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Is this the reason for Ayoze Perez’s improved form last season?

June 3rd, 2019 | No Comments |

Ayoze Perez with match ball
Perez after his first Toon hat-trick.
Like Brexit has distracted most people in the UK from other political issues, so talk of a certain takeover has dominated the minds of we Toon fans in recent weeks, including the stories in this ‘blog. However, in this piece I mean to put that right by concentrating on the notable improvement in form of Ayoze Perez in the latter part of last season, and why this might be.

To get straight to the point, until last season, Perez hardly ever played right wing in a Newcastle United shirt, he was primarily a second striker, occasionally filling in as a centre forward or left winger as needs must in a threadbare Ashley squad.

However, since around December of 2018, Rafa Benitez switched him to a new position on the right of a cosy threesome nestling behind Salomon Rondon and whilst his assist stats haven’t really changed, his goal stats have been transformed from mediocrity to world class levels. (more…)


Newcastle hoping to topple Leicester and move clear of the drop zone

September 27th, 2018 | No Comments |

Leicester vs Newcastle.
Leicester: Five wins out of six against Newcastle
Newcastle United host Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday desperately needing a victory to kick-start their season.

The Magpies have picked up just two points in six games this term, and a defeat this weekend would leave them rooted in the bottom three.

Rafa Benitez’s side have faced four of last season’s top six already this season, and they will be eager to take advantage of some potentially easier fixtures over the coming weeks. (more…)


The History of the Tyne-Wear Derby

December 14th, 2017 | 151 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…)


Newcastle United vs Leeds United: A battle of the statistics

April 6th, 2017 | 2 Comments |

Dwight Gayle scoring
Dwight Gayle: Two goals against Leeds last time
Newcastle are hurtling back towards the Premiership after opening up a commanding lead at the top of the Championship and they could seal promotion in their upcoming home game against Leeds Utd. Gary Monk’s men have enjoyed a strong season and will make life difficult for Newcastle, but the Magpies will be confident of victory.

These sides met at Elland Road in November and Dwight Gayle put Leeds to the sword with a superbly taken brace. Leeds battled bravely but Newcastle were superior in all departments, and the gulf has widened between the two sides since. Leeds are fifth in the table, but 12 points behind leaders Newcastle, who have been brimming with confidence all season. (more…)


Can Benitez still beat Hughton’s 102 point promotion record?

March 3rd, 2017 | 93 Comments |

Benitez and Hughton
Benitez and Hughton’s Tuesday evening showdown
I know similar comparisons have been made elsewhere between Benitez’s current Magpies team and Chris Hughton’s 2009-10 side. However, Tuesday evening’s game against Hughton’s Brighton has finally inspired me to throw in some of my own thoughts on the matter.

As we go into another crunch game against third placed Huddersfield with 34 games gone, Benitez’s team is currently one point ahead of where Hughton’s team were at the same stage with 73 to 72 (as you can see below). (more…)