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Rafa Rings In The Changes For Cardiff City Game Tonight

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitezhas just named his side for the second last game of the Championship season at Cardiff City tonight, after the lads magnificently gained an automatic promotion spot on Monday night by easily defeating Preston North End on a memorable night at St. James' Park. That's only the secondtime any club has been [.

Elliot, Clark, Mitrovic, Anita, Atsu And Perez Start Against Lilywhites

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Rafa Benitez has just announced the starting eleven. who hopefully will be the players who start the game tonight against Preston North End this evening and take us right back to the Premier league at the very first attempt. We really hope that's the case but with Newcastle this season nothing is ever certain [.

Rafa Benitez – This Would Never Happen In Spain

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Rafa Benitez during yesterday's press conference admitted he was a little surprised that a refereebornin Huddersfield, Andrew Madley, gets toreferee the crucial match on Monday night between Newcastle and Preston. Huddersfieldand Reading are two teams who can still overtake Newcastle if we keep dropping points like we have done in the last three games [.

Murphy, Yedlin, Hanley And Atsu All Start At Ipswich

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Rafa Benitez has just named his team for the game at Portman Road today against Ipswich Town where we really need to get back to our winning ways having only won two game games out of the last seven played and a measly 9 points which could possibly cost us the Championship title. And Rafa [...]

Defense Unchanged – Hayden, Gouffran, Perez, Mitrovic Start

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the game at St. James Park tonight against a very good Leeds United side who are pushing hard for a play-off place this season and managed by the talented Garry Monk. And Rafa's brought back Aleksandar Mitrovic up front and he edges out Daryl Murphy. Isaac Hayden [.

Perez, Gouffran And Mbemba Start At Hillsborough

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the game at Hillsborough this afternoon against Sheffield Wednesday. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon (kick-off 5:30pm BST). #NUFC pic.twitter.com/2UguHipLV4 Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 8, 2017 This is what Rafa has said about today's opponents during the [.

The Newcastle Team Against Burton

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I will be out for the rest of today since I am having surgery, but let's hope the lads can give us another win tonight that would beperfect! This article will have to suffice as the "teams" article I usually putout once the teams are announced about an hour before each game. We need [...]

Opposition View – Newcastle United Are A Massive Club

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With their famous win at Huddersfield on Saturday Burton Albion have move up to 19th (6th bottom) place in the league table and 4 points above safety and very a good chance of staying in the Championship for next season, which would be great for the club and their fans. Albion have a very good [...]

Diame, Gayle And Colback Start Against Wigan

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Rafa Benitez has just named his starting eleven for the game at St. James' Park this afternoon against Wigan Athletic a game we will be expected to win. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against Wigan Athletic this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFC pic.twitter.com/VZtmY1WYh5 — Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 1, [.

Diame, Perez And Murphy Start – Shelvey Sick – On Bench

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Rafa Benitez has just named his starting eleven for the game at St. Andrew's this afternoon against Birmingham City and there's a surprise with Jonjo Shelvey sick and he starts on the bench. Mo Diame will play in central midfield with Jack Colback and let's hope we don't miss the creativity of Shelvey in this [.

Anita, Atsu, Diame And Gayle Start Against Fulham

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just named his side for the tough game against Fulham this afternoon at St. James' Park. Fulham beat us 1-0 away in the first game this season and this is Rafa's one year anniversary at Newcastle so it would be extra special if we can win this game. Newcastle team: [.

Gamez, Perez And Murphy All Start

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the important tonight at the Madejski Stadium against Reading. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @ReadingFC tonight (kick-off 8pm GMT). #NUFC pic.twitter.com/bStsVz2v21 Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 7, 2017 This is what Rafa said yesterday about the Reading game and about the [.

Prediction – Rafa’ Team For Reading – Two Changes

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We don't think that Rafa Benitez will want to change his team too much after two tremendous wins in the last two games. Maybe he will rotate a coupe of players and we have Yedlin coming back in for Vurnon Anita at right back and Yoan Gouffran coming in for Christian Atsu on the wing. [...]

Vurnon Anita And Daryl Murphy Start Against Terriers

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the crucial game at Huddersfield Town this afternoon and Rafa has made twochanges Vurnon Anita and Daryl Murphy both start and Yoan Gouffran and DeAndre Yedline drop to the bench. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @htafcdotcom this afternoon (kick-off 5:30pm GMT).

