Burton Albion vs Newcastle United – Pre Match and Predicted Team

Newcastle travel to Burton today in what, on paper, looks like a game that they should win.

However, there has been much talk, during the week, regarding the tactical threat that Burton Albion could pose to Rafa Benitez’s side.

Burton play with wing-backs, which, in theory, should allow them to make the pitch big and retain possession of the ball.

However, with Burton struggling in the league and Newcastle flying at the top, it could work in reverse for the home side.

While playing with wingbacks does allow a side to play wide and retain the ball, it also means, by virtue of making the pitch big, that they are less compact and that there could be more space to exploit.

Mo Diame has been arguably Newcastle’s best player in recent weeks and his influence could be needed again, to make use of the extra space if he is selected.

As always with Rafa, who named an unchanged side for the first time this season against Wigan during the week, there is no guarantees that anyone will start.

So here is what we feel that the team should be:

GK- Karl Darlow

RB- Vurnon Anita

CB- Jamaal Lascelles (c)

CB- Ciaran Clark

LB- Paul Dummett

CM- Jonjo Shelvey

CM- Isaac Hayden

RW- Christian Atsu

Ten- Mo Diame

LW- Yoan Gouffran

ST- Dwight Gayle

However, as always, this just opinion. What do you guys make of this side? Would yours be different?

109 thoughts on “Burton Albion vs Newcastle United – Pre Match and Predicted Team

  1. Eric Sykes:
    I watched Burton earlier in the year and they looked like a decent team. It was a surprise as I thought they were non league only a few years ago and played in a cow shed.

    They came up last season didn’t they ?

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  2. Promoted twice in two years, right? Must be one of these ‘greater than the sum of their parts’ things with a lot of team work & unity from those battles. Wonder if they can sustain that, hang around in the Championship and continue growing.

    Also, 3-0 for Boro. Swansea’s defense is awful. Bradley’s gotta sort that out…

    Eric Sykes:
    I watched Burton earlier in the year and they looked like a decent team. It was a surprise as I thought they were non league only a few years ago and played in a cow shed.

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  3. We have Rafa Benitez in the English second division after he was sacked for no reason from Real Madrid. I have no worries about NUFC in The Championship.

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  4. We’re averaging more than two points per game and our goal differential is good… Good signs, but still a long way to go.

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  5. Eric Sykes:
    We have Rafa Benitez in the English second division after he was sacked for no reason from Real Madrid. I have no worries about NUFC in The Championship.

    good on you mate 😉 😉

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  6. All they can do is take one game at a time and beat what’s in front of them. Fact is I suspect we will have the toughest tests of all the Championship teams given everyone sees us as a cup game and big scalp. Teams seem to raise their games that bit more when they face us.

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  7. I don’t really remember Rafa’s reputation at Liverpool and elsewhere, aside from the trophies and consistently high level finishes. Was he considered a very defensive manager?

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  8. Fsotc: Apart from the trophies 🙂 In the most trophy starved club in the universe? Boro, Wigan, Brum and Sunderland have more trophies than us in the last 40 years.

    Rafa has 2 La Liga’s a European Cup and countless others.

    He can be as defensive as he wants.

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  9. I’m not criticizing, mind. I just don’t remember.

    That said, our defense doesn’t seem to be our strong suit this season. Maybe I’m wrong there.

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