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Newcastle Could Get Good Start In First 8 Games

7:32 pm, Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 93 Comments

The very first game of the season on 16th August is at home to Manchester City,  and we haven’t had a result against Manchester City for a long long time, and of course we were taken apart 4-0 in that first game at the Etihad Stadium last season.

alan pardew tense

Alan Pardew – needs to make good start to the season
He already looks worried :D

Here are the first eight league games of the season, which were announced this morning:

Date            KO Time     Fixture                       Result?
 
16 Aug 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Manchester City     L
23 Aug 2014     15:00       Aston Villa v Newcastle         D
30 Aug 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Crystal Palace      W
13 Sep 2014     15:00       Southampton v Newcastle         D
20 Sep 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Hull City           W
27 Sep 2014     15:00       Stoke City v Newcastle          L
04 Oct 2014     15:00       Swansea City v Newcastle        W
18 Oct 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Leicester City      W

In our last 15 Premier league games we have played against Manchester City we have lost thirteen and drawn two, so maybe we wont get anything out of that first game, but anything out of the game will be a good surprise start to the season for us.

The next game at Villa Park is winnable, but we have no idea what Villa will be like next season, although in the first two seasons under manager Paul Lambert, they have been disappointing and fought against relegation in both seasons – a draw.

We beat Crystal Palace at home last season with a late goal, but they are much improved under new manager Tony Pulis and that will be a difficult game – but a winnable game as well – a home win.

Southampton are losing a lot of their star players this summer,  and will have new manager Ronald Koeman in charge, after Mauricio Pochettino joined Tottenham, so they will be an unknown quantity too – we could get a draw there after being taken apart 4-0 last season.

And after putting in a woeful second half performance against Hull City last season at home, when we amazingly lost 3-2, Newcastle should be able to beat Hull City next season, and they are in the Europa League next season, and will play qualifying games in August, and their squad will be stretched with those Europa League games – especially if they qualify for the group stage – a home win for Newcastle.

We lost narrowly at Stoke City by 1-0 (a fluke goal) and were hammered 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium, so those two games could be tough ones – we think we’ll lose at Stoke because they could be a much improved side next season under manager Mark Hughes.

But with Swansea likely losing their top striker Wilfried Bony, and having an unproven new manager in Gary Monk, we could repeat our win there of two seasons ago – so we’ll say we can get 3 points at the Liberty Stadium.

And then we should be able to beat newly promoted Leicester City at home (that’s also what we said last year about newly promoted Hull City), but it’s difficult to know how good the promoted teams will be, and they are sometimes good at the beginning of the season – but a home win for the Magpies in that game.

So after the first game against Manchester City, the next seven games are all potentially winnable games, and it’s not like we are meeting a top six side after playing the Premier League Champions to get the season underway.

We have four wins and two draws and two defeats in those first 8 games – so 14 points would be a decent start to the season for us from the first 8 games.

And Alan Pardew must get Newcastle off to a decent start, and the last thing we want to see is Newcastle struggling after those first 8 games, and if that’s the case it could even be curtains for Pardew.

How do you think we will fare in those first 8 games?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Fixtures · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League



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93 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Could also be a nightmare start. We won’t know until the time.

  • 2 Ancientcoptic // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Newcastle v Manchester City L
    Aston Villa v Newcastle D
    Newcastle v Crystal Palace D
    Southampton v Newcastle L
    Newcastle v Hull City W
    Stoke City v Newcastle L
    Swansea City v Newcastle L
    Newcastle v Leicester City D

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    ed

    I think you forgot who the manager is

  • 4 jazzyp // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    So much faith in the team for next season. Gonna be along drawn out season for many on here lol !!

  • 5 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    This is Newcastle, Belfast me old fudgey potato, it’s a cert it will be a bike clips and brown cords start.

  • 6 barkel // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    I reckon we will finish on roughly the same points as this season, top ten with the current squad. I know there’s so many on here that will say we’re for relegation but I’m sick of the negativity

  • 7 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I’m loving the negativity it’s like a breath of fresh air for us Optimism Valley refugees. :)

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    JazzyP

    it could be so good with just a couple of tweaks here and there, the most obvious being a good attacking manager.

    Then maybe the likes of sissoko, debuchy, ben Arfa, MYM etc may not want away to follow Ba, cabaye etc

    I think we will see more leave than come in to be honest.
    Even if we got Cabella wouldn’t he just be pardewed like Ben Arfa and Marv.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    barkel

    I’m just sick of our negative manager.

  • 10 jazzyp // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Tsunki
    Ya damn right……..Negativity is the way forward i’ll tell ya !!

