The Newcastle team v Chelsea has just been confirmed.

Rafa Benitez looking for a morale boosting result against the odds.

With Kenedy, Shelvey, Muto, Ki, Diame, Darlow and Dummett unavailable, not a lot of wriggle room with his team selection, especially in the attacking half.

Three changes from the eleven that took on Manchester United 10 days ago.

The injured Diame and Dummett not included, whilst Fabian Schar is left out.

Whilst Sean Longstaff makes his first Premier League start and both Clark and Lejeune come into the Premier League line-up as well.

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu, Perez, Rondon

The subs:

Woodman, Manquillo, Sterry, Fernandez, Schar, Murphy, Joselu

Compare with the fans choice team here.



  • Kneebotherm8

    That team will scare Chelsea shtless…………thanks once again you fckn FCB…..

    • Kev Newcastle England

      Have I ever seen a worse bench than this??? 5 defenders inc keeper AND Joselu(not having a go at Murphy)…its shocking…going for 5 0,and I dont care,anymore.

  • Kenny

    I`m not disrespecting the players but it makes you want to cry seeing the current state of Newcastle.

    • JohnnyH

      Never known the squad to have so little depth
      We’ve got about fourteen players worth putting out total

      • Kenny

        It`s shameful.

        • Billmag

          Results not going too well either.

          • Kenny

            I watched the 1st half of Burnley, they went behind then Fulham scored 2 OG`s

          • Tweed Mag

            Huddersfield denied a penalty which might have been in our favour.

          • Kenny

            We could do with them getting a result

          • Billmag

            Backed Burnley and Leicester to draw and Huddersfield to win, can’t buy a winning coupon.

  • JohnnyH

    In at the deep end for Lejuene
    Fernandez?

    • Kenny

      He brings the best out of Lacelles. they are a good partnership.

      • JohnnyH

        Yeah agree I just hope he’s fit enough

        • Kenny

          We need him to get minutes on the pitch so he`s 100% when we play teams not up there with Chelsea etc

    • Billmag

      Fernandez been our best defender this season.

    • 5floorshigh

      would prefer Fernandez and Lejeune, with Lascelles on bench (I can see him getting sent off today)

      • Kenny

        Lascelles has the power & the defence is going to need it.
        He`s the strongest defender we have.

        • 5floorshigh

          just seems to be out of sorts at the moment, made a few lunging reckless challenges lately…lets hope he gets it back together today

  • Paul Patterson

    Gulp!

  • Tommy

    I think we are in a relegation spot.

  • JohnnyH

    Dreading this one
    Christmas whisky be getting the hammer I think

    • Kenny

      I’m on my 2nd one 🥃🥃

    • Tweed Mag

      Whoever thought of dry January could not have been a toon fan

  • NUFC9

    No future for Murphy if he can’t get a game with Shelvey, Diame, Ki, Kenedy, Muto all missing and Ritchie forced to cover left back.

  • 5floorshigh

    good to see Longstaff getting another chance to stake a claim

  • Toon

    Utter shower of [email protected] Almost feel sorry for the fans who have gone with their blind faith

  • Leazes.

    The 18th most valuable squad is now….18th

    Seems to be going to plan.

  • Cockneytrev

    The worst Newcastle squad since the early 90s,,, our bench is p1ss poor,,
    Ashley has sucked the heart out of this club,,

    • Kenny

      He`s at the game

      • Tweed Mag

        On the bench? No – can’t be – it’s not big enough

      • Paul Patterson

        He’s a Chelsea fan ..

        • Kenny

          I know.

      • Alex

        Within sniper range?

      • Cockneytrev

        I had a ticket, but I didn’t have the energy to go,, that’s my last match definitely for this season,,,

  • Tino o

    Ferdinand is a complete fuckingtwat

    • Tino o

      He has a face I couldn’t get bored of punching!!

  • Alex

    Even Rafa seems to have given up on Joselu in games like this. If Rondon ever picks up a knock, we’re done.

  • robbersdog

    A central midfield of Hayden and Longstaff doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

    • Kenny

      Championship players at best.

