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Four Changes – This Could Be Newcastle’s Team For Norwich

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It's always difficult to pick the side Rafa Benitez picks for each game since he rotates the squad and sometimes surprises us with his team selection. After the performance on Saturday at Villa Park which for almost 70 minutes was very good, we're not sure he will make too many changes for tonight's game against [.

This Is The Result Newcastle Fans Expect Tonight

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Newcastle fans may be a little concerned at the moment with us only getting one point from the last six in the league but there's still around three fans in five who think we can win the game against league leaders Norwich City tonight. Rafa Benitez Newcastle manager Newcastle alsoneed to improve their home [.

Sels, Clark, Diame And Gayle Start At Villa Park

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Rafa Benitez has just named the Newcastle United team for today's tough game at Villa Park and he recalls captain Jamaal Lascelles to the team and Paul Dummett returns at left-back. Newcastle: Sels, Yedlin, Lascelles Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie Diame Gouffran; Gayle Subs: Darlow, Lazaar, Hanley, Tiote, Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic So Clark keeps his [.

All Change – Darlow, Yedlin, Hanley, Clark, Lazaar And Murphy All Start

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Rafa Benitez has just named his team for the 3rd round of the FL Cup tonight against Wolves after the same teams surprisingly beat us 2-0 on Saturday to end our six game winning streak in all competitions and he gives starting berths to Yedlin, Lazaar and Murphy with the last two making their [...]

Rafa On Why It’s Difficult To Always Play Like We Did At QPR

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Today's game at home to Wolves will not be as easy as it may look on paper. We are coming off one of our biggest road wins in our history a 6-0 rout of QPR and Wolves are coming off a 4-0 home defeat to Barnsley. So the conventional wisdom is that we should [...]

Shearer — Rafa’s Got Newcastle Playing Some Great Stuff

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It's been a little while since we heard Alan Shearer talk about Newcastle United and and our resurgence in form and results over the last six games. That's after we surprisingly went down to defeats in our first two games against Fulham and Huddersfield. But those defeats emphasized what Rafa had been saying all along [.

Can Newcastle Make It 7 Successive Wins Against Wolves?

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Newcastle have won the last five league games and the last six games in all competitions. We have a great chance to make that 7 wins in a row against Wolves at home on Saturday.

Mitrovic, Perez And Clark Start At Loftus Road

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Rafa Benitez had just named his team for the important game at Loftus Road tonight and there are only three changes form the side that beat Derby 2- on Saturday.. Newcastle: Sels: Anita Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett: Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchue Perez Gouffran; Mitrovicf Subs: Darlow, Yedlin, Hanley, Colback, Diame, Atsu, Gayle Jonjo Shelvey starts his [.

Shelvey, Gouffran And Gayle Start At Derby

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just announced the team for the tough away game at Derby County this afternoon and there's a surprise with Jonjo Shelvey starting for Newcatsle in midfield. Newcastle: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran, Diame, Gayle Subs: Darlow, Yedlin, Lazaar, Clark, Hayden, Perez, Mitrovic So there goes [.

What’s Newcastle’s Best Team For Derby?

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Rafa Benitez now has options galore for his Newcastle team and he is likely to make three or four changes for every game so that he uses the squad efficiently. That keeps players fresh and doesn't overplay them so they easily pick up injuries which has happened so muchin the past when we had [...

Can Newcastle Make It 5 Wins In A Row At Derby?

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Newcastle have a couple of very tough games coming up in the Championship, when we are away at Derby County and QPR on Saturday and Tuesday night respectively. Both are good teams who will be challenging for promotion this season and Derby have former Newcastle coach and Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson in charge this [.

Sels, Dummett And Gouffran Start Against Brighton – Yedlin On Bench

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Rafa Benitez has just named his team for the tough game against Brighton this afternoon. Newcastle(4-2-3-1): Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Gouffran, Diame; Perez Subs: Darlow, Yedlin, Gamez, Clark, Hanley, Colback, Armstrong That's the team we expected, but we had Karl Darlow in goal but Matz Sels keeps his place from last [.

