Newcastle United face runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, and Magpies fans are expecting Mo Diame, who certainly divides opinion among the fan base, to be handed another start in midfield.
The Tyneside outfit make the trip to Pep Guardiola’s men on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to bottom side Swansea City, and they face a side who lost their unbeaten Premier League record this season when they were beaten 4-3 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
Diame has started four of United’s last five Premier League matches and has impressed after struggling to make an impact – mainly from the substitutes’ bench – earlier in the campaign when he was on the end of criticism from the St James’ Park faithful.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on how they expect their team to line up at the Ethiad, and while one said “I think Rafa will start with Diame again”, another said “I think Diame will play”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I think Rafa will start with Diame again. He's done well recently. Really getting stuck in. He can also carry ball well. Him and Shelvey (purely for long balls out wide) is who I think will start CM. 5 at back you reckon?
— Paul Harrison (@moonhoover) January 19, 2018
Team selection vs MCFC 4-2-3-1
Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
Murphy Diame Atsu
If Diame drops into MF that could be 4-5-1 all we want today is to put in a shift in give it a go (yes I’ll be slated for it) & enjoy it #NUFC
— john_NUFC42 (@john_nufc42) January 20, 2018
— NUFC_RAFALUTION (@NUFC_RAFALUTION) January 20, 2018
i would play
yedlin lascelles clarke manqullio
murphy mernio shelvey diame atus
perez pace on the counter..
— Dean Dodds (@doddsy1991) January 20, 2018
Yes, I think Diame will play, but whatever the personnel john? all those who take to the field need to give 100% effort, we can't have any 5/10 performances.
— Jason H White⚫⚪ (@jason17jhw) January 20, 2018
Elliot, Dummet, Lascalles, Clark, Yedlin, Richie, Diame, Merino, Hayden, Atsu, Perez
— aL DeV0N (@aldevon) January 20, 2018
#NUFC line-up (4-4-2):
Beye, Dabizas, D.Peacock, Elliott
Gillespie, Batty, Diame, Craig
— NUFC Line Ups (@NUFCLineUps) January 20, 2018
Got a feeling we'll go 4-5-1 today ..wouldn't be surprised if Rafa played Diame and Hayden as DMs today #nufc
— MichaelMM (@mickmar29) January 20, 2018
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