    • Paul Patterson

      That’s probably the worst central midfield we’ve ever had in the Premier league..

      • Billmag

        Correct.

  • Peaky

    Think we’ll go down with Huddersfield and Cardiff….looking bleak.

  • KennyS

    That’s dry January out the window, if I watch this I’m going to need alcohol, please firgive me for what I am about to do. Haway the Lads!!

    P.S could we fluke this?

  • Coach Clagnut

    Can’t see this ending well at all.

  • Paul Patterson

    Is anyone watching BT Sport. Ferdinand needs slapping. Seriously!!

    • Tweed Mag

      Business partner of the oaf.

      • Paul Patterson

        He’s an absolute disgrace.

    • Tino o

      He has an agenda against us his first sentence of the the program was mike Ashley has to take credit [email protected]!

    • Mrkgw

      Agreed – good on the presenter for sticking to his guns. But Ferdinand has just ahown his complete ignorance,

      • Tweed Mag

        He is on the payroll – has his own tat range at SD. All he is doing is making a fool of himself.

        • KennyS

          Forgot about that ya right like, it makes sense now.

          • Tweed Mag

            This where we need the Chronic to put things right, but they don’t.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Exactly right……there’s not a hope in hell of him criticising Ashley……..

      • Kneebotherm8

        It’s not ignorance…..its what you call being in Ashleys back pocket…

        • Mrkgw

          Exactly, ignorance.

    • Billmag

      Absolutely. Shearer needs to put him right but there again he’s on a canny earner with fatty.

    • Kenny

      Muted

  • Billmag

    Just listened to that gobshyte Ferdinand sticking up for fatty, it absolutely turned my [email protected]@@ng stomach what an uneducated plonker.

    • Kneebotherm8

      He works for 💩Direct …….he always sticks up for him…

  • 1957

    I was told last night the captain is being touted around clubs with a view to a straight swap for one of two players. He allegedly had a falling out with one of Benitez staff after the Wolves game over the decision to play Yedlin as a CB

    • mentalman

      It wouldn’t suprise me rafa seems to like players who toe the line and don’t ask questions

  • KennyS

    I’m still up for this, just before it starts obviously… then the match starts 😂

    • Coach Clagnut

      Always a downside ain’t there

    • Kneebotherm8

      Then the horror show begins…😂

  • Coach Clagnut

    and so it begins

  • Tweed Mag

    oh dear

  • GlasgowMag

    Shocking defending!!

  • nufcslf

    Turn it off now and find something better to do with the next hour 20 mins or sit and suffer.

  • Kenny

    A simple ball over the top, Jesus

  • Peaky

    Waterproofs on….floodgates about to open….
    Actually I’ve had enough…I’m away out with the dogs…

    • Kenny

      Snide, suffer like the rest of us.
      😂😂

    • nufcslf

      Good choice. Not worth watching and nothing going to be done to try and correct. No point.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Can’t understand why Fernandez isn’t in.

    • nufcslf

      There’s not a lot I can understand about anything Cashley United anymore.

    • mentalman

      Saving him for the next match

  • Tweed Mag

    “Perez rather lazy” – David Pleat R5L describing how he had lost the ball. Soul destroying stuff.

    • Kenny

      Always lazy, strolls around the pitch, he want`s shooting

    • Wezza

      Perez was shocking there… but its ok he was last seasons top scorer so he has a get out of jail free card.

  • Wezza

    FCB is there apparently and glad to hear FCB chants.
    1-0 down already, good goal though. What is the point? We aren’t set up to be a football team, just a money making machine.

  • Coach Clagnut

    High balls to Atsu. Just the job.

  • Superdooperhooper

    Chelsea’s subs bench looks better than our first team. Where are all the ashpologists now?

    • mentalman

      With kenedy

  • Hopey

    What a mess we are in

    • nufcslf

      Just as well the stupid fat c**t learned from the last two relegations and all of the get out of jail seasons. 12 years of total sh*t.