It’s A Massive Club With Massive Fans – It Will Not Be Easy

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28 year-old Brighton midfielder Beram Kayal seems to be looking forward to the game tonight at Newcastle and he certainly thinks it's going to be a massive game for Brighton. The 30 times capped Israeli International joined the south coast club 18 months ago from Celtic, after playing at the Scottish giants for five years.

Darlow, Sterry, Aarons, Hanley, Gamez and Mitrovic All Start

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Rafa Benitez had just announced his team for the second round EFL tie tonight at St. James' Park against League Two club Cheltenham Town and Karl Darlow and Jesus Gamez get their first run-outs for Newcastle this season. Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Jamie Sterry, Jamaal Lascelles, Grant Hanley, Jesus Gamez; Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback; Rolando [.

Poll – How Will Newcastle Fare Against Cheltenham Town?

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Newcastle play Cheltenham Town this afternoon at St. James' Park in the second round of the EFL Cup and we really must be professional and win this game. Sometimes these kinds of games can be tricky,so we don't want the lads to be complacent. Comments welcome.

Lascelles, Diame, Colback, Clark And Gouffran Start

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the second away game of the season at Bristol City today and captain Jamaal Lascelles returns to the starting line-up and partners Chancel Mbemba at center-back. Newcastle: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Colback, Gouffran, Diame, Gayle Subs: Darlow Dummett, Sterry, Hanley, Shelvey, Aarons, Perez Ciaran [.

Rafa Analyzes Today’s Opponents – Bristol City

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In their first two games of the season Bristol City beat Wigan 2-1 at home and then beat Burton Albion 2-1 away before narrowly losing 1-0 last Tuesday night at Norwich City. They are 8th in the Championship table with 6 points and Newcastle would overtake them with a win this afternoon. As for any [.

Clark And Mmemba In Central Defense – Gouffran Starts

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for our third league game of the season tonight at home to Reading. Ciaran Clark comes into central defense and he partners Chancel Mbemba. with Grant Hanley and captain Jamaal Lascelles on the bench tonight. There are three changes from the team that started on Saturday against [.

Benitez Responds To Booing And Bad Start

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Rafa didn't look a very happy man at the end of the game at home to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon and that was the first time he had lost a game at St. James' Park sincehe joined Newcastle back in March. It didn't come at a good time for Newcastle either, after we had been [...]

Diame Makes His Debut – Shelvey, Mbemba, Aarons Start

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Rafa Benitez has just named the Newcastle starting eleven for the important game against Huddersfield Town this afternoon and he gives a debut to Mohamed Diame and also Chancel Mbemba returns to the side to partner captain Jamaal Lascelles at center-back. But Matt Ritchie is on the bench and that's probably rotation from Rafa [.

Newcastle Defender – It’s Up To Us Now

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There's a very good interview with Daryl Janmaat who seems to have accepted he is going nowhere this summer and wants to stick in and help Newcastle do really well this season in the Championship and get immediately promoted. We must say we have been impressed with Daryl'sattitude in his last few interviews and this [.

Is This Newcastle’s Best Team For Fulham?

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It could be that Rafa Benitez picks a conservative team to play our first match for over six years in the Championship tomorrow night at Fulham. It's too soon for new signings Ciaran Clark and Mo Diame to participate and we don't even expect them tobe on the bench although they will travel with the [.

Hanley, Dummett And Colback Start Against Vitesse

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Rafa Benitez has just announced the team for the last friendly of pre-season at St. James' Park this afternoon against SBV Vitesse from Arnhem, Holland and Mbemba is not in the squad. Chancel has picked up a slight ankle injury in training and is not playing today but should be ready for Fulham next Friday.

Is This Newcastle’s Best Team For Vitesse?

