Half The Premier League Are Fighting Relegation – Can We Survive?

Newcastle are currently in 16th place in the league table on 25 points from 26 games.

But on the bright side of things we are just 6 points away from 9th placed Bournemouth who have surged with four wins out of the last five games (13 points) by beating both Chelsea and Arsenal in that run of great results.

We need to get on a decent run soon so we can pull away from the bottom three – it would be good not to have to go down to the very last game of the season.


Rafa has said he thinks there are 10 teams which the three clubs who will be relegated will come from.

Rafa Benitez – hard work can save us

This is what the manager has told the Chronicle today:

“Maybe that’s good news.” “There are too many teams involved.” “Are you asking me if I prefer three or four teams involved in the battle for the drop?”

“Well, if there were two or three teams that were much deeper down the pile perhaps it could be better.”

“At least it’s not just one team that could be better than you and it’s down to them or us to stay up.” 

“It now depends on a lot of tough teams.” “That means we are going to have more chances to do well.” “So it’s good for us but we have to keep working hard.”

“It was very clear from the beginning that we were working really hard, particularly towards the end when we were blocking and running.”

“That is the only way for us and the others towards the bottom of the table.”

Two years ago it ended up being Newcastle or Sunderland who would go down with Aston Villa and Norwich – it ended up being us – even though we gained 12 points from the last six games with three wins and three draws.

But Sunderland also got three wins and three draws in their final 6 games and beat us out by 2 points.

We play Manchester United on Sunday and hopefully, we can maintain Jose Mourinho’s record of never having won a game at St. James’ Park.

Not only is Newcastle’s future at stake in these last 12 games of the season, but so is Rafa Benitez’s career at the club.

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6 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost from previous thread….

    toon kk

    I’m afraid that advocating loan signings as a way to allow Ashley not to buy decent players is playing right into the greedy git’s hands.

    Wouldn’t fans be better focusing on the way Ashley’s bled the club dry by effectively supporting SD’s finances with free advertising, merchandise sales, loading the club with massive legal fees dealing with a masquerade posing as an attempt to sell the club, likely massive charges paid to SD for providing management and services such as financial management, Bishop, Barnes and oh, himself.

    Other clubs such as Tottenham have moved on to the big league by having a strategy based on investment to bring success and growth, with the resulting wealth increases whereas under Ashley, we’ve gone from knocking on the top eight’s door to trying to keep away from the trap door to the lower leagues.

    We owe Ashley, big time, for the damage he’s inflicted on the club and more to the point, he owes the club, its fans and the City so much more. That latter debt would be more than paid if he restored what he’s spirited out of the club and slung his greedy hook.

  • U.S Magpie

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, thanks for showing last years tally for games played. Looking at this I can see we have a good chance to stay up, one point more is a plus and yes Rafa didn’t win a game for the first four so if we can change that with say 11 points out of the next six games that would put us in a really good position. That would give us 36 points, that’s leaves 6 games to get 4 points for the magical 40 points. With the new additions I am praying to god we can start doing a Watford or Bournemouth against some of the higher or bigger clubs as some call them. When we stay up I think Amanda will come back and purchase the club for 290 Million, with nothing else for Ashley, no advertising rights, nothing. Lets hope the above comes true and this would make me the Black and White Nostradamus. Howay the Toon!!!

  • AncientC

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    The club cannot make profits from loan players, but the upside is that if loans are from the very top clubs, there is always a chance the club can convince the players to stay. The biggest problem with keeping players on after their loans, is that after seeing how the player performs for Newcastle, the club is going to have to pay exactly what he is worth. Ashley doesn’t like paying the going rate as we know.

    If Kenedy has a good season, Chelsea will know exactly how much he is worth to Newcastle and will ask the going rate. That presents a problem.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Physical team to play MU, land of the Giants, well apart from 3.

    I would love to see Atsu played as a number 10.

    Dubravka 6.6

    Mbemba 6.0 Lascelles 6.3 1/2 Lejeune 6.3 Dummett 6.0

    Murphy 5.10 Merino 6.2 Diame 6.1/2 Kenedy 5.11 1/2

    Atsu 5.5 Slimani 6.2

  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #5

    US Magpie
    Last season Watford were 17th with 40pts
    However the bottom 3 were

    Hull 34
    Boro 28
    Scum 24

    So Watford only needed 35

  • U.S Magpie

    Feb 8, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Thanks Jib, Yes didn’t pay much attention last year to the Prem as we were not in it.
    But sort of good to know that only 35 point were needed last year. God lets hope we stay up.


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