      • Hopey

        We are all mugs to get treated like this, he needs get out of our club major action is needed

  • Tweed Mag

    We’ve got a corner!!!!!
    “Perez got a touch and did not do anything with it” – R5l

    • mentalman

      Look what we do with it, probably our best chance to score is from a corner or free kick and we don’t even put it in to the box

  • Coach Clagnut

    Luiz might have a brainfart, if we’re lucky.

  • Coach Clagnut

    We’ve got em worried now lads

  • GlasgowMag

    I actually don’t know why Sky and BT let the fatboy get away with this! Despite them pumping bucket loads of money in his direction he spends none of it to bring value to live games which obviously affects the quality they can present to their tv audience!!

    • mentalman

      Neutrals just want to see good football and goals, they get both from our opposition

    • nufcslf

      All making loads of money at the end of the day and football is the least of their worries.

  • Mrkgw

    Think they have dubbed/muted out the away chants of ‘get out of our club…..’. Typical eh.

    • Wezza

      Typical!

  • GlasgowMag

    [email protected] Perez!!!!!!!!

  • nufcslf

    Perez at his finest. Useless c**t.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Is that shorthand for coconut?

    • Tweed Mag

      David Pleat sums him up “Lacks conviction”.

    • Mxpx

      Agreed we have useless players on either side of the pitch… Might be worth giving Jacob Murphy a go

  • Wezza

    Perez doesn’t even hit the target!

  • Kneebotherm8

    Good chance for Perez there……lacklustre finish like….

    • Kenny

      Because he`s f##king useless

      • Kneebotherm8

        Ah knaa that like…..😂…but divvent tell monk….

  • Coach Clagnut

    WOW…

  • GlasgowMag

    Yesssssss!!!!!!!

  • Coach Clagnut

    He made amends there though but

    • Kenny

      i missed it

      • Coach Clagnut

        crackin header

        • Kenny

          see it at half time

          • Coach Clagnut

            worth watching

      • mentalman

        Typical clark header

      • nufcslf

        I wonder if Peaky and his dogs know yet…..

        • Kneebotherm8

          😂

  • GlasgowMag

    To be fair we’ve actually deserved that!!

    • Mxpx

      Still didn’t see it coming though were useless at converting control over a game into scoring

  • nufcslf

    Actually deserved that goal on the last 15 mins or so. Well done.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Played our way back into this one….I’ll take a point now.

    • Tweed Mag

      Time to turn our half in to a bus depot

    • Mxpx

      I’d snap your hand off for a point

    • GlasgowMag

      Nae man lets go for all 3🤔🤔😱😱🤣🤣

      • Coach Clagnut

        why not…shyt or bust

        • GlasgowMag

          If all else fails there’s always the mighty Hoss!!🤣🤣

          • Coach Clagnut

            after he’s noshed the nosebag…come of refreshed

      • Kneebotherm8

        Why aye……why not…..

  • Kneebotherm8

    Get in …….Ciarin Clark……crackin’ header…

    • Tweed Mag

      He had three defenders around him – great goal

      • Kneebotherm8

        It certainly was..

  • mentalman

    Its amazing the difference a goal makes

  • Coach Clagnut

    So far we’ve probably had at least as many chances,if not more than Fatty’s favourite club. There’s always hope with Rafa at the helm.

    • mentalman

      Same shots

  • GlasgowMag

    Do you think Ferdinand is wearing a pair of Ashley’s white Slazenger socks!!!🤔🤔

    • Coach Clagnut

      Matches his I.Q.

    • Billmag

      Should have 💩 Direct bag pulled over his heed.

      • GlasgowMag

        Was on the HOF website when he took over. All the major brands came up Ted Baker, Channel, Gucci and then suddenly a pop up 10 pairs of Slazenger socks for the price of Seven!! 😱😱

        • Coach Clagnut

          How much are Harrod’s selling em for?

  • Billmag

    Well done Clarkie made up for your mistake good lad.

    • Kenny

      Fatso, i told you we would be ok Lee who needs money,
      Yes Mike

      • Billmag

        I will use one of your sayings, the fat greedy rat.

        • Kenny

          That`s the way he thinks

          • Billmag

            Aye you can almost here him saying, “what’s the problem”

    • mentalman

      Its a shame he only scores after he’s made a mistake

      • Billmag

        Enlighten me please or are you being sarcastic.