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The team that Rafa starts today against Vitesse will give us a decent indication of what team he will start on Friday night in the first league game of the Championship season. Rafa Benitez Here's our team in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Sels Janmaat Lascelles (c) Mbemba Gamez Shelvey Hayden Richie Perez Aarons Gayle In goal [.

Liverpool

Klopp Asks For Anger

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This week in his press conference Jurgen Klopp asked for a greedy and angry performance from his Liverpool side because Hull apparently want our points. While I immediately envisaged Roberto Firmino storming at the Hull defence turning green and shouting "You won't like me when I'm angry", in all seriousness, it is a very good point.

Liverpool v Hull 09.24.16

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-1 Hull (a) 04.28.15
0-0 (h) 10.25.14
2-0 Liverpool (h) 01.01.14
1-3 Hull (a) 12.01.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-0 Derby (a); 2-1 Chelsea (a); 4-1 Leicester (h)
Hull: 2-1 Stoke (a); 1-4 Arsenal (h); 1-1 Burnley (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Mané 2; Henderson, Lovren, Milner 1
Hull: Snodgrass 3; Diomande, Hernandez, Maloney 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Guess at a line-up:
Karius
Clyne Matip Lovren Milner
Lallana Henderson Wijnaldum
Mané Firmino Coutinho

At Arsenal on opening day?

Liverpool at Derby 09.20.16

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2:45pm ET, not live on TV in the US. Maybe LFCTV GO if you're a subscriber, otherwise streams. I'm not even seeing any delayed showings on US TV.

Last four head-to-head:
2-1 Liverpool (a) 12.26.07
6-0 Liverpool (h) 09.01.07
2-0 Liverpool (h) 04.20.02
1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.

Liverpool: Conte's Toughest Test Yet?

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Antonio Conte isn't the type of manager to shy away from a fight and looking back at Chelsea's run of fixtures it looks as though Liverpool are going to be the first real test for the Italian. Up to yet Chelsea have faced West Ham, Watford, Bristol Rovers, Burnley and Swansea.

Conte has steered his side to four wins in the process and one draw in their most recent game against Swansea which ended 2-2.

Liverpool at Chelsea 09.16.16

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3:00pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-1 (h) 05.11.16
3-1 Liverpool (a) 10.31.15
1-1 (a) 05.10.15
0-1 Chelsea (a; League Cup) 01.27.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 4-1 Leicester (h); 1-1 Tottenham (a); 5-0 Burton Albion (a)
Chelsea: 2-2 Swansea (a); 3-0 Burnley (h); 3-2 Bristol Rovers (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Mané 2; Milner 1
Chelsea: Costa 4; Hazard 2; Batshuayi, Moses, Willian 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Matip Lovren Milner
Lallana Henderson Wijnaldum
Mané Firmino Coutinho

Liverpool's relaxing start to the season continues apace.

How Exactly Do You "Do A Leicester"?

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So just how exactly do you "Do a Leicester". The phrase is destined to remain within footballing folklore for years to come but what were the factors? Why did Leicester, the 5000/1 shot storm the league in 2015/2016?


Jamie Vardy, having a party? It's the classic Roy of the Rovers fairytale that every young person playing football dreams of.

Liverpool v Leicester 09.10.16

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12:30pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-2 Leicester (a) 02.02.16
1-0 Liverpool (h) 12.26.15
2-2 (h) 01.01.15
3-1 Liverpool (a) 12.02.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 Tottenham (a); 5-0 Burton Albion (a); 0-2 Burnley (a)
Leicester: 2-1 Swansea (h); 0-0 Arsenal (h); 1-2 Hull (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Coutinho 2; Lallana, Mané, Milner 1
Leicester: Mahrez, Morgan, Vardy 1

Referee: Craig Pawson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Matip Lovren Milner
Lallana Henderson Wijnaldum
Mané Firmino Coutinho

The international break could've been worse.

