s going with a back 4 thank God

    • Damon Horner

      Its a back 5 to me. Rafa likes rotating his attacking options over the Christmas and Perez and Rondon are first choice for him anyway.

      • Kenny

        That isn`t the starting line up and i`m betting it`s a back 4

  • Tommy

    Rafa would play Perez on crutches.

    • mentalman

      It may help him stay in his feet

    • Rich Lawson

      And beat him to the pass ?

  • Coach Clagnut

    I remember this lot trying to kick us off the park up at St.James’. Wonder how much leeway the slapheed with the whistle will give em today.

    • Kenny

      You watching the match, i am but i haven`t got a clue whats going on
      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      • Coach Clagnut

        You’re not Penfold in disguise are ya?

  • Tommy

    Getting excited we have had 25% possession..

  • ash1001

    Just watch Rangers v Celtic, OK its Scottish football, but two teams having a right go at each, then I see the NUFC team for today, think we are in the position where Rafa is not going to, and MA is not going to sack him, so its Deja Vue and sod the supporters.
    Tell me Rafa, what did Longstaff do wrong to not justify a place at least on the bench today, I accept that Kennedy is not performing as well as last season, but get real hes a young lad and you play him all over the shop, then he gets the chop.
    Sorry Rafa but its time you looked at yourself as bit. or say it like it really is, we as supporters deserve that at least.

    • mentalman

      This sort of game will be of no benefit to longstaff and will badly affect him if we lose

  • Coach Clagnut

    Dubravka pulls us out of the smelly stuff again!

  • mentalman

    We have too many players only looking for the sideways or backwards pass

  • Coach Clagnut

    They’re working their theatrics on Yedlin and the ref is gonna but it soon.

    • mentalman

      Yedlin is making it easy for the ref to book him

      • Coach Clagnut

        yup

  • Coach Clagnut

    The mighty Salomon strikes again.

    • mentalman

      Great cross and goal

      • Coach Clagnut

        That it was.

  • ScreamStevie

    That’s all you have to do. Put the ball in front of Rondon in the penalty area. So why don’t we do it more often?

    • Coach Clagnut

      Coz it’s hard.

  • mentalman

    The defence looks far more solid with Lascelles in the centre and fernandez on the right of the 3

  • Coach Clagnut

    Success got away with a shocking elbow on Hayden. Same bloke who collapsed after Yedlin breathed on him. Cheating piece of shyt.

  • Rabid Dog

    Don’t overlook Atsu’s role in the goal. Stayed on his feet when fouled and played on. Good lad.

    • Kenny

      Good move, excellent finish

  • Kenny

    The lads are doing well,
    there`s 1 player on the pitch wearing gloves apart from the keepers.
    Guess who it is.

    • mentalman

      Daryl janmaat

      • Kenny

        No as far as i can see
        just seen him you are right

        • Coach Clagnut

          Step forward Perez. Got too much grease on his fingers last outing preening himself.

          • Kenny

            He`s his usual self

          • Coach Clagnut

            My Preciousssss.

    • Rabid Dog

      He did put a cracking pass in for Rondon tho. Those are the twinkles of skill he can show… just not often enough unfortunately

      • Tommy

        once or twice a game, as you say, not often enough

    • Billmag

      And he keeps waving his arms in the air.

      • Kenny

        Taxi

  • nufcslf

    That’s bloody close to being 2. Can’t understand why the attcking side are given the benefit on such a close call.

    • Coach Clagnut

      We’re not media darlings so we get nowt. If that was light as air Salah it would have stood. Probably.

  • mentalman

    About time he booked one of them

    • Coach Clagnut

      They got away with murder last time we played em.

  • Tommy

    H/T, Rondon has them all over the shop when we attack, is Perez on the pitch?
    good move to get the goal.

  • Rabid Dog

    As you know I am critical of Perez, but have you seen how deep he is playing, often behind Diame and Hayden. That’s got to be instructions from Rafa, surely ? No wonder he’s not involved.

    • Kenny

      he can`t tackle so whats the point of him being there, i haven`t seen him sprint yet

      • Rabid Dog

        Exactly, he should be running the channels in my view

        • mentalman

          He rarely runs

          • Kenny

            I`d put Muto on at least he has pace

    • ash1001

      Kept track of Perez and it was on 38 minutes when he had his second touch of the football, he runs around around (correction ambles around) trying his best not to get involved – he must have had a message from the laundry person at the club complaining about having to wash his gear all the time, for no involvement.