  • Shields Mag

    Get in Clarkie well done son.

  • nufcslf

    Proper forward, that’s 2-1. Atsu was always going to second best and likely no contact at all.

    • Kenny

      He can`t hit a barn door anyway

      • Coach Clagnut

        with binoculars on

  • Tweed Mag

    Lejeune is doing well – especially after the injury he had. Good man.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Poor goal again. Stand off them and admire the skill. Get stuck in!!!

    • mentalman

      Yedlin out of position again

    • DC1964

      I agree. The marking was awful!

  • DC1964

    Willian has got the freedom of the pitch at the moment!

  • Coach Clagnut

    Where’s this mythical pace of Yedlin’s?

  • Coach Clagnut

    What’s the odds for another equaliser?

  • Wezza

    Perez is embarrassing – Monk can’t defend him after his performance.
    Now Lascelles injured. We are doomed.

    • Coach Clagnut

      I thought he had a decent shout for a penalty but yeah, so far up his own fundament it’s really tedious now.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Perez shout looked very similar to the Salah one given against us…..

    • Coach Clagnut

      Chelsea would have got it.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Yup it’s a different rule for us and these teams….

  • mentalman

    I guess the subs are being rested for the next game

  • Tweed Mag

    Luke Edwards replies to Rio Ferdinand via Twitter –
    Still trying to ignore facts. Sold Wijnaldum for £25m, Sissoko for £30m and Townsend for £14m. It’s also irrelevant now as have lowest net spend in PL and ended last window more £20m in profit. It’s like a parent saying you can’t have new shoes because I spent £70 two years ago

    • Shields Mag

      Spot on.

  • GlasgowMag

    Are these commentators just thick or what there is no takeover the club is not for [email protected] sale!!!!!!!

    • Coach Clagnut

      There’s black holes less dense than that shower.

    • Kneebotherm8

      How many phantom sales before the penny drops for them…..

  • Coach Clagnut

    4 minutes left to break Fatty’s heart.

    • nufcslf

      Though this has been a better effort today, I think we are in the bottom 3 to stay this time with f**k all going to happen to help the cause.

  • Tweed Mag

    Not as bad as it could have been.

    • Leicester Mag

      Sadly our new motto

      • Tweed Mag

        Depressing stuff. If the oaf does nothing after this, he is just begging for relegation.

    • nufcslf

      Wait until we are in the same position in the Championship next season…..

  • GlasgowMag

    Is that the most stupid corner ever you couldn’t make it [email protected] up FFS!!?

    • 5floorshigh

      beat me to it, ridiculous…..we score from a proper corner but proceeded to take the rest of our corners short

      • nufcslf

        Hate short corner’s, always end like that or back at the halfway line. Awful how that was wasted in a must score situation. Atsu shouldn’t get a kick of the ball in the first place.

        • 5floorshigh

          think we had 5 corners, the 2 we took properly resulted in another corner then a goal, the other 3 we took short – short corners do my head in, but to take a short corner in the last 10 sec at 2-1 down borders on the culprit being sectioned

  • Coach Clagnut

    One last chance to salvage a point and we muck about with Atsu….jeezus

    • KennyS

      I have to agree with you on Atsu in this game, he was $h!t, no footballing brain.

  • Kenny

    Damage limitation, Job done i suppose.

  • Mrkgw

    Have seen worse displays but the maggot holding the purse strings is culpable for the sorry state of our club. Unacceptable, deplorable – ASHLEY OUT!

  • Billmag

    Could have kicked the dog I’m screening put the ball in the middle instead they take a [email protected]@@ing short one I give up.

    • GToon

      Kick it for me too. Only joking!

      • Billmag

        😀😀

        • GToon

          I was downstairs making the tea and my son came in and was cross saying we are losing 1-0. I looked at the clock and 30 mins had gone and I thought wow that’s pretty good to be only 1-0 down. In time he will see things my way unfortunately. ☹️

          • Billmag

            Aye the trials and tribulations of being a toon fan even the dog’s sick as a chip.

