Here’s Newcastle’s Main Competition In The Championship


There’s a good article in the Chronicle today with Bet365’s Steve Freeth, who talks all about why Newcastle are red-hot favorites to not only get promoted at the first attempt in the coming season, but why we are 9/4 to win the Championship.

We hope Steve is right about that and he believes Newcastle will walk away with the title, much as we did in 2009-2010 – but back then we had a great finish to the season.

After losing 3-0 at Derby County on February 9th – our biggest defeat of the season – we finished the remaining 17 games unbeaten with 13 wins and four draws to end up with a massive 1023 points.

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Bet365’s Steve Freeth

In this part of the interview with Steve Freeth he talks about what competition Newcastle will have next season:

“Looking at the rivals for Newcastle, Villa have got a really big rebuilding process to go through.”

“I’m not a massive fan of Roberto Di Matteo, even if he got the Albion up, but Steve Clarke as number two is a masterstroke. They are our second favorites but there’s a lot of work to do there.”

“Norwich are a solid club. They might lose players like Robbie Brady but they’ll be there or thereabouts.”

“Then Derby, who are 11-1. There’s a lot of interest in them and I do think they’ll be competitive under Nigel Pearson. There’s not going to be a lot of business there, but he’s got a ready-made Championship squad there.

“Derby and Middlesbrough were the big movers last summer – they were 12-1 at the start of the summer but then were backed into 6-1 and that was basically because they spent a bit of money. That’s always going to alert the punters.”

“Next up Brighton and I like what Chris Hughton has done there but they probably punched above their weight last season, and then it’s down to Fulham – who were very average last season.”

“And Ipswich, but Mick McCarthy is always going to be working with one hand behind his back.”

“A lot people like the look of Sheffield Wednesday as well, they spent a bit last season and they went a long way last season.”

“But when you take all of that into account – the quality of the rivals and Newcastle’s own strength – Newcastle tick a lot of boxes that you want to be ticked if you’re looking for favorites.”

What will be very important next season is that we get off to a very good start and the fixture list is due to be announced tomorrow – so we’ll have some idea how tough our start will be.

Comments welcome.



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77 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s a lot of points Ed! 😉

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  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPp0teYYi70
    I like David Batty putting the inert Lennon’s lgs out of play
    😀

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  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Was it 25 points for a win then ?

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  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s legs not lugs

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  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Munster’s right
    They do chant “Norn Iron”

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  • geordie157

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Wow that’s a lot of points! We’ll smash that under Rafa

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  • sing in the corner

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Gan on NI! Only gone and done it! ‘Park the bus’ is proving more effective against quality opposition than you’d expect, which isn’t good entertainment for the neutral though. We’re not the only ones having bother breaking through it.

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  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #8

    A few Deutschlanders past their sell by date methinks !

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  • martoon

    Jun 21, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #9

    On the subject of National Anthems does anybody else think the Spanish on sounds like ‘We’ll row the Keel Row’?
    Lovely goal by Spain!

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Bobby

    Now for the national anthem of England AND Northern Ireland…..

    God save the queen ONCE…

    Start game.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #11

    I like Italys myself.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #12

    I like the Bajan one. I think it starts “Boom Shakalak! Wine’ yor bodeeee..” but I may have misheard it 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Italy you say Belfast? Can you hum a few bars I might remember it

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Check out how far the goalkeeper was off his line there lol

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Ha ha the keeper nearly took it himself. Justice though that was a cheaty dive by villa.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Ok Skunki drums roll..

    Italiaaaaaaaa italiaaaaaaaa Italiaaaaaaa italiaaaaaaaaa

    Bom bom bom ba bom ba bom

    Italia Italia Italia de de de

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Other versions are available

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #18

    But they won’t be as good as mine.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Bom ba da bom ba da bom bom bom bom !

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Nailed it that time.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh yes that IS a good tune.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Bom ba da bom ba da bom bom bom bom bom de de de de de de de

    Italia italia

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Croatia not a bad side really, making Spain look a bit shaky at times

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Croatia look very impressive tonight

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Alright alright man Belfast that’s enough I can’t hear myself think..

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Can’t get that out of my head now thanks for that

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Apologies I was a little disappointed with my first effort.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #28

    “Wriggle yor belleeee..wine’

    Oh get in!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Get in! Great bit of counter attacking by Croatia

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh dear Spain face italy ha ha one down then
    ..

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Bom ba da Bom ba da bom… 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #32

    De Gea should have saved that like. Spain V Italy last 16

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Is there no such thing as a foul throw anymore?

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Aye near post always a sign of lack of concentration. Took a slight dink off a foot but still, dodgy keeper moment.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Clinath- no mate it went out with shoulder barges, obstruction and honesry.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Japanese Honesry.

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #37

    Never understood that ” he shouldn’t be beaten at the near post” comment. Why not? If it’s past him, it’s past him….what does it matter which side?

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Ah so!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #39

    I said villa before I meant silva oops someone fetch Jib he will want to run the wanyamometer over this one. 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Clinath – it’s a sacred tenet of a keeper to guard his near post. It gives the striker all the work to do showing him the longest angle.

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