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A Merry Christmas beckons for Newcastle United?

December 14th, 2020 | 20 Comments |

St James' Park at Christmas
A Merry Christmas beckons for Newcastle United?
With two victories against Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion already under their belts, the Christmas fixtures could be a very good period for Newcastle United if they can keep up the momentum in the run up to Christmas. All of their next three opponents, Leeds, Fulham and finally, Championship side, Brentford, in the League Cup Quarter Final are all below them in the league. Can Steve Bruce take the bull by the horns, silence the doubters and make the most of this opportunity? (more…)


Predicting Newcastle United’s December fixtures

December 2nd, 2020 | No Comments |

Callum Wilson
Can Callum Wilson keep up his form through December?
As expected, Newcastle United are having an indifferent season, and manager Steve Bruce is dividing opinions. While one can understand that he could not spend what he would have liked to in the summer transfer window, it must be noted that the team are not playing free-flowing and dynamic football that many fans would like to see.

Just like last season, Newcastle are not going to get relegated from the Premier League, but the St. James’ Park faithful would like to see the team show more ambition. It may be a case of hoping against hope, but perhaps things in December will change. (more…)


Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – Can the Magpies bounce back against wounded Eagles?

December 19th, 2019 | No Comments |

Roy Hodgson.
Roy Hodgson (72) The oldest manager in Premier League history
Time: Saturday 21st, 3.00pm. Place: St James’ Park, Newcastle.

No UK TV.

After the disappointment of a narrow defeat to Burnley (after a dodgy decision too), Steve Bruce and the Magpies will be looking for a return to winning form at home against Roy Hodgson’s wounded Eagles on Saturday.

Injuries and Suspensions

It is no secret that Crystal Palace have had something of an injury crisis in recent times with Newcastle United old boys Patrick van Aanholt and Andros Townsend out, as well as Jeffrey Schlupp, Gary Cahill (knee) and Jairo Riedewald, with Mamadou Sakho still suspended for a straight red card. (more…)


Sheffield United vs Newcastle match preview: Will the Blades cut the Magpies down to size?

December 4th, 2019 | 2 Comments |

Bramall Lane
Will the Blades chop the Magpies down to size?
Time: Thursday 5th December 2019, 7:30 PM,
Place: Bramall Lane, Sheffield,
TV: Amazon Prime.

After an excellent and somewhat unexpected draw against champions Man City last Saturday, Steve Bruce and the lads travel to Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane on Thursday evening to face Chris Wilder’s Blades on their home turf. For a newly promoted team Sheffield United have done well to be be in the top half of the Premier League without a star studded team, the South Yorkshire side have been a bit like a Geoffrey Boycott of football this season, generally unspectacular but stubborn, obstinate and hard to beat. (more…)


Match Preview: Can the Toon get back to winning ways against Wolves?

October 24th, 2019 | No Comments |

Newcastle vs Wolves
Wolves: A tough opponent despite some erratic form this season
Time: Sunday 27th October 2019, 2.00pm
Place: St James’ Park, Newcastle
TV: Sky

Toiling in the relegation zone, a win is essential for Newcastle United to move clear of the drop-zone when they host a rigid Wolverhampton Wanderers side known for their defensive strength.

After the euphoria in form of a win against Manchester United, the follow-up narrow loss to Chelsea stung like a bee for the Magpies. Now returning to St. James Park, Steve Bruce’s side aim to take inspiration from the unbridled support to come out on top. (more…)