Games coming thick and fast now as a busy December could be pivotal to United’s season, this is the predicted Newcastle team v Wolves below.

Who will Rafa Benitez go for?

The Newcastle boss has to make at least one change with Fabian Schar suspended after his fifth yellow card.

Rafa does though get back Matt Ritchie who was the first to pick up five yellows and missed Everton on Wednesday.

Darlow and Hayden are reported to be out injured still, whilst it is too early for Sterry and Lejeune, although Rafa Benitez did indicate that if it was essential, the Frenchman could play – but he won’t risk him yet.

The three/five at the back seemed to work really well at Burnley and Rafa may have regretted not keeping it for West Ham, at Everton it worked a treat again.

A shame that Schar is suspended but Ciaran Clark was unlucky to lose his place after scoring the winner at Burnley and playing in the three. So I can see a rare use of the three/five at the back at a home match, with Clark back in.

Rafa stated today that both Dummett and Kenedy are back training and so long as they get through Saturday’s training without any setbacks, they will be available.

I think Kenedy will come back in after missing Everton with a minor toe injury but Dummett to have to settle for a place on the bench. Yedlin the obvious one of course to play right wing-back.

You wonder once again whether Jonjo Shelvey will get back in, he came on as a sub last Saturday but it was a hopeless case, as the game was already gone.

Difficult once again to see Rafa breaking up the Diame/Ki partnership which has been a big factor in the recent run of form.

Matt Ritchie is set to come back in and give us energy and balance, Atsu and Murphy not really doing enough to suggest Rafa has a decision to make.

Up front, Salomon Rondon will start, but I see Yoshinori Muto coming back in to give the team some much-needed pace.

Muto was on the bench at Everton and a few more training sessions won’t have done any harm in bringing him close to full fitness.

A few more options and decisions for Rafa Benitez, as he attempts to utilise his small squad in the best way possible during this busy period.

This being my predicted Newcastle team v Wolves:

newcastle team v wolves

A team that will hopefully see Newcastle pull away from the relegation zone a little further and close on the clubs in the middle of the table.

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  • Paul Patterson

    Nah, back to 4,4,2, Manquillo at left back, drop Clark and swap Muto for Perez.

    • KennySamsung

      I like the Muto for Perez thing

  • Damon Horner

    Doubt Ritchie will play Centre Midfield…. 4-2-3-1 with Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez and Yedlin along the backline.

    • KennySamsung

      Probably a flat back four, your right.

  • robbersdog

    No point in trying to second guess Rafa; he usually gets it right, and that’s good enough for me.

  • Rabid Dog

    Not a chance Muto or Clark start.

  • KennySamsung

    Any side Rafa puts out is good enough for me. Put all 13 players out see how long it takes the ref to notice.

  • JohnnyH

    Anything that has Perez on the bench for me please

  • X2

    Just couldn’t care less. Still fuming at the boycott being called off. Ashley must be laughing his head off tonight. Looks like The Magpie Group needs to clear-out some appeasers from their ranks, starting with the True Faith boys.

  • Geordiegiants

    I wouldn’t say that was a bad side to put out. The thing is Clark is not the same player up in the premier league.

    • Realist

      He was an 8/10 in his performance against Burnley when he did get a chance. He can’t do much more than that.

      • Superdooperhooper

        Yeah you’re a tory troll got no answer to difficult questions

        • Realist

          I’ve never voted for a political party in my life. Only thing I’ve ever voted on was brexit. I’ve said 3 times now to various posters I have no interest in politics as I believe it a pantomime society think is real. I voted for brexit only because I didn’t want my country to lose it’s sovereignty, on the whole I have no interest in politics. I’ve seen you mention the Tory comment to other posters also and imo your making yourself look silly. Your trying to imply I’m thick for some reason, I’m 29 I earn 45k a year on average last year 47. I’ve got my own home I own, had nice cars holidays etc always had a season ticket since 10 year old. I done ok for being a thick Tory even though I’ve never been connected voted for a political party in my life. I understand you don’t like my stance on some of my posts and you make assumptions, silly. Enjoy walker.

          • Superdooperhooper

            You gave wezza a load of abuse for saying we’ll put out a scratch team in the cup because the priority is staying in the league. Where have you been the last decade? I didn’t call you thick. You’re a conservative in nature even if you don’t vote for them. Boasting about how much you earn? Classy. Where do you live that’s so fabulous anyway?

          • Realist

            So you honestly believe rafa Benitez our world class manager will put out a team against Blackburn to lose so we can concentrate on a relegation as wezza put it

          • Superdooperhooper

            If he starts with joselu atsu hayden manky and seven other reserves and kids then yes

          • Realist

            Rafa Benitez will not put out an under strenght side in any part of the fa cup.

  • Kenny

    anyone had trouble loading the pages, mine won`t load until i switch on VPN

    • Wor Lass

      Never have a problem with the Mag. The Chronic can be terrible, though, with all the videos and adverts. Just as well I don`t bother with it much!

      • Peaky

        Champs-Elysees on news now….yellow vests quickly rising…!

        • Kenny

          The Frogs are out in force.

          • Toontaff

            They’re revolting!

          • Peaky

            They take no shyte….could have done with a few in The Magpie Group….!!

          • Kenny

            it`ll happen here if the idiots kok up Brexit

        • Wor Lass

          I don`t think there`ll be as many there this weekend but it could well be quite vicious – the hardliners of both extremes seem to be taking things over.

      • Kenny

        Never had a problem until last night, even tried my iphone
        wouldn`t load either, but as soon as i switched on my VPN everything works
        i`ll reset the router see how it goes

    • Peaky

      As I mentioned the other day I’ve had a couple of days this week with Disqus behaving weird….seems to have settled down again.