Is This Rafa’s Team To Beat Huddersfield – One Change

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Rafa said early this afternoon he had been pleased with Dwight Gayle in training over the last three days and that he has looked good and seems to have his confidence back and he's in the squad for the game at Huddersfield tomorrow. It's not clear if Rafa will start Dwight tomorrow but we think [...]

Defense Unchanged – Gouffran Up Front – Mitro Dropped – Atsu Starts

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Rafa Benitez has named his team for the vitally important game between the top two teams in the Championship tonight with Newcastle United at Brighton & Hove Albion. The defense is unchanged but Rafa has Gouffran up front in place of Mitrovic and Ritchie and Atsu are on the wings. TEAM NEWS: This is how [.

Poll – Can Newcastle Get A Result At Brighton?

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It's a really important game at Brighton tomorrow night and we cannot say Newcastle are in good form, having drawn two of their last three games and conceding a poor four goals in the process. But if we can get a result at Brighton a win or a draw things will look better, [...]

Perez, Ritchie And Atsu Start Against The Robins

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the game against Bristol City this afternoon at St. James' Park and Perez and Atsu come into the side as we had expected. But Atsu comes in for Gouffran and not for Matt Ritchie who starts the game even though he is on 9 yellow cards.. TEAM [...]

Prediction – Rafa’s Team For Bristol City – Two Changes

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The goal is to get as many points as possible from the next four games although we suppose the goal for the rest of the season is exactly the same to get as many points as possible from the remaining 14 games 42 points would be good.

Mitrovic, Colback and Perez All Start – Gayle On Bench

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Rafa Benitez has announced his starting eleven for the match at NorwichCity in the Championship tonight and it's almost an unchanged side but Ayoze Perez comes in for Mo Diane in the number 10 position. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @NorwichCityFC tonight (kick-off 7:45pm GMT).

Rafa’s Team For Norwich City – Two Changes

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We'll make another attempt to guess Rafa's team for the game tomorrow night at Carrow Road against Norwich City. Dwight Gayle is finally fit again and he's in our team replacing Aleksandar Mitrovic up front. However, Mitro scored on Saturday and Rafa may keep him in the starting line-up and bring on Gayle in the [.

Lascelles And Colback Return For Wolves

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his starting eleven for the match at Wolves in the late kickoff game in the Championship this afternoon. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @OfficialWolves this afternoon (kick-off 5:30pm, GMT). #NUFC pic.twitter.com/4wccyLgaop Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 11, 2017 This is some of what Rafa [.

Liverpool

Liverpool v Crystal Palace 04.23.17

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11:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
4-2 Liverpool (a) 10.29.16
2-1 Liverpool (a) 03.06.16
2-1 Palace (h) 11.08.15
3-1 Palace (h) 05.16.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-0 West Brom (a); 2-1 Stoke (a); 2-2 Bournemouth (a)
Palace: 2-2 Leicester (h); 3-0 Arsenal (h); 1-3 Southampton (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Mané 13; Firmino 11; Coutinho 9; Lallana, Milner 7; Origi 6; Wijnaldum 5; Can 4; Lovren, Sturridge 2; Henderson, Matip 1
Palace: Benteke 12; Zaha 6; McArthur 5; Cabaye 4; Dann, Tomkins, Townsend 3; Wickham 2; Campbell, Ledley, Milivojevic, van Aanholt 1

Referee: Andre Marriner (LFC History) (WhoScored)

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Gomez Lovren Milner
Wijnaldum Lucas Can
Firmino Origi Coutinho

This is the song that doesn't end.

MATCH PREVIEW: West Brom V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to the West Midlands on Easter Sunday as they prepare to face Tony Pulis' West Brom. The Baggies come in to this game on the back of two defeats compared to Liverpool's six match unbeaten run. Pulis' side however are certainly one to contend with and the Reds may struggle with West Brom's style.

Liverpool at West Brom 04.16.17

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28 years. Justice For The 96.


8:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
2-1 Liverpool (h) 10.22.16
1-1 (a) 05.15.16
2-2 (h) 12.13.15
0-0 (a) 04.25.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Stoke (a); 2-2 Bournemouth (a); 3-1 Everton (h)
West Brom: 0-1 Southampton (h); 0-2 Watford (a); 0-0 United (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Mané 13; Firmino 10; Coutinho 9; Lallana, Milner 7; Origi 6; Wijnaldum 5; Can 4; Lovren, Sturridge 2; Henderson, Matip 1
West Brom: Rondon 7; McAuley 6; Chadli, Morrison 5; Phillips 4; Brunt, Dawson 3; Fletcher, Robson-Kanu 2; Evans, McClean 1

Referee: Jon Moss

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

Dejan Lovren hinted at Liverpool keeping the three-at-the-back system earlier this week, discussing the need to cope with West Brom's directness and questionably playing up how well he, Matip, and Klavan mesh.

