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 – needs to make good start to the season
He already looks worried
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?