  • Billmag

    Put decent crosses in for Rondon and he will score, that’s probably the best one he’s had since the Bournemouth game.

    • Kenny

      Spot on & another goal will kill them.

      • Billmag

        Correct πŸ‘.

        • Kenny

          I`d put Muto on to add pace up front i`m sorry to say Perez gives this team nothing

          • Billmag

            Hope Fernandez is ok.

          • mentalman

            He was desperate to go down

          • Billmag

            I was thinking that also.

      • mentalman

        They are struggling with the 3 in midfield, i wouldn’t be suprised if they dont co mne out with a different shape in the 2nd half

        • Kenny

          I think you`re right

        • Billmag

          Yes you are right they have brought Hughes on.

  • Kenny

    Fernandez injured, just as well Lejeune is due back

  • Coach Clagnut

    Watford’s new tactic; bring on the thugs.

  • mentalman

    That must be 4 or 5 blatant pull backs on our players

  • nufcslf

    How many times has Perez flapped his arms in disgust for a player that does f**k all. Cheeky [email protected]

    • Rabid Dog

      Annoying isn’t it

  • Coach Clagnut

    Yedlin…what a mug.

    • mentalman

      That was inevitable

    • nufcslf

      But he’s really fast……….

      • mentalman

        He doesn’t do anything at pace though

        • nufcslf

          Taking the pysh.

    • Rabid Dog

      To be fair. Success has be taking the mick all game

      • Coach Clagnut

        Agreed. But getting booked for petulance is idiotic.

        • Rabid Dog

          Yes

  • Kenny

    Rondon is putting a shift in, pity his mate isn`t doing that

    • mentalman

      Time for muto, although it’ll probably be hoss who comes on

      • Kenny

        I was just going to post that as Perez lost the ball again

      • nufcslf

        Likely for Richie is my worry.

  • nufcslf

    Oh, to sneek a second goal with them pushing forward. Too much to ask for…..

  • Tweed Mag

    Muto for Perez would be good. Muto runs more, will take the pressure off Rondon a bit

  • Kenny

    We are giving away stupid free kicks

    • mentalman

      We always do

  • Coach Clagnut

    Time for the blood pressure pills

    • Kenny

      Mine is whiskey, a large one.

      • nufcslf

        Same for me and it is only 20 to 9 in the morning here.

        • Kenny

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  • Kenny

    Hayden did his bit today

  • mentalman

    Strange sub in my opinion

  • Kenny

    1-1

  • Tweed Mag

    Shame – just hang on lads.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Looks like slapheed want Watford to equalise. Blatant fouling ignored.

  • Rabid Dog

    How is Atsu having his heel trodden on and losing his boot NOT a freekick?

    • Coach Clagnut

      Bent Ref

    • nufcslf

      Exactly. Boot did looked like a slip on when he picked it up.

  • nufcslf

    There it is. Too easy in the end.

    • Kenny

      Defence went to sleep

  • Coach Clagnut

    Looks as if we’ve shot our bolt. Lot’s of tired legs out there.

    • mentalman

      All the unused subs must be tired to

    • nufcslf

      Yip, long 6 mins or so.

    • Kenny

      Muto should have been on 15 minutes ago

      • nufcslf

        Very much so.

      • Billmag

        Before that I would say it was crying out for someone with pace.

        • nufcslf

          Is that a Chinese lunch??!!

  • Billmag

    Ritchie been having a hell of a game, but he has to do better there to close the player down.

  • Tweed Mag

    They deserve something out of this. Toon Army magnificent.

  • Kenny

    Cardiff & Fulham winning

    • Billmag

      Snap.πŸ˜€

      • Kenny

        πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • nufcslf

      Not good. Cashley and his gang will be happy.

      • Kenny

        when you look at the fixtures we have it`s not good

        • nufcslf

          Yes, especially with pantomime going on off the pitch.

          • Coach Clagnut

            Oh no it isn’t

        • Peaky

          Fancied our chances v Man Utd under Mourinho…I don’t now…

          • Kenny

            Park the bus & hope for the best.

          • nufcslf

            Be a cracking game for the paying sheep, I mean customer.

