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Newcastle United eager to put points on the board against Arsenal

September 12th, 2018 | No Comments |

Newcastle United v Arsenal match preview.
Yet another tough fixture for the Magpies.
Newcastle United host Arsenal on Saturday aiming to put a disappointing start to the Premier League season firmly behind them.

The Magpies head into the game 18th in the table, having picked up just one point from four outings this term.

The Gunners opened their campaign with defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, but have since beaten West Ham United and Cardiff City to climb up to ninth in the standings.

Newcastle will be hoping that Jonjo Shelvey, Javi Manquillo and Matt Ritchie can all return this weekend, but Florian Lejeune remains on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has numerous injury worries to contend with, particularly in defence. (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…)


Why Newcastle United’s last two games will be important

April 27th, 2017 | 20 Comments |

Rafa Benitez.
Benitez: Still needs to restore a bit of pride?
Before last Monday evening, a run of one point from three games had seen Newcastle fall seven points behind Brighton. A convincing and confidence boosting 4-1 victory against Preston steadied nerves, assuring automatic promotion, but as a team feted as one of the best (or most expensive) ever to find themselves in the Championship, it is hard to escape the feeling that the Magpies still have something to prove before they take the step up to the Premier League once more. That’s without the possible ramifications of the looming tax scandal of course, but that’s a whole different story!

While Chris Hughton’s Seagulls wrapped up their promotion bid early, The Magpies seemed intent on putting their fans through as much anguish as possible (a familiar feeling some Geordies might say). However, Rafa Benitez’s men can be thankful for the equally dreadful form of Huddersfield making their automatic promotion bid much easier than it could have been. Of course, that poor run was stopped against Preston last Monday evening, and Newcastle now have a chance to continue making a statement of intent in their final two games. (more…)


Burton Albion vs Newcastle United: A David vs Goliath struggle

December 16th, 2016 | 57 Comments |

Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium.
Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.
As Newcastle United travel to the 6900 capacity Pirelli Stadium to face Burton Albion, one of the smallest teams in the Championship, I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at how the spectrum of teams in the Championship is as wide, and maybe even wider as it is in the Premiership with the gap between teams like Manchester United and Burnley.

To explain and give some kind of perpective, football transfer website, Transfermarkt estimates that Toon players such as Aleksandar Mitrovic (est value £10.2 million), Jonjo Shelvey (£9.35 million) or even Chancel Mbemba (£8.5 million) are worth more individually than the whole Burton Albion squad, which is valued at an estimated £7.57m in total. Whilst the average Newcastle United first team squad member is estimated to be worth £4.01 million, at Burton it is only £303,000. (more…)


A chance for Toon to forget the past in their next five games?

November 20th, 2015 | 278 Comments |

Newcastle United's next five opponents
Newcastle United’s next five opponents
Looking forward to Newcastle United’s next five league games, against Leicester, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa respectively, usually one would be forgiven for thinking that the Magpies should have a good chance in three of those games, against two smaller sides and another troubled giant in Aston Villa. One would also be forgiven for thinking that the games against Tottenham and Liverpool would be the toughest. However, looking at things more closely, it might not be that simple.

For example, Newcastle’s next opponents at SJP this Saturday, Leicester are currently the highest of our next five opponents at 3rd in the League at the time of writing this, and are alone in this group in having won their last three in a row.

After that we have travel to London to meet Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace in 8th, who are still two places above Liverpool, and will be our opponents after Crystal Palace, with Tottenham coming after that and finally, Aston Villa. Hence the relative prestige of the teams isn’t necessarily reflected in terms of recent form. (more…)