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The History of the Tyne-Wear Derby

December 14th, 2017 | No Comments |

Sunderland fans.
Sunderland: Relegated this season.
Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League last season means that there is no Tyne-Wear derby on the fixture list for a second consecutive season, unless we draw each other in the FA Cup.

The Tyne-Wear derby is one of the oldest, with the first meeting between the two sides taking place in 1883, and also one of the biggest in English football with two of the most passionate sets of fans in the country following two of England’s biggest clubs.

Betfair, the sports exchange whose services allows punters to place football bets against each other, have produced the below graphic highlighting the biggest derby games in England. (more…)


Can Rafa Benitez Help Continue Newcastle’s Recent Resurgence?

November 10th, 2017 | No Comments |

Rafa Benitez
Rafa: Pointing in the right direction.
Rafa Benitez has been responsible for turning the fortunes of Newcastle United around, adding another promotion to his glittering CV in the process, but can the Spaniard continue moving the club in the right direction, and is there any possibility he could add further silverware to the St. James’ Park trophy cabinet?

At the end of September, Newcastle won three successive matches in the top flight for the first time since 2001 to truly announce their arrival back in the Premier League. Toon fans were casting glances towards the top six as the Magpies showed spirit and fight in abundance, led by inspirational captain, Jamaal Lascelles. Despite being priced at 31/4 for relegation, they have so far looked unlikely to slip back into the Championship and a more realistic 21/20 in the online football betting at Guts.com to be the top promoted club may be a better option as Newcastle have made themselves incredibly difficult to break down and proved stubborn opposition for a number of sides so far this campaign. (more…)


Newcastle up against it at Manchester United

November 9th, 2017 | No Comments |

Manchester United v Newcastle United.
Two teams needing to bounce back.
Newcastle United will bid to return to form when they visit Manchester United on November 18.

After a promising start to the season the Magpies have gone off the boil in their last two games, recording 1-0 defeats against Burnley and Bournemouth.

Their last victory was a 1-0 success at home to Crystal Palace during October, but they are likely to find Jose Mourinho’s side in a fired-up mood at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat at Chelsea in their last match was just their second reverse of the season and it left them eight points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City. (more…)


Newcastle Still Require More Firepower to Cement a Top-Half Finish

October 26th, 2017 | No Comments |

Rafa Benitez
Benitez’s Newcastle: Solid but goalshy so far
Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez have made a terrific start to life back in the Premier League, sitting in seventh position after just nine games and possessing a positive goal difference. The Magpies have been defensively solid so far, chalking up three clean sheets, with Jamal Lascelles impressing at the heart of the back four. The Derby-born defender has also contributed at the other end of the pitch, finding the back of the net on two occasions this campaign, but many fans remain concerned about the lack of firepower within the squad.

The Toon kept Crystal Palace quiet for the majority of the contest on October 21 with summer signing Mikkel Merino’s header proving the difference between the two sides. The Spanish coach has been working hard on the training pitch to ensure his side offer a physical presence in the top flight and the Magpies appear to be increasingly difficult to beat. Only high-flying Spurs have managed to leave St. James’ Park with all three points, although their cause was significantly helped by Jonjo Shelvey’s costly lack of discipline at the beginning of the second half. (more…)


Newcastle’s Defensive Record Will Be Key To Where They Finish This Season

October 23rd, 2017 | No Comments |

Joselu training
Joselu: Still has alot to prove
Newcastle United’s return to the Premier League is just reward for their impressive Championship campaign last season when they finished as champions, one-point clear of second placed Brighton. Newcastle’s front line were on fire last campaign out scoring every other club with 85 goals, and yet it was their back four who were most impressive conceding only 40 goals in 46 matches.

This was no mean feat in what many recognise as the most competitive league in the world. To put it in perspective, Newcastle managed to score more than twice as many goals as they conceded and more than Wigan and Blackburn combined. How they will fair against Premier League defences across the course of a season is unclear, but with just nine goals in their first eight matches they are unlikely to meet the dizzying heights of last season, even with the arrival of Joselu from Stoke City for £5 million in the summer. Joselu is priced at massive 5-1 to score more than 10 league goals this campaign, which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about where the Spaniard’s season may be heading. (more…)