          • GToon

            My wife is ill with a cold so I made the tea. She was really grateful as she’s quite ill. She told me she was too poorly to wash up so I told her don’t worry it will wait. 😀

          • Billmag

            Our lass is wearing earphones cos she says I swear too much, 😂😂

          • GToon

            I used to get really angry, shouting and swearing with my wife trying to stop me reminding me that “glyn, you’re a teacher, what if somebody hears you”. These days I’m not a teacher and I don’t get that bothered as I expect us to lose every game. Shame really.

          • nufcslf

            I don’t even bother celebrating goals anymore never mind losing my voice. It is all very sad.

    • Coach Clagnut

      You couldn’t make that shyt up. Brains, dynamite, hat off.

  • Coach Clagnut

    If we drop any points against Cardiff then it’s lights out, Rafa gone and me done.

  • Billmag

    Have to say Longstaff had a decent game whereas Hayden was nowhere to be seen.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Kid did well.

      • GToon

        He will get sold then.

    • Mrkgw

      In fairness he (Longstaff) looked decent.

    • 5floorshigh

      yep thought he done ok and deserves another game, also good to see Lejeune back and had a decent first game back from a long lay off.

      • Billmag

        Agreed mate.

  • Tommy

    Shelvey and Diame need to be fit and fit soon, never looked like scoring in open play.

    • nufcslf

      Don’t like Diame, his passing is awful. Would keep Longstaff beside Shelvey. Longstaff has earned the chance on today’s performance.

      • Billmag

        He definitely grew into the game.

      • Tommy

        Not keen on Diame but he has strength and to many of our players are just brushed off the ball.

        • nufcslf

          Agree. He is strong, it’s his distrbution that drives me nuts. The do the hard bit and then make an rse of it.

          • Tommy

            He`s best when he gets the ball and gives it to Shelvey he did it last season but not this one.

          • nufcslf

            Still gives it to the other side more than Shelvey. Just watch when he is back. I will let him speak for himself.

    • Tino o

      It won’t make that much difference I thought longstaff done aswell if not better than either of them face it we are [email protected] and will be very fortunate not to go down!

  • GlasgowMag

    Not bothered not bothered getting a bit of grief there mate!! Well some of us are bothered Ferdinand so stop hitting everyone with your [email protected] lies written up by your employer!!!

    • Coach Clagnut

      Ferdinand is a moron. As thick as Fatty’s wide.

  • Ashley is a criminal

    I thought the lads played well considering the circumstances. One thing that is infuriating me however is that when you have scored from a corner in the game taken directly in to the box, why then in the last minute attempting to salvage a draw, do you take it short???? As with most corners seemingly this season. It makes no sense. Most short corners we take result in no ball in to the box. Someone please justify this logic!

    • Billmag

      What makes it worse was Atsu hadn’t a clue what to do when he got the ball.

      • Coach Clagnut

        He never does!

  • Kenny

    Told you Vera would be the best thing on telly this weekend
    😂😂😂

    • nufcslf

      And even she is a fake Geordie……

      • Kenny

        Aye, but she`s good at it

        • nufcslf

          She is that.

        • Coach Clagnut

          Finest actor of her generation. Almost as good as some who pull on the shirt and act as if they’re footballers.

          • Kenny

            Top class, never miss it

  • Kenny

    Nothing up front lads, midfield average and the defence always under pressure.
    Atsu needs a rest, i`d say the same about Perez but i`d be wasting my time.

    • nufcslf

      I wish you were the owner. The present one seems to think that this lot can still pull off 17th. Can’t believe how low this has been allowed to get with nothing really being done to stop fatty. Right, on with the rest of the weekend.

      • Kenny

        He doesn`t care about the club, never has

  • Tino o

    With the restrictions of the cuntwhoownsus we done ok

  • KennyS

    Well just don’t know what to say about the game other than I’m still calming down .. time for another drink.
    Can’t be bothered criticising anyone, the players probably could have defended better but that’s as good as it gets with these lot.
    Actually the whole game is corrupt, greedy players, no ambition, no real desire, paid too much. Owners are all in it for the money or prestige of owning a big club, it’s $h!t and we know it.