Liverpool at Stoke 04.08.17

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
4-1 Liverpool (h) 12.27.16
4-1 Liverpool (h) 04.10.16
0-1 Stoke (h, League Cup) 01.26.16
1-0 Liverpool (a, League Cup) 01.05.16

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-2 Bournemouth (a); 3-1 Everton (h); 1-1 City (a)
Stoke: 0-1 Burnley (a), 0-2 Leicester (a); 1-2 Chelsea (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Mané 13; Firmino 9; Coutinho 8; Lallana, Milner 7; Origi 6; Wijnaldum 5; Can 4; Lovren, Sturridge 2; Henderson, Matip 1
Stoke: Allen 6; Arnautovic 5; Crouch 4; Bojan, Shaqiri, Walters 3; Bony 2; Adam, Martins Indi, Muniesa, Shawcross 1

Referee: Mike Dean

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Matip Lovren Milner
Wijnaldum Lucas Can
Firmino
Sturridge Origi

Sadio Mané needs knee surgery.

Cherry On The Cake?

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Liverpool welcome Bournemouth to Anfield on Wednesday evening but could this be the cherry on top of the cake after a very good week for the Reds?
The big sides around Jurgen Klopp's all dropped points at the weekend aside from Tottenham and last night Manchester United could only muster a draw in the dying moments against Everton.

Liverpool v Bournemouth 04.05.17

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
3-4 Bournemouth (a) 12.04.16
2-1 Liverpool (a) 04.17.16
1-0 Liverpool (h; League Cup) 10.28.15
1-0 Liverpool (h) 08.17.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-1 Everton (h); 1-1 City (a); 2-1 Burnley (a)
Bournemouth: 0-0 Southampton (a); 2-0 Swansea (h); 3-2 West Ham (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Mané 13; Firmino 9; Coutinho, Lallana, Milner 7; Origi, Wijnaldum 5; Can 4; Lovren, Sturridge 2; Henderson, Matip 1
Bournemouth: King 11; Wilson 6; Afobe, Stanislas 4; Ake, Daniels, Fraser 3; S Cook, Gosling 2; Arter, Pugh, A Smith 1

Referee: Lee Mason

Lee Mason's two Liverpool games this season: 0-2 Burnley, 0-2 Hull.

Liverpool v Everton 04.01.17

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

Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.19.16
4-0 Liverpool (h) 04.20.16
1-1 (a) 10.04.15
0-0 (a) 02.07.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 City (a); 2-1 Burnley (a); 3-1 Arsenal (h)
Everton: 4-0 Hull (h); 3-0 West Brom (h); 2-3 Tottenham (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Mané 12; Firmino 9; Lallana, Milner 7; Coutinho 6; Wijnaldum 5; Can, Origi 4; Lovren, Sturridge 2; Henderson, Matip 1
Everton: Lukaku 21; Barkley, Coleman, Mirallas 4; Valencia 3; Baines, Barry 2; Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Gueye, Lookman, McCarthy, Schneiderlin, Williams 1

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Matip Klavan Milner
Wijnaldum Can Coutinho
Mané Firmino Origi

In case you hadn't noticed, the Merseyside Derby is taking place on April Fool's Day.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Everton

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The Reds welcome their blue neighbours to Anfield on Saturday and if recent match stats are anything to go by it should be a game filled with chances for the Reds.


Liverpool are currently in 4th, four points ahead of Manchester United and six points clear of Arsenal but both of these sides have two games in hand.

Liverpool at Manchester City 03.19.17

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

Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (h) 12.31.16
3-0 Liverpool (h) 03.02.06
1-1 City aet (n; League Cup) 02.28.06
4-1 Liverpool (a) 11.21.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Burnley (a); 3-1 Arsenal (h); 1-3 Leicester (a)
City: 1-3 Monaco (a); 2-0 Boro (a); 0-0 Stoke (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Mané 12; Firmino 9; Lallana 7; Coutinho, Milner 6; Wijnaldum 5; Can, Origi 4; Lovren, Sturridge 2; Henderson, Matip 1
City: Agüero 12; Sterling 6; de Bruyne, Iheanacho, Nolito, Toure 4; Gündogan, Jesus, Sane 3; Silva 2; Clichy, Fernandinho, Kolarov, Zabaleta 1

Referee: Michael Oliver

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

So, these are the games that Liverpool get up for?

