First Eight Games Very Tough For Newcastle


In the first eight games of the season we play each of the top four clubs  in the league table last season – the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal – and that’s a really difficult start for us after we finished last season like a team headed for the Championship.

In fact we play six of the top eight teams in the league last season in those first eight games with Southampton and Swansea our first two games.

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We are at home to Chelsea – and we’ve won that fixture the last three seasons, and also host Arsenal, but we are away at the two Manchester clubs.

Lat season we got 3 points form those four fixtures.

Here are the first eight games of the season.

August
Sun 09	13:30	H	Southampton				
Sat 15	15:00	A	Swansea City			
Sat 22	12:45	A	Man United				
Sat 29	12:45	H	Arsenal				
September
Mon 14	20:00	A	West Ham United				
Sat 19	15:00	H	Watford				
Sat 26	17:30	H	Chelsea				
October
Sat 03	15:00	A	Man City

Watford were not in the PL last season but in those other 7 fixtures we lost five of them and got 4 points last season – a win at home to Chelsea and a draw at Swansea City.

It’s difficult to see us getting many points out of those games, and our best chance of wins are at home to Watford and away at West Ham, although it would be great to start off with 3 points against Southampton on Sunday – but that will be tough.

It’s a very difficult start for the Magpies, and we’ll get some idea of how good we are next season with our results against the top four clubs in England,  and all by the beginning of October.

The very last thing we want is to have a bad start like we did last season when we gained only 4 points and no wins in the first 7 games.

How many points do you think we can get in our first eight games?

Comments welcome.


122 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Unless we continue to spend I hope to god SM has a magic wand as we simply haven’t done enough to address the overwhelming issues with the squad

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    we will get 12 points

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    pawl no it does not make me a better fan nor doe’s it make me less of one as you implied

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree. As things stand I think our squad is only good for 12th to 15th. We are just too poor at the back. I suspect that Maclaren has blown the wedge on the three newbies in the hope Colo has one more good aeason in him. This achilles problem has probably scared him into realising that gamble won’t pay off. Bit screwed.
    Personally I’m holding out until midnight on the 31st but I have a nasty feeling that my pessimistic, miserable prediction for the window will prove correct.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Eight points from eight games and that’s being very generous

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    jack…….. i would take that now

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  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Hibbit

    It could be better though if only they would spend!!!

    It’s so damn frustrating to watch what’s happening and I hope that they are doing everything to put things right, but I’m not going to hold my breath

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    JackButler – I don’t think it was ever realistic to expect to undo 3 windows of neglect in one window. Nor do I think there was ever intent to do so; just to avoid another close relegation call.
    What annoys me is how easily the fans were convinced otherwise. Ashley must be pissing himself laughing at how easily he can fool them.

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  • martoon

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Realistically we shouldn’t expect any points from games against the top 4 so we have to pick up points in the other 4 games – which should be achievable. Saying that the home game against Chelsea has become a bit of a banker 🙂

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  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Jamsha, Chancel

    If you’re going to upgrade to Windows 10, back up your data files – after downloading you may wonder where your data’s gone!

    Win 10 puts into a folder and from there you’d need to move it to wherever you think it should be stored on your Pc.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    jack the thing is in todays game we are even talking big money 20m would the job

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  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Whumpie
    I don’t expect them to undo the neglect they have brought about, but I do expect them to address the real issues first, yes we’ve signed three good players but did we really need two of them while we are carrying so many poor defenders?

    Adding another CB and cover for Jannmat will be the difference in us finishing 14/15th and finishing 9/10th

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Yep. What Jack said.

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  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Unless our shakey defence is sorted with another good CB, none!

    It’s obvious that Charnley’s hit the limit of nett spend and won’t buy until he sells or gets rid of the deadwood.

    So, in doing that, points are lost because he won’t spend outside of budget!

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Lesh I am gonna stick with Windows 7, didn’t like the Win10.
    Apparently we are gonna pay £20 mil for Berahino

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  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit

    I’d say around 12/13 million would see us right, but it will be criminal if we add another striker or winger and over look the defence

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  • northernracoon

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    I can realistically only see 6 points out of them games. And thats if taylor and williamson are kept well away from starting games ?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    A game at a time and I hear Mcclaren uses players according to the games we r playing. So I will take a game at a time you never know we might come out victorious.

