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Newcastle’s Final 7 Games Of The Season – And Unbelievable Comparison With Last Season


After the 2-2 draw yesterday at Bournemouth we now have over a two-week International break before we play at Arsenal two weeks tomorrow night.

We have 7 games left – three at home and four away and we should be able to pick up some additional wins before the end of the season.

Rafa Benitez – will want more than 9 points in final seven games

Here are the seven remaining games.

Mon 01 Apr   Arsenal vs Newcastle           8:00pm
Sat 06 Apr   Newcastle vs Crystal Palace    3:00pm
Fri 12 Apr   Leicester vs Newcastle         8:00pm 
Sat 20 Apr   Newcastle vs Southampton       5:30pm
Sat 27 Apr   Brighton vs Newcastle          5:30pm
Sat 04 May   Newcastle vs Liverpool         3:00pm
Sun 12 May   Fulham vs Newcastle            3:00pm

And compared to last season the records are identical in every way.

Premier League SeasonPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPointsPosition
2017-201838128183947-84410
2018-201938129174248-64513

That’s really weird and a little amazing.

In the previous two games last season at this time (games 30 and 31)  we beat Southampton (3-0) and Huddersfield (1-0) at home.

That was the start of a four-game winning streak which was followed by a four-game losing streak before we hammered Chelsea at home on Sunday 13 May to finish the season on 44 points in 10th place.

Hopefully, we can do better this season and get more than 9 points (3 wins) in the final seven games.

Here’s how we stand before today’s games in the Premier League and other teams now have games in hand on us because of the FA Cup.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
10West Ham38-352
11Watford38-750
12Crystal Palace38-249
13Newcastle38-645
14Bournemouth38-1445
15Burnley38-2240
16Southampton38-2039
17Brighton38-2536
18Cardiff38-3534
19Fulham38-3726
20Huddersfield38-5416

We are certainly not safe yet and there’s still one club to be relegated along with Huddersfield and Fulham.

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146 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail for Ashley
    The longer Rafa strings them along the more likely they are to offer him what he wants.

    Most bloggers were saying that six months (or more) ago.

    Jail always gets there eventually

    clever lad

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib,
    Stick to posting random made up stuff to try and sound clever will you, it’s quite funny seeing you make an ar$e of yourself 😀

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  • Moonraker15

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Rondon has turned out to be an absolute gem and probably the only person who preferred him over Mitrovich was Rafa!
    This is a reminder to us exactly how a great manager sees what we possibly don’t because Rondon isn’t a prolific scorer but he’s always a threat. His main quality seems to be holding the ball up and bringing others into the game; he is the main reason why we’ve pulled away to relative safety from relegation. He’s improved Perez no end now that he can run off him and doesn’t have to hold the ball up, which he’s poor at. Ashley needs to sign Rondon ASAP and let Rafa build a team around him! It’s looking good though!

    21
  • lochinvar

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Saw a quick glimpse of Mike Dean’s behaviour on MOTD.
    How on earth he gave the penalty to Bournemouth is beyond belief as the ball never reached the players involved in the “tussle” and it takes two to tussle. Compared to the Wolves incident when Dubrovka had a blindfold put on him you’d wonder if Mike Dean would disallow such a goal ? No need to reply on that point.
    Rondon was clearly pulled so that was equally a spot kick by Dean’s own interpretations. The Yedlin incident I don’t think was shown ?
    Man City’s goal by Aguero was clearly offside and if you look at the coverage the linesman only arrived at the point of debate some seconds after the ball was in the net but no VAR ,yet Man Utd benefited from VAR in their game when Lindorff’s leg breaker of a dangerous tackle was rescinded from red to yellow.

    The FA are quick to deal out reprimands and fines to Managers and players but referees seem to be above action for poor performances. Next season will be interesting with VAR and big screen replays ? We’ve onlt the one at SJP and I can’t see it. Perhaps Ashley could invest in a couple more for SJP and to be fair that would allow him some adverts at half time for certain business interests.

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  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Our last 7 last season were:-
    Sat 07 Apr Leicester vs Newcastle
    Sun 5 Apr Newcastle vs Arsenal
    Mon 23 Apr Everton vs Newcastle
    Sat 28 Apr Newcastle vs West Brom
    Sat 05 May Watford vs Newcastle
    Sat 09 May Tottenham vs Newcastle
    Sun13 May Newcastle vs Chelsea

    I think our run in is slightly easier this time around

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  • posada

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    The penna decision re Yedlin.
    We didn’t even appeal for it.

