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Newcastle United still in trouble despite recent run

December 8th, 2018 | One Comment |

Rafa Benitez at SJP.
Rafa – Not out of the woods yet.
Newcastle United host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday aiming to keep themselves clear of the relegation zone.

The Magpies have lost just one of their last six league matches to lie 14th in the table, four points above the bottom three.

However, last weekend’s 3-0 drubbing at home to West Ham United highlighted that manager Rafa Benitez still has a big job on his hands.

Newcastle were much improved at Everton in midweek, deservedly picking up a point courtesy of a 1-1 draw.

After a run of six games without a win, losing five times in that sequence, Wolves pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday. That result left them 12th in the table, six points ahead of Newcastle. (more…)


Newcastle finally finding their form

November 25th, 2018 | No Comments |

Salomon Rondon scoring
Salomon Rondon: Back in the goals against Bournemouth.
Newcastle continue to go through difficult times off the pitch and for much of this season it has been a similar scenario on the field. They have been fighting it out at the bottom of the table and until recently were one of the favourites with the bookies to face the drop – something that must be avoided, considering the size of the club.

However, two victories in the club’s last two games, the first two of the season have lifted spirits enormously. Seeing previously goal-shy striker, Salomon Rondon, finally coming into form with a brace against Bournemouth was especially uplifting. (more…)


Burnley vs Newcastle United Preview, Team News & Prediction

November 22nd, 2018 | No Comments |

Burnley mascot Bertie Bee
Will the Bees have a sting in their tail?
Burnley vs Newcastle United
English Premier League 2018/19
26th November, 20:00 pm BST
Turf Moor, Burnley
UK TV: None

Turf Moor is the setting for Monday night football as the Premier League returns this weekend following the international break.

Burnley and Newcastle United head into the weekend in the bottom seven, both of us only one point above the relegation zone which we could fall into if results don’t go our way on Saturday and Sunday. (more…)


Can Lascelles restore his reputation after insulting fans (and women)?

November 2nd, 2018 | 2 Comments |

Jamaal Lascelles
Lascelles: Big mistake.
In the wake of his signing a new extension on his contract, Magpies’ captain, Jamaal Lascelles severely damaged his reputation among fans, along with half the population of the world when he stated that Football is “a man’s game.” For this piece though, I will concentrate on his comments about Mike Ashley and the fans as this is a Newcastle United ‘blog, rather than a specialist on feminist issues!

On Ashley he gushed:

“I know fingers are being pointed at him, but the meal (Ashley’s meet the players night at Rialto’s in Ponteland) was really positive. He’s a nice guy. I like him.”

He then stuck the knife into fans, adding: (more…)


Newcastle aiming to end woeful recent record against Manchester United

October 4th, 2018 | No Comments |

Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho.
Two managers on the edge?
Newcastle United travel to Manchester United on Saturday still searching for their first win of the Premier League season.

The Magpies were beaten 2-0 at home by Leicester City last weekend, with goals by Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire keeping Rafa Benitez’s side in the bottom three.

Newcastle have scored just four times so far this season and a long battle against relegation is beginning to look likely.

The visitors will be without both Florian Lejeune and Salomon Rondon through injury, but Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez should be available after the pair missed the Leicester defeat. (more…)