    With more points tgan expected.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    lesh…if that’s the case then Charnley has learned nothing!

    …going into the season with this team and thinking it’s good enough for a top 8 finish is just madness!

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  • mkhalaf

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #20

    I feel like we will get 8 points from our first 8 games,,,

    Realistically: Win vs Watford and West Ham
    Draw vs Swansea
    Lose 4 and draw one from arsenal/city/south/chelsea/united

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  • Graeme

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Dont see the issue – we should beat Watford!!

    Of course, we could actually strengthen the back four and stop the cascade of goals into our net – it would certainly make it easier to get a point or three!!!

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  • kimbo

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #22

    Looking a our recent performances how can we expect to get any points from the 1st 8 games, the maximum we will get is 3 but I expect we will have less. We need central defenders before any strikers are signed!!!!!!!!!
    We cannot start a season with CD of Taylor and Williamson .

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    As the current squad stands and judging from pre-season form I feel we will be lucky to average a point a game from the first 8. Maybe even be in relegation places come mid Sept.
    A min of a CB and winger required. If we dont spend 50 mil I personally will class this window as another failure.

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  • mkhalaf

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #24

    also top 8 with the current squad is not unrealistic,,,

    This is the same squad as last year and if we had a half decent manager (if pardew stayed) we were on par for a top 10 finish! then you Add to that top 10 team Mitro/Mbemba/Wignaldum and a much better manager than pardew or carver and we should be able to push for top 8

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  • northernracoon

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    I see mcClaren saod he will base our starting line up on this weeks training alone…. hope he has the balls to start collo and mbemba in cd….id rather take that gamble than have them other 2 baffoons anywhere near starting… whats peoples prefered line up for sunday ????

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  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #26

    What worries me most, apart from our dodgy defence is our lack of pace when Aarons picks up an injury where far too static, we end up backwards.

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  • Slank

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    kimbo @ 12

    ‘..cannot start a season with Taylor and Williamson…’

    Given that Colo is injured, Dummitt possibly too and Mbemba is not match fit who else would you suggest other than Saylor and Williamson ?

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Pains me to say it but best thing for us is to leak a few stupid goals. As long as we can even it up at the other end.

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  • jaymucca

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #29

    We have spent some good money. I don’t think we could ask for much more at the moment. We need to let the new signings settle in, see how they play together and reassess in January.

    If we spend much more now, it’s a big risk that we will be left with less money to compensate for poor signings/injuries in January.

    We can’t expect too much out of these games, but we should try to win every single one. For the fans.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #30

    mkhalaf…top 8 which the current team is a stretch!

    …you cannot delude yourself otherwise…sure anything is possible, but going into the season thinking this will suffice is pure madness!

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  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #31

    Jamsey
    we’ll be leaking a few goals mate, don’t worry about that.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #32

    Slank…kimbo is suggesting we need to bring in a CB surely you can grasp that?

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #33

    Does anyone know if you can get odds on Newcastle not making another significant signing this window?? Was thinking I might as well make a few quid of my pain.

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  • CumbrianMag

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Another CB and full back cover is needed for us to stand a chance this season. Can’t believe we still refuse to strengthen at the back when it’s our downfall every year.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #35

    Jamseyd24…can I get in on that one 😉

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #36

    First eight games are going to be tough, you dam right they are going to be tough, more reason to strengthen our pissing defence.

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  • davetoon

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Fat Ash probably reminded Stevie Mac that the budget he was given includes agent fees and wages over the term of the contract

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  • davetoon

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Does anyone actually know if Collo can play on the weekend?

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #39

    Shame that we are closer to 0 points than 15 points.

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  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #40

    The first thing to fix our bad defensive record is not to whinge about the personnel who have all at some time while at NUFC performed ok.
    The first thing is as Lilongwe said is look at the way we played , so many times our defense was made to look bad because messrs Pardew and Carver would have a sit back and absorb it mentality.

    On the evidence of what I’ve seen so far McClaren just doesn’t think like that.

    Alright a ring rusty Tayls was dispossessed in the penalty area and they scored but we had loads of the game and a few chances that when players are sharper will go in.

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