Championship 2016/17

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  1. Zoran

    Zoran Fighting like beavers.

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    Rafa's first XI for tonight's opener at the Cottage:

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  2. El Dorado

    El Dorado Well-Known Member

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    That's a pretty stout lineup, it seems to me. Ayoze Pérez and Dwight Gayle up top could be pretty lethal in the Championship. Hope they gel. Unchanged FB's from last year. Colback's energy. Vurnon Anita. All the best for Rafa's new campaign. Wonder if there is a stream for gringos.
     
  3. Arminius

    Arminius FSG PR plant Moderator

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    It is on BeIN Sports.
     
  4. Rattlesnake888

    Rattlesnake888 Well-Known Member

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    Mitrovic should be well able to score 20+ goals once he returns from suspension. Armstrong is another young player who has plenty of potential and was excellent at Coventry on loan last season.

    I can still see Rafa signing another attack midfielder as there doesn't look to be many goals in that area of his squad.
     
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  5. Kanonkop

    Kanonkop Well-Known Member

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    I suspect Rafa has the Championship won in record time and by a massive margin. I further expect him to have Newcastle in the top half of the Premiership in the 17/18 season.
     
  6. lfc.eddie

    lfc.eddie "¿Plata... O Plomo?" Valued Member

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    Apparently showing in youtube these days....
     
  7. Rattlesnake888

    Rattlesnake888 Well-Known Member

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    You sure pal?
     
  8. El Dorado

    El Dorado Well-Known Member

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    I tried several of those Youtube streams. All duds. Don't have BeIN Sports. Also, quickly hit a few Newcastle fan sites but could not find any recommended streams. Almost like visiting the Stone Age. It's a bummer.
     
  9. Strictly Armchair

    Strictly Armchair Perspective and equilibrium

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  10. treboeth

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  11. treboeth

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    Fulham 1 up
     
  12. mattyhurst

    mattyhurst TIA Regular

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    It won't be that easy, you've got a decent set up at Villa and the league is a dog fight.
     
  13. treboeth

    treboeth Well-Known Member

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    loss for Rafa :-(
     
  14. El Dorado

    El Dorado Well-Known Member

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    Entertaining match, though. 2nd half anyway. Speed and openness of play. Much better than some of those boring Euro 2016 defensive snorefests. Could have been 3 or 4 more goals. By the look of it, I'd say Jonjo is going to be an issue for his manager. Has the petulant look about him, doesn't seem to be enjoying his relegated life.
     
  15. Celtic Dragon

    Celtic Dragon TIA's Tusken Druid

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    Either that graphic is wrong, or Rafa really did only name 6 subs. Anyone know why he didn't name the full 7?
     
  16. Zoran

    Zoran Fighting like beavers.

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    Yeah it's a mistake, Shelvey was on the bench as well.
     
  17. Celtic Dragon

    Celtic Dragon TIA's Tusken Druid

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    OK, thanks mate.
     
  18. Arminius

    Arminius FSG PR plant Moderator

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    Blackburn are predicted to be in the Championship relegation mix, and are starting that way. Down 3-0 25 minutes in at home versus Norwich. Owen Coyle's career has really gone sideways in the past few years.
     
  19. mattyhurst

    mattyhurst TIA Regular

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    He should have stayed in America.

    I have a feeling Wednesday and Ipswich will be up there with Norwich, Villa and Newcastle. QPR too most probably.
     
  20. Celtic Dragon

    Celtic Dragon TIA's Tusken Druid

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    Just had the best laugh of my life. Ian Holloway comparing Ross McCormack to Messi and Ronaldo. Holloway really is nuts!
     
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  21. Arminius

    Arminius FSG PR plant Moderator

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    Might have to postpone the parade in Newcastle - home loss to Huddersfield is not good at all, they will be chasing the leaders now.
     
  22. lfc.eddie

    lfc.eddie "¿Plata... O Plomo?" Valued Member

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    Rafa to get the boot midway through the campaign.... can see it happen now.
     
  23. Arminius

    Arminius FSG PR plant Moderator

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    With their spending, the pressure will definitely build. Rafa needs to put a marker or two down, they play both Bristol and Brighton this month so have a chance to reel in some of the leaders.
     
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  24. RaoulDuke

    RaoulDuke Wind-Down Merchant

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    After one defeat?

    I also can see that happen.
    But only if he doesn't deliver.
     
  25. lfc.eddie

    lfc.eddie "¿Plata... O Plomo?" Valued Member

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    I think he needs to realise he is in a very different league structure with very different style of play needed to employ. If he persist on his way of tackling the big European tactical teams, he will soon see himself in the midtable fighting with the likes of QPR. Championship is not a league for idealist.
    One defeat? I said, midway through no? Besides did he messed up twice already?
     
  26. RaoulDuke

    RaoulDuke Wind-Down Merchant

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    Well, I wanted to say that after one defeat we shouldn't expect him to fail.
    Didn't realise that the championship already has played 2 games.
    You are right, that doesn't look too good at the moment.
    Newcastle is too small for him, anyway.
     
  27. lfc.eddie

    lfc.eddie "¿Plata... O Plomo?" Valued Member

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    It is one thing to get fired from Real Madrid, it is another to get booted off by Mike Ashley. He might not find another job again if he doesn't get his act together. I may have been very appreciative over what he had done for us, but by god he needs to change his ways. Championship boys don't play like those in the Premier League, or especially not any European side. He will have to find the balance between chaos football, and very measured way of dealing with his setup. He also needs an inspiration fella in the team to help him get the players all riled up for the game. I didn't see this one, but I saw the first game and they were pretty lifeless.
     
  28. Celtic Dragon

    Celtic Dragon TIA's Tusken Druid

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    The signings Newcastle have made haven't been great, but Rafa's using the scouting network already in place there. A lot of Newcastle fans think that Graham Carr should have been sacked ages ago. Rafa needs to get his head round this division. There's a long way to go, but 2 losses from 2 games is never a great start.
     
  29. Zoran

    Zoran Fighting like beavers.

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    This was just before the Fulham game:

     
  30. Hope in your heart

    Hope in your heart Loyalty and patience, two undervalued concepts... Admin

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    Oops, not good at all this... so much pressure heaping up there already... hopefully Rafa will get it around quickly. Steep learning curve there for him it seems...
     

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