          • Coach Clagnut

            Agree. Could be another goal difference destroyer. Especially if the ref is from Manchester.

          • Billmag

            We got nowt again today off the officials.

          • Coach Clagnut

            N.U.F.C. The official punchbag of the Premiershit.

          • Billmag

            Don’t worry Peaky, Perez will come alive.

          • nufcslf

            Too bloody true.

  • nufcslf

    Thought that was us sh*t and bust for a second there.

  • Billmag

    Fulham and Cardiff both winning.

  • Coach Clagnut

    3 would have been nice but i’d have took a point before kick-off.

    • Kenny

      Playing with 10 doesn`t help

    • Billmag

      First time for a while I thought we deserved all 3 points most of the lads worked there socks off.

  • Billmag

    Watford got out of jail there, lots of pluses in our team today and just a couple of minuses.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Rondon was outstanding. Dubravka saved us early on and even Atsu put in a bit of a shift. Reckon Perez didn’t have enough chip fat on his noggin to give him a little more anchorage.

      • Billmag

        Spot on.πŸ‘

  • Peaky

    Good point….only 33 behind Liverpool but they do have a game in hand….

    • Kenny

      😡😡😡😡

    • Coach Clagnut

      We’re creeping up on em

      • Ron

        Only fair to give the weaker teams a head start.

  • Billmag

    No wonder the Bookies fill there bags with football coupons, how can Leicester beat Man City then go and get beat ofoff Cardiff.

    • Peaky

      And theres Wolves at Spurs…

      • Kenny

        That was a shocker.

      • Billmag

        Everything is falling into place for the bin dippers.

    • nufcslf

      Makes you wonder. But lets the pundits come up with there are no easy games in the prem. Total shyte of course.

  • Kenny

    Perez outs Rafa as his long lost Dad, some holiday in Tenerife a while back

    • Peaky

      πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

    • Coach Clagnut

      Axle-grease heed has some skills no doubt. Why he continually fails to exhibit them is a mystery.

    • Billmag

      Thought he was directing traffic today the amount of times his arms was up in the air.

    • nufcslf

      Wish Perez was his least favourite son.

  • Peaky

    See Leazes got an MBE today
    Me
    Block
    Everybody…..

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Disappointed, Although beforehand I would have taken a point, But afterwards cannot help feeling that two points were dropped here.
    I hope those two dropped points don’t count against us come the shake up !

    • Coach Clagnut

      Any 3 from 7. We’ve got Rafa, our only hope to stay up.

      • Kenny

        I think Burnley & Huddersfield will go

        • Peaky

          Yes…think Palace will probably be ok…going to be tight mind you.

          • Kenny

            Palace will be ok, let`s see if the other teams spend next month, we all know we won`t

        • nufcslf

          I would add Cardiff to those two by the end of the season, but it is going to go down to the wire with no guarantee’s.

          • Kenny

            We must beat Cardiff

          • Peaky

            We will….we’ll have Bale & Aguero by then….πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

          • nufcslf

            Thank God for that………

          • nufcslf

            Absolute must. Will be another 90 minutes of torture I’m sure.

    • nufcslf

      Had chances to get the all important second, but showed the lack in depth…thanks to the fat c**t…to pull it off. The match was always one mistake away from being 1 all, and it happened.

    • Peaky

      Those dropped points at home to Fulham could really haunt us….we simply have to put Huddersfield and Cardiff away at SJP.

      • nufcslf

        It’s the overall home results….if it stay’s like the first 10…that will f**k us. Dreadful.

        • Peaky

          Bang on…still the worst in all 4 leagues…

          • nufcslf

            And has been bloody awful for as a long has fatty has been around. I believe Pisdew had a 45% home record when he was allowed to leave instead of being sacked. On a different topid I see Salah is at it again, another dive and soft penalty against Arsenal this time.

          • Peaky

            They really need to crack down on Salah…he’s gone right down in my estimations.

          • nufcslf

            Agreed.

  • Kenny

    Rafa is the best for me but he must see that Perez gives nothing to that team.

  • GlasgowMag

    Credit where it is due but Watford are miles ahead of us regarding investment but god the boys and Rafa ran them close today!!!

  • Kenny

    Lee, yes Mike,
    tell Rafa to take the lads out for a pizza, it`s on me.
    What about the budget Mike,
    that`s a good idea, take the money out of that for the pizza`s.
    Click.