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Prediction – Rafa’s Team For Bristol City – Two Changes

Friday, February 24th, 2017 · 124 Comments

The goal is to get as many points as possible from the next four games – although we suppose the goal for the rest of the season is exactly the same – to get as many points as possible from the remaining 14 games – 42 points would be good.


We should be able to get 3 points tomorrow against the out-of-form Bristol City, but we have a feeling that Rafa will field a strong team to ensure we get off to a good start over the next four important games.

Those are Bristol City at home and then Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading away in a short 11 days.

Matt Richie has picked up 9 yellow cards and one more yellow card will see him miss the next two games.

Matt Ritchie – 9 yellow cards
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Rafa’s Very Good News On Dwight Gayle – Tests Are Positive

Friday, February 24th, 2017 · 5 Comments

Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the important game at home tomorrow against Bristol City – one we should win and have to win to keep on track for promotion in May.

If we can win this game it will be six wins and two draws in the last eight league games and we then face Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading away in a short 8 days starting this Tuesday night.

Those are currently the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams in the Championship – well would you believe it!

The very good news from Rafa is that Dwight Gable will not be out for four weeks it will be less than that and he says the tests on him have come back positive and he’s doing well.

Rafa Benitez at his press conference
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If Newcastle Promoted This Is What We Can Look Forward To

Friday, February 24th, 2017 · 4 Comments

There are some Premier League facts going around the Internet today with Rafa having the 4th highest win rate in Premier League history as a manager.

So we will have to keep hoping he’s managing Newcastle United there next season and we can hopefully look forward to winning some games – let’s say a lot more than last season under Steve McClaren.

Obviously Rafa will not be happy at only being 4th and he will obviously want to increase his win percentage with Newcastle.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

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This Brilliant Young Midfielder Would Be Great Newcastle Signing

Friday, February 24th, 2017 · 8 Comments

It’s obvious that Rafa needs to increase the creativity of his side in central midfield this summer and the Spanish manager did his best to sign 26 year-old James McCarthy from Everton last month but was unsuccessful.

James could still be a target for Newcastle in the summer depending on how much he plays for Everton through the end of the season,  but Rafa is also looking at some of the top younger players he may want to bring into the club and then turn into top players on Tyneside.

We have been linked for the last six months or so with a top young player at Anderlecht – 19 year-old playmaker Youri Tielemans – who now has 16 goals in 35 games for the Belgian club this season and is attracting the  attention of some big clubs.

19 year-old Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht
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Rafa Explains What’s Needed In Final 14 Games

Friday, February 24th, 2017 · 56 Comments

Rafa Benitez has instilled a toughness and mental strength in the Newcastle side this season that means the lads never give up in any game and they are always trying to win it – whatever the score is.

A great example of that was the home game against Norwich last year when we were 3-2 down going into stoppage time and 3-2 down after four minutes of stoppage time.

But we scored two dramatic goals in the following two minutes to get a very famous 4-3 win against a top side in the division.

A rather stern looking Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
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If Arsenal Go After Benitez It Could Be Positive For Newcastle

Friday, February 24th, 2017 · 16 Comments

There are still reports out there about Rafa Benitez possibly joining Arsenal in the summer.

The latest one comes from former Liverpool and Newcastle midfielder Didi Hamann, who says Rafa would be good for Arsenal and could get more out of the current squad than Arsene Wenger.

But it’s still a long shot that Arsene will leave the Gunners this summer and the odds are that he will accept another two year deal at the club before finally moving on to other challenges in 2019.

Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger in 2013
Rafa was manager of Napoli at the time

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