Here’s Newcastle’s Tough Schedule Through January 1st – How Many Points?


Newcastle have played two games since the International and have been well beaten in both games at Old Trafford and at home against Watford.

We still have 9 games to play through January 1st and do have some tough games coming up.

We expected to get something out of the game against Watford and the games we expect to pick up some points have an asterisk on the right.

Gary Megson – West Brom caretaker manager

Date          Fixture                   KO time
Sat 18 Nov    Man United 4 Newcastle 1  
Sat 25 Nov    Newcastle 0 Watford 3     
Tue 28 Nov    West Brom vs Newcastle *  20:00
Sat 02 Dec    Chelsea vs Newcastle      12:30
Sat 09 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 01 Jan    Stoke vs Newcastle  *     15:00

We don’t expect to get anything at Chelsea or at Arsenal, and the game at home to Man City should be interesting although Huddersfield played really well at home to them yesterday and were unlucky to lose the game 2-1.

The winner came from Sterling late in the game on 84 minutes, and that was after the home side were 1-0 up at half-time.

We are really hoping for all 3 points at West Brom tomorrow night – but anything can happen in that game.

The minimum number of points we need from the next 9 games is 9 points – that will keep us on schedule for 40 points for the season, which Rafa keeps talking about – but surely we can do better than that?

The best chance we have of picking up points are the games against West Brom, Leicester, Everton, West Ham, Brighton, and Stoke.

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135 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #1

    hibbit,
    Aye but 10M only gets you a striker who can kick the ball forward, 5M gets you one that can just about do up his laces ?????

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Still moving, still waiting! 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Has anyone got the highlights from Saturday.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    jail there was no highlights.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Catchy,
    I wanted to see that Joselu miskick again, and I’m not sure if Shirebrook was mistaking Mitro with Joselu for a poor shit at the Gallowgate end.

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  • Clematis

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail

    Motd/sky extended highlights are about it, mate.

    I was there on Saturday. Yes, we were awful but their combo of Richarlison and that left back (Zeigler?) just expoited one of our weaknesses in the respect that Yedlin isn’t a bone fide fullback; Jamez or Mbemba should have played there with Yedders possibly in front with Ritchie on the left.

    Plus, we had many chances ourselves. That d!ckhead Silva can say it could have been 8-0; it could have been 6-3 to us.

    We go again Tuesday and at least Rafa learns from errors. This was the end of Diame. He was fcuking gash.

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  • Clematis

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #7

    And i went on a ground tour yesterday – flipping marvellous!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail

    It was a total miskick by Joselu. I would think every player who’s ever lived has done it but he seems to be a total recidivist.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Clematis

    “We go again Tuesday and at least Rafa learns from errors. This was the end of Diame. He was fcuking gash”

    We can but hope but somehow I don’t think so.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Clematis
    Diamé was far the worst player on the pitch but he’s had very little criticism on here
    folk only focused on there pet hates

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #11

    transfermarket has our squad valued at 137 million, All this is in Euros

    Hud 58 mil
    burn 91 mil
    bri 99
    bou 116
    then us, 137 mil. and every one of those play better football and none of there managers has the pedegree and trophies our manager has.

    Rafa has had 3 transfer windows, and i dont rate many of his buys Ritchie, Merino, clark , good buys,. Atsu lejeune, haydon murphy , have not done anything that makes me say yes, good prem players. and the rest have been a waste, yes even gayle, he is injured to much for my liking and to light weight for the prem

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  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Hibbit

    ‘Rafa’s words [about transfer business] are also a sure sign the sale is close.’

    How’d you work that out? Are you suggesting that Rafa feels confident enough to utter an implied criticism of Ashley?

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  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #14

    actual value of the squad is misleading tho.. it doesn’t mean we have a better side. We actually spent most of our money buying players that played in the same position as our previous 3 strongest performers (Merino/shelvey, Lejeune/Clark and Murphy/Ritchie) whereas the other 2 sides had the benefit of signing players for their weaker positions..
    Personally think the position we are in is probably a best case scenario for the players we have. I fancy our current side to finish above Swansea, Palace, west brom, Huddersfield and West Ham, possibly Everton and a lot of that is because of Benitez. Give this side to any manager in the bottom half of the table and I think we’re bottom 2, his organisation and tactics had us grinding out the points until lascelles and atsu got injured and even if we don’t agree with all the decisions hes a world class manager operating with sub standard premier league players

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #15

    jail 8m28 terrible

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  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #16

    @catchy not sure you can call Gayle a waste? he was bought for the championship and averaged a goal a game in a season we won the league? His goals picked us up a lot of wins last year.
    Hard to judge lejeune and murphy, both obviously have talent.. Important to remember Benitez was mislead about what he could do in the summer window…
    Had we added Abraham and Caballero like he’d tried to sort I think we’d be a few points better off now too

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Jay

    i think we have a squad good enough to finish comfortable mid table.
    but not the way we play or who he is picking right now

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  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m not denying anyone to be critical of recent performances under Rafa but let’s not lose sight of the fact that his recent buys have been been a product of Ashley’s control over the purse strings.