Liverpool at Tottenham 08.27.16

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7:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-1 (h) 04.02.16
0-0 (a) 10.17.15
3-2 Liverpool (h) 02.10.15
3-0 Liverpool (a) 08.31.14

Last matches:
Liverpool: 5-0 Burton Albion (a); 0-2 Burnley (a); 4-3 Arsenal (a)
Tottenham: 1-0 Palace (h); 1-1 Everton (a)

Referee: Bobby Madley

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Matip Lovren Milner
Lallana Henderson Wijnaldum
Mané Sturridge Firmino

Let's assume the three players struggling with minor injuries – Coutinho, Can, and Origi – won't start.

The Brewers

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Liverpool travel to Burton-upon-Trent on Tuesday evening for their first League Cup match of the season. Burton Albion or The Brewers as they are known are a bit of a rags to riches fairytale, the club won the Conference in the 2008/2009 season and have reached the Championship in just six years.

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Trip To Turf Moor

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Liverpool will not be facing Burnley at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as the original fixture list dictated, instead the Reds are off to Turf Moor after a deal was agreed to switch the home and away ties due to the stadium redevelopment.

Images via liverpoolecho.

Liverpool at Burnley 08.20.16

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (h) 03.04.15
1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.26.14
4-0 Liverpool (a) 04.25.10
4-0 Liverpool (h) 10.12.09

Last match:
Liverpool: 4-3 Arsenal (a)
Burnley: 0-1 Swansea (h)

Referee: Lee Mason

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Klavan Milner
Can Wijnaldum
Lallana Firmino Coutinho
Sturridge

With Sadio Mané almost certainly out due to a slight shoulder injury, Liverpool have two options: either the same formation as at Arsenal, with Can coming into midfield and Lallana shifting into attack, or a switch to 4-2-3-1 with either Sturridge or Origi up front, Lallana-Firmino-Coutinho in the line of three, and two from Wijnaldum, Henderson, and Can in midfield.

Liverpool at Arsenal 08.14.16

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11am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-3 (h) 01.13.16
0-0 (a) 08.24.15
1-4 Arsenal (a) 04.04.15
2-2 (h) 12.21.14

Last three preseason matches:
Liverpool: 0-4 Mainz (a); 4-0 Barcelona (n); 1-2 Roma (n)
Arsenal: 3-2 City (n); 8-0 Viking FK (a); 3-1 Chivas (n)

Referee: Michael Oliver

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Klavan Moreno
Henderson Can Wijnaldum
Mané Firmino Coutinho

We're here.

Liverpool Versus Wenger

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Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for 20 years... That's a bloody long time in football and during that time it's fair to say we've had several scrapes with the Gunners so in the run up to our opening league fixture on Sunday I thought it would be good to take a look back through the Wenger years.

In the time that Arsene has been in London, Liverpool have had a total of seven managers; Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and of course Jurgen Klopp.

Coaching

Mbemba, Diame And Gayle Return For Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez has just announced the team to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon at St. James' Park and Rafa has made only threechanges. Newcastle: Sels; Anita Mbemba Lascelles (c) Dummett; Shelvey Hayden; Ritchie Diame Perez; Gayle Subs: Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Colback, Atsu, Gouffran, Mitrovic So only three changes from Rafa today and three strong [.

Rafa – It’s Been Bad News For Us – But We’ll Be Fine

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Rafa Benitez has held his press conference for the game at home to Reading tomorrow night and we really hope we can a win to break the run of two successive defeats as we start life in the Championship. Rafa Benitez at pressconference These are some of the initial comments coming through from the [.

The Rest

Photo: Manchester United confirm defender transfer

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Manchester United have confirmed their defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has left Old Trafford temporarily and completed a loan switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the 2016-17 season.

The 19-year-old came up through the ranks of the Red Devils' youth system and was one of the star players for United's Under-21 side in the last season.