  • 11 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    :D

  • 12 jazzyp // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Rotonda
    Ya bang on there buddy. I don’t see why any top player will keep putting up with P@ss poor tactics and lack of ambition currently being shown at the club.
    As for the transfer window, I’ll hold judgement till it closes

  • 13 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Did OV Ever organise a reunion / therapy session?

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Good evening ladies and what are we moaning about this evening

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Don’t tell me is it pardew

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    or is it ashley

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Oh that was a good guess wasn’t it

    Ha ha ha

  • 18 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Yeah maybe if we bring some players in .

    We have seen how woeful we are under Pardew when he hasn’t got a Remy, Cisse or Ba to dig him out of the sh*t .

  • 19 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL ! .

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    CHILE!!!!!!

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Spain could be going out

    wow

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    See gents and you think we have got it bad

  • 23 JamesToon // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    cmon chile!! they are playing some beautiful football, high press and fast transition from defence to attack. Sampioli a disciple of bielsa

  • 24 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Pardew learn from the Aussies and the Chilean managers. Attacking works!!!

  • 25 Thump // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Haha, good start. Okay.

  • 26 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Signing a couple of Chile players might be a good move. Mind you getting rid of our crap manager might be a good move too

  • 27 Graeme // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Are Spain the dirtiest team in the competition.
    They aint winning so its foul, after foul, after foul.
    Its time the Ref got a grip on them, for the good of football.

  • 28 Graeme // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Toon from Leeds – the cheapest investment FCB could make would be to sack the 1970′s Manager and the 2 main coaches. Bring in a Manager and coaches who KNOW the modern game, who KNOW how to set up a football club from under 8′s to the 1st team.

    If they could then instigate a “Club Ethos” through every level, NUFC would go places – and fast.

  • 29 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Graeme I completely agree with you

  • 30 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Bye, Bye Spain .

  • 31 hitman // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    6 points from first 8 games.

  • 32 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Bye bye Spain

  • 33 Graeme // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    And Chile make it 2-0

    Absolutely fantastic – Spain will be on their way home, dirty barstewards

  • 34 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    If we start the New season the same way we finnished the last one we will be rock bottom come November?

    WOW ! Spain 0 Chile 2 ? Feel the “S”” PAIN !

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Good to see nobody is giving the insistent troll the time of day !

  • 36 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Wow. Went out for dinner, thinking this was gonna be a walk in the park for spain…

    Wow.. speechless. Spain haven’t even scored either!

  • 37 Wandering Geordie // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Nice to see Ashley spending some money now…Not what you think though….

    He’s just bought a 4.8% stake in a fashion discount company clothing company…..MYsale…… Tw~t

  • 38 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Jail who is the insistent troll? Glad to see the dirtiest team in the World Cup are going out

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Iker Casillas is having a bit of mate but Jesus talk about massively scapegoating the lad!
    He’s the last man in a team that massively under performing and is massively exposed with not a lot of football under his belt this season

    Bit like the scapegoating of Rooney, one player playing sh1t but not the only one

  • 40 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Wandering does Mysale play midfield or defence?

  • 41 hitman // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    if we have a nightmare of a start i can see fcb pulling the trigger on p45due,well heres hoping.

  • 42 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Hitmam p45due needs sacking before that!!!

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    WG,
    What a shame the guy never had a
    passion for our success :(

  • 44 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Regardless of whether Pardew faces the bullet next season or not doesn’t change the fact we still desperately need players, a lot of people seem to be forgetting that!

  • 45 Sliema // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Iker Casillas – You know. I think it’s over the top, the criticism of him. He cost them 2 last game, 1 this. Okay. But they’d still have lost 3-1 and be loosing 1-0 now, that can’t be his fault! He’s just the last man, he has to deal with the consequences from the 10 guys in-front of him playing shit.

  • 46 Sliema // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Costa is NOT a big game player.

  • 47 hitman // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    agree leeds..tds fcb only seems to take action when he thinks his investment is going tittys up.i just carnt see the players we need coming in this window.

  • 48 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    South I completely agree we need new players but will they flourish under the rubbish mangerial team we have?

  • 49 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Leeds
    It doesn’t matter if they flourish or not, we don’t have a squad, we could go into this season with damn near anyone as manger and be in serious f**king trouble seeing as this current team has about 10 goals a season in it
    No strikers
    No creativity in midfield
    No width
    No hope

  • 50 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Busquets LOL ! .

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke the diving,cheating w4nker .

  • 51 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    South again I agree with u but will FCB put his fat hand in his fat pockets and buy 6-7 decent players?