    The players he sold and bought in the summer of 2016 were shipped out because they wouldn’t have been happy in the Championship and the incomers bought to play in it! We all know what didn’t happen in January and did happen this summer when Rafa’s transfer plans were scuppered by Ashley and now we’re seeing a squad that’s ill equipped for the Prem.

    Maybe some folk,are expecting to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear? Too much criticism and posts suggesting Rafa should go may well just encourage him to think seriously about doing so.

    Could the Rafa out brigade be closet Mackems?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #19

    lesh,
    We’ve been labelled deluded since 2004 after a few idiots helped get SBR the sack. I’m glad Rafa is media savvy to know there are a few numpties out there and that he has the full support of the vast majority.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Cheers catchy I’ll watch them later.

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  • jimmygscot

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #21

    catchy
    you forgot some of his other poor buys, Gamez Sels Diame Lazaar.
    There have been 3 transfer windows to buy a LB, No.10

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  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    @jimmy those 4 players you mentioned have an average transfer fee of 1.5m per player? and 70% of that is Sels? Were you expecting world beaters for that?
    Fact is Rafa is about 25m in the black when it comes to transfers over 3 windows… you can’t say hes been able to get the players in he wanted? Im only sure Ashley sanctioned the Murphy deal because its surefire that a young English player only needs a handful of good games to be seen as a 20m player, the rest, lejeune cost 8m? Atsu 6m? Swansea spent 8m on 1 loan signing alone? Bournemouth spent 18m on Ake (hardly a proven entity) He had to spend peanuts and we’re paying for it now

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  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #23

    lesh @12

    that’s exactly what i’m implying he definitely knows it’s close

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  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #24

    jimmygscot

    who do you think we of got for the money we spent

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  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #25

    there wasn’t much choice of a 20 goal forward in the 5m bargain bucket
    in the end you only get what you pay for

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #26

    JimmyGscot

    those fall under the waste of space.

    i think he threw his eggs in one basket for a GK with Pepe Reiner and that never happened, and we are stuck with 2 hopeless keepers. id rather have Woodman in goal and learn on the job.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #27

    @24

    * should have got *

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  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Gary Megson in charge for the west brom game! A man that encapsulates the arrogance of alan pardew and the smugness of Steve McClaren. Throw in a pinch of the self entitlement of Sam Allardyce and hes a Newcastle managerial appointment in waiting….

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  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #29

    catchy
    how many times have you seen woodman play ?

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #30

    hibbit

    Mitro got 10 in a poor relegation season team. he is already at the club

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #31

    hibbit.

    never, but thats how much i i dont rate the other 2

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  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #32

    @Catchy – apparently we were pretty much agreed on Caballero and Ashley held off on the deal being confirmed and Willy got tired of waiting and signed for Chelsea? Same thing happened with Abraham.
    Agree on Woodman.. it’s risky because it can make or break a keeper and maybe the current climate wouldn’t be great for him? Ruined Alnwick.. Woodman looks a top keeper in the making though

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Woodman was outstanding in the England team during the Summer with several of the other players who have since debuted for the full England team.

    Don’t think he’d let us down!

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  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #34

    sorry catchy your speaking to the wrong the wrong one about Mitro i wouldn’t let him clean the players boots just don’t rate the lad at all

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Bit more info.

    A winner of the Jack Hixon award in 2015, he is one of a number of talented goalkeepers at United, and has been capped by England at every level up to and including the Under-21s, for whom he made his debut in their 1-0 win over Kazakhstan in October 2016.

    The son of ex-Magpies goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, Freddie joined Newcastle from Crystal Palace in 2013, establishing himself in the Under-18 team before featuring for what was then the Under-21 team in a friendly against York City while just 14 years old.

    Along with fellow United youngster Adam Armstrong, Freddie was part of the England side that won the European Under-17 Championships in 2014 and the duo again made history in 2017 by winning the World Cup with England Under-20s.

    Freddie has enjoyed loan spells with Hartlepool United, Crawley Town and Kilmarnock and has returned to St. James’ Park to add to the wealth of competition for a place between the sticks.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Jay

    I know its Kilmarnock. but he did really well, and lets face it, he is 20, its young but he has won under world cup and european under 17 campionship, so he has played big games

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  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Essex our best youngster by a mile why spoil him
    very big risk playing a young keeper in the situation we find our self’s in

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Hibbit,

    him or Joselu

    only one choice

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  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #39

    sorry mate the lads a mug don’t rate him or trust him
    3 nil up and gets himself a 3 match ban says it all to me

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  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #40

    looks like Big Sam to Everton…Be interesting, first time he’ll have real money to spend and actually decent players..they really don’t have the players for his style though…they’ve 5 number 10’s and no number 9…quite a short in stature team too with no real height across the board so holding teams to 0-0 and nicking one from a corner is probably out…

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