Liverpool v Burnley 03.12.17

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12pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-2 Burnley (a) 08.20.16
2-0 Liverpool (h) 03.04.15
1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.26.14
4-0 Liverpool (a) 04.25.10

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-1 Arsenal (h); 1-3 Leicester (a); 2-0 Tottenham (h)
Burnley: 2-3 Swansea (a); 1-1 Hull (a); 0-1 Lincoln (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Mané 12; Firmino 9; Lallana 7; Coutinho, Milner 6; Origi, Wijnaldum 4; Can 3; Lovren, Sturridge 2; Henderson, Matip 1
Burnley: Gray 8; Vokes 5; Hendrick, Keane 2; Barnes 4; Arfield, Barton, Boyd, Brady, Gudmundsson, Marney, Mee, Ward 1

Referee: Craig Pawson

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

I still have night-sweat terror flashbacks to Liverpool's last match against Burnley.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Arsenal

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After a disastrous defeat at the hands of Leicester on Monday evening, Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday in the hope of finding a victory. The Reds have had some terrible performances against the so-called lesser teams this season but it's been a complete contrast when Klopp's side have faced teams in the top six.

Liverpool v Arsenal 03.04.17

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

Last four head-to-head:
4-3 Liverpool (a) 08.14.16
3-3 (h) 01.13.16
0-0 (a) 08.24.15
1-4 Arsenal (a) 04.04.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-3 Leicester (a); 2-0 Tottenham (h); 0-2 Hull (a)
Arsenal: 2-0 Sutton Utd (a); 1-5 Bayern (a); 2-0 Hull (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Mané 11; Firmino 8; Lallana 7; Coutinho, Milner 6; Origi 4; Can, Wijnaldum 3; Lovren, Sturridge 2; Henderson, Matip 1
Arsenal: Alexis 17; Giroud, Walcott 8; Özil 5; Iwobi 3; Cazorla, Koscielny, Oxlade-Chamberlain 2; Chambers, Mustafi, Perez, Xhaka 1

Referee: Bobby Madley

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

So, are we still reactionary BURN IT ALL DOWN after last Monday's disaster or optimistic because hey it's Liverpool against someone decent and Liverpool at home and everything just might be alright again, at least for a week.

MATCH PREVIEW: Leicester V Liverpool

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Finally, Liverpool are back playing football. It feels like it's been an absolute age since the last match, bloody boring! The Reds travel to Leicester on Monday evening to face the managerless foxes.
As soon as Claudio Ranieri came to Leicester I was immediately on his side. I have a huge soft spot for anything Italian and Ranieri almost instantly worked his charm, it was like he'd never left.

Liverpool at Leicester 02.27.17

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

Last four head-to-head:
4-1 Liverpool (h) 09.10.16
0-2 Leicester (a) 02.02.16
1-0 Liverpool (h) 12.26.15
2-2 (h) 01.01.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-0 Tottenham (h); 0-2 Hull (a); 1-1 Chelsea (h)
Leicester: 1-2 Sevilla (a); 0-1 Millwall (a); 0-2 Swansea (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Mané 11; Firmino 8; Lallana 7; Milner 6; Coutinho 5; Origi 4; Can, Wijnaldum 3; Lovren, Sturridge 2; Henderson, Matip 1
Leicester: Slimani, Vardy 5; Mahrez 3; Musa 2; Amartey, Fuchs, Gray, King, Morgan, Ulloa 1

Referee: Michael Oliver

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

That was a nice little midseason vacation.

Jim Curtin

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union v. New York City FC

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With five matches gone in the 2017 season and no wins, the Philadelphia Union host New York City FC and look to find a way to salvage their season and, perhaps, coach Jim Curtin's job.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

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Will the Timbers to fly across the country and give the Union three artisinal, small batch, organic points?

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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: What’s next for Arsenal?

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A lot of us – myself included – are still having mixed feelings about the recent match against...

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Manchester United vs Rostov: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Stats

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Manchester Unitedvs RostovPrediction, Preview & Key Stats ahead of this week's Europa League fixture.

Manchester United vs Rostov
Europa League2016/17
16thMarch, 20:05pm BST
Old Trafford, Manchester
Live Stream: Watch Manchester United vs FC Rostov live on BT Sport 2

After bowing out of the FA Cup earlier this week, Manchester United now turn their attention towards the Europa League.