  • 52 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    hitman
    His investment has gone tits up
    Went tits up the second he sold Cabaye
    Decimated squad with fans protesting

    He has to invest it’s that simple really, blame Pardew all you want there’s only one person who’s responsible for the shambles the toon is in on and off the pitch

  • 53 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    BPC
    Busquets and Pedro, the most punchable players in football!
    Well after Pepe!

  • 54 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    “Here comes Torres”
    Shhhh, did you hear that? A whole nation groaning at once!!

  • 55 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Sick of reading reports about Remy Cabella, Andros Townsend, Steven Caulker, Karim Benzema etc on Newcastle’s radar FFS sign some players you pillock

  • 56 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    That’s it Spain are completely f**ked. here comes Torres!!!

  • 57 hitman // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    tads fcb is a gambler, he will put the bare minimal in and hope for the best,and if its all tittys up come crimbo then he will start shelling out.i think we will get 1 more in this window hopfully a striker.

  • 58 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    “He hasn’t been involved with Spain really for the last 12 months but got picked ahead of Negredo and Llorente”

    Hahahahaha there’s that groaning noise again!!

    Anyone else notice,
    Torres, was a deadly CF….signed for Chelsea…..
    Costa, was a deadly CF…..signed for Chelsea…..

  • 59 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Holland vs Chile will be a good game next Monday !

    My prediction for a Brazil Spain final is been blown out of the water? What do i know?

    Bye Bye Spain!

  • 60 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Will Alexis Sanchez be able to go back to Barcelona after putting Spain out of the World Cup?

  • 61 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Personally I don’t rate Costa as highly as some .

    Players like RVP have so much more natural talent, whereas Costa is a decent finisher that played in the second best team in the world last year and scored plenty .

  • 62 Graeme // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Some of the Spanish tackles are almost brutal – I really dont know how they still have 11 on the pitch.

    The World Cup is supposed to be about the “Beautiful Game” – if that is so, then Spain must be the thugs, the exception to the rule. A disgraceful team in their first 2 games.

  • 63 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    I hope this is truly the final nail in the coffin of Tika-taka .

  • 64 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Personally I’m surprised Blatter has let this happen
    Spain must of forgot his birthday present this year

  • 65 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    They love there short corners don’t they!
    No hurry lads, not as if your about to crash out the WC or anything

  • 66 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    6 minutes ? .

    Fix or what ? .

  • 67 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Really likeng this Chile squad. 89th minute, 2nil up and in Spains half. 3 Chile players closing down the Spain player and WINNING the ball.

  • 68 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    6 mins added on time? Blatter trying his best for Spain!!!

  • 69 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Looks like Netherlands and Chile first two teams to progress, regardless of the results in the 3rd game.

  • 70 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Two Games, aggregate score of 7-1. LOL.

  • 71 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    that only one was a penalty ONLY!!!!

  • 72 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Maybe Costa should have stayed with Brazil ;) .

  • 73 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Blatter’s name may be renamed to Gall Bladder now.

  • 74 Toon Tang // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Can you imagine the toon players putting in even half the workrate that Chile just have.

    Puts us to absolute shame that display does.

  • 75 GeordieDan // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Would that be the same Debuchy and Sissoko that are planning to leave NUFC this summer that are doing a good job convincing Cabella how fabulous it is on Tyneside though Ed?

    Re: Cabella earlier:” in spite of all the negative stuff coming from Chairman Louis Nicollin about the Tyneside club, so we assume both Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko are doing a good job in Brazil – of persuading him to join Newcastle United this summer.”

    We all know its just paper bollox until the ink on the players’ signature is dry.

    I’ll believe literally nowt until we’re proven wrong (and that Ashley, Pardew, Charnley and their circus aren’t utter incompetents and have a pure battleplan and not literally no coherant plan at all ).

  • 76 toonking // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    spain looked like a team who were absolutely shattered.
    some of the chances they had today were wasted, it was as if they deliberately wanted to miss the target or maybe it was because they were just too tired and lost concentration.

    the team i liked today was australia, that team looked like the team who’s fans will continue showing support sort of like the newcastle united team who were in the championship.

    that australian team made me think to myself, if newcastle are to get a good attacking football team then we need to get the defence sorted out because that is something i’ve always fealt is poor and really we are never going to see the quality attackers a team needs to have if it’s going to win games with an awful defence as ashley is too greedy to spend more than 10 million on a player, so therefore we have only one other option and that is get 2 quality CB and 1 quality defensive FB otherwise we will have be a defensive team or end up tired by the end of the season.

