Upcoming Games Look Tough For Newcastle – Where Will Be On New Years Day?

Newcastle have some tough fixtures coming above through the end of the year, and as we mentioned this morning we have to play Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal away and Manchester City at home in some of those games.

It will be difficult to pick up points form those games, but you never know with Rafa in charge.

We have 11 games left that take us through new years Day when the January transfer window opens.

Hopefully, by then we will have new owners, but that is by no means certain that will be the case.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle’s too thrifty owner

But it’s clear we need new players brought into the squad in January as Rafa starts improving the side we were left with at the end of August.

Rafa made it clear at that time he thought we didn’t have the class players we needed – but maybe that can be rectified in January.

It will be if we get new owners but Mike Ashley will do in January – heaven only knows – but it could be the owner is again unwilling to spend any net money in January.

He spent no money at all lasts January.

Here are the next 11 games we have to play.

Date              Fixture              KO time
Sat 17 Nov    Man United vs Newcastle   17:30
Sat 25 Nov    Newcastle vs Watford      15:00 *
Tue 28 Nov    West Brom vs Newcastle    20:00 *
Sat 2 Dec     Chelsea vs Newcastle      12:30
Sat 9 Dec     Newcastle vs Leicester    17:30 *
Wed 13 Dec    Newcastle vs Everton      19:45 *
Sat 16 Dec    Arsenal vs Newcastle      15:00
Sat 23 Dec    West Ham vs Newcastle     15:00 *
Wed 27 Dec    Newcastle vs Man City     19:45
Sat 30 Dec    Newcastle vs Brighton     15:00 *
Mon 1 Jan     Stoke vs Stoke            15:00 *

Of those we think, we can win the ones with an asterisk on the right so that’s seven of those games we can win and we expect to do well against some of the top six sides too.

But we need to cut out the mistakes at the back and improve our goalscoring record to do that.

And here is our league position with 11 games played and we have 14 points.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

If we can double those points in the next 11 games, we will be happy enough and have 28 points from 22 games played – 12 points to get from 16 games to be safe on 40 points.

How many points do you think we can have by January 1st?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Fat slug out!

    Odious cretin.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Think ed means stroke v newcastle

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #3

    I did have us down for 31 pnts at year end…looks a tad ambitions now, would take mid 20s now.

  • sparky55

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Doesn’t matter what system you play, if you haven’t got premiership quality all over the pitch then you’re knackered.

    We have 5 premiership class players at best in our squad (and that’s being generous!) and that’s our problem…nothing to do with Rafa or his tactics…it’s all about the lack of quality in the squad especially at the top end of the pitch.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Ive said 12 point from next 10 game thats not including the stoke game so 26 point by the end of dec.

  • sparky55

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d be happy if we ended up with 23 points at the half way mark and then spend some money on much needed strikers and No 10’s and wide men to get us to 17th or better at the end of the season then build from there.

    This season has to be about staying up and no more

  • kimbo

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Well without a striker we can only assume 0-0 draws on 5 games and the rest defeats so we will be on 19 points. The only saving grace is hopefully Merino is back and stays fit. After Burnley and Bournemouth performances my confidence has dropped massively and cannot see where the next win will come from.
    Sad days ahead!!!!!!

  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8


    keep the faith there is light at the end of the tunnel

  • lochinvar

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    New Years Day
    Stoke v Stoke
    Interesting – do we get six points for beating them both ?

  • lochinvar

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10

    How about Bilic for the Mackems and Moyes for West Ham
    Sounds about right

  • lochinvar

    Nov 6, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed – you need an asterisk against all games as potentially we can win each of them.
    It’s called a winning mentality.
    Perhaps form suggests otherwise but a couple of penalties in our favour at Old Trafford and Man Utd players sent off and the complexion of a game changes.
    It can be done.

  • toontaff2

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Stroke v Stroke, Runaway?
    Thought I was having trouble moving!


    Nov 7, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Good vibes have certainly taken a turn over the last couple of games with 2 bad results. However , Positives- Manu have not been setting the world alight . We are still very resolute at the back and since day 1 of the season we have not been beat by more than 1 goal. Go to Old Trafford with nothing to lose and with a bit of luck a decent point or maybe an unlikely win. I cant fathom out why Mitro has not shown his face as he is getting paid £XXX a week to score goals for us. Only Rafa knows. 1 or 2 good wins in the next 6 games then the positive vibes will be back. I can see about 12 points with a good wind behind us in next 6 games. Maybe more. Heres hoping. CAC.

  • hibbit

    Nov 8, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #14



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