  • 77 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Newcastle v Manchester City- L
    Aston Villa v Newcastle- L
    Newcastle v Crystal Palace- L
    Southampton v Newcastle- L
    Newcastle v Hull City- L
    Stoke City v Newcastle- L
    Swansea City v Newcastle- L
    Newcastle v Leicester City- L

    yes I know I’m very optimistic ;)

  • 78 welshgeordie9 // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    June 18, 2014
    Good to see nobody is giving the insistent troll the time of day !

    Now i wonder who you are talking about

    Ha ha ha

  • 79 toonking // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    we do have the quality RB already and as for LB i’ll still wait and see but CB we certainly need atleast 1.

  • 80 Marty-Toon // Jun 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    5/6 points from the first 8 games is possible and that’s a terrible start,how are we gonna score goals?
    Not looking forward to the new season at all and unless we buy some quality then we will be going down before January’s window comes round.
    Had I been living in Newcastle I certainly wouldn’t be buying season tickets without seeing some transfer ambition.

  • 81 Thump // Jun 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Love seeing Spain capitulate. Makes me feel like Newcastle is successful.

  • 82 Toon Tang // Jun 18, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Assou-ekotto wearing a standard issue ‘Mcdermott toupee’

  • 83 Belfast // Jun 19, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Looks like you murdered the blog toon tang.

    You now have to milk manxpies cow blindfolded.

    (manxpies idea) not mine.

  • 84 Belfast // Jun 19, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Thump has already milked the cow blindfolded.

    He could maybe give you a few tips.

    Night xx

  • 85 FAU // Jun 19, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    16 Aug 2014 15:00 Newcastle v Manchester City L
    23 Aug 2014 15:00 Aston Villa v Newcastle W
    30 Aug 2014 15:00 Newcastle v Crystal Palace W
    13 Sep 2014 15:00 Southampton v Newcastle L
    20 Sep 2014 15:00 Newcastle v Hull City W
    27 Sep 2014 15:00 Stoke City v Newcastle W
    04 Oct 2014 15:00 Swansea City v Newcastle W
    18 Oct 2014 15:00 Newcastle v Leicester City W

    if the owner is not ashley.

  • 86 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:10 AM

    Watched Cahill,s tackle back a few times now and its one of the worst challenges i have ever seen ? Should of seen Red?

    Martins Indi taken straight to the hospital with a heavy concussion? Enjoy your flight back home Tim !

    What a complete and utter W,,,,,,,,,,,,,, !

  • 87 firebug666 // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    I don’t think it matters who we play or when, and it doesn’t matter who we bring in. I think this season we will be fighting relegation simply because our inept manager always has us sitting back and playing our football from deep in our own half.

    All this does is allow the opposition to come on to us and gain confidence. You cannot win the game with 11 men behind the ball sitting on our own 18 yard box.

    First 8 games? unless Pardrew changes our style of play drastically I think we will be luck to snatch 4 points.

  • 88 firebug666 // Jun 19, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    *lucky

  • 89 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    On topic, we need to get a good start, as if we don’t have points on the board going into what looks a tough December then we could be in trouble come the New Year.

    I agree with Ed that the first 8, other than City are all games we can take something from, IF we get the players in, particularly a centre forward. Plenty of time for that still, so I am not panicking just yet.

    On the World Cup, Cameroon were frankly embarrassing with their behaviour. Also good to see attacking with purpose football win out again from pass and bore the opposition to death. It was on the cards ever since the last Euro’s that this would see their demise, although I never imagined it would be quite so spectacular.

    Diego Costa impresses me less and less every time I watch him. He has had one very good season, before that just 1 goal every 3.5 games roughly. Certainly not a strike rate worthy of the current reputation he has. Hope he proves me wrong, as it is always great to see top players in the Prem.

  • 90 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Lil

    It always happens mate, a player has one good season then gets sold for silly prices! Does my nut in! A few seasons doing it then yeah they’ve proved themselves but not two or three mediocre ones and one good one

  • 91 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Certainty not a world class player by any stretch of the imagination….yet! I hope he’s a massive flop tbh lol

  • 92 JAMSHA // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    watched the tackle its a yellow not a red.. the tw@t tryd to dive but fell on this head… u saw van persys challange on lecki? that was a red aswell

  • 93 musomag // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Literally pointless speculating how many games we might win when we don’t even have a single fit striker.

    If we don’t buy quality quickly then we’ll get sweet FA from every game. That will put a sharp end to all the guesswork. Even if a miracle happens and the businessman decides to splash the cash on a few decent players they will take time to gel, especially as they’re likely to sit on the bench watching us lose while AP dithers about playing them in their best role




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