    The tackle on Perez. Our player should go down as if badly injured. Normally that means you lie very still and at most wave an arm. Our players should go straight to our player who is down. They should then wave the trainer on in a very animated way.
    Make the ref think it’s a bad one.
    That will influence his decision.

    All we actually do is engage the ref in debate.
    We really do miss a trick.

    3
  • magscar

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail

    Jib is correct several regular posters have been speculating for months that Rafa holds a strong hand and knows when and how how to play it to his and our advantage. Welcome to the club now don’t back slide into doom and gloom 🙂

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  • posada

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    The Bournemouth penna.
    Not sure how refs can be consistent with those.
    On most occasions they are missed or simply not given as the ref is not brave enough or sure enough to give it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Whatever about other decisions I thought the peno looked OK. Not stonewall but often given. We wud have screamed for same.

    4
  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Posada
    Rafa should ask Unai Emery which drama coach
    Arsenal use.

    😛

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #11

    That Stat is bizarre. It’s surprising that we haven’t improved, as we are deffo better. Stronger league this year. Hopefully we will finish better than last year’s end of season collapse. Confident we will.

    5
  • Munster Mag

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Happy St Patrick’s day to one and all. Cheers for the vid last night Lesh.

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Reader’s comment in The Observer:

    “GordonLiddle

    “I’ll take a draw against Mike Dean.”

    10
  • magscar

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Martoon

    Yes MOTD coverage was a disgrace last night – gloss over our first half penalty and red card incident ? Not even mentioned or discussion of Rafa’s not so cryptic remarks after game !? – even Merson had to conced on SSN that there was a case for penalty for tackle on Yedlin – albeit after prompting.

    Not the first time MOTD have given what seems to be a biased selection of incidents at worst or at best very poor editing on one of our games. Hardly watch these days because of big six or London centric bias and idiots like Danny Murphy.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Arsenal boss has a bloody annoying voice

    3
  • c-dog

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Fernandez foul was a definite penalty. Other players are smart about these sort of infringements where they hide their foul. Fernandez demonstrated great stupidity in making it as clear as possible that he was illegally obstructing Ake.

    Great result all the same and a fantastic team performance on the road. If Rafa can spend another 50/60 million in our first 11 then we should be easily 7th and set up nicely to compete for cups.

    5
  • magscar

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Lesh

    Great video clip last night – remember the televised concert well (BBC4?) and have copy somewhere – great acoustic solo from Declan Sinnott

    0
  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s strange that the coverage of our match
    was so poor on MotD – the hostess Gabby Logan
    is NUFC daft , ever since she went to Durham Uni

    7
  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Guernica is not in The Prado it is in the Riena Sofia.

    2
  • posada

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:43 AM
    Comment #10

    Posada
    Rafa should ask Unai Emery which drama coach
    Arsenal use.
    ******
    Yes, he could. Some may not like those antics.
    However, if others are doing it you place yourself at a disadvantage if you don’t.

    3
  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Reina

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #22

    And also Jib. Have you been watching too many reruns of Neighbours. “Uni”.

    4
  • magscar

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #23

    JIb

    yeah Gabby is newcastle fan but she doesn’t of course provide the edited highlights for discussion so difficult for her to lead debate in direction we reasonably could have expected.

    Felt it was a rushed discussion to simply cover goals after much time spent on WH ( another one of BBC darlings).

    I don’t know why I feel short changed – should be used to it by now 🙁

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #24

    magscar,
    I’m not sure I get your point, so because a few bloggers said the same a few months ago I’m not supposed to.comment on a thread relevant to the subject?

    1
  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #25

    GB
    some info
    “A real treasure-trove for culture-lovers, the city of Madrid abounds with theaters, libraries, sculptures, and nearly 40 museums, including the world-famous Museo Del Prado, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum. These three institutions are all located by one of the main boulevards of Madrid: The Paseo del Prado, the oldest urban garden in Madrid, earning the area the name of “The Golden Triangle of Art.” .”

    I’m fairly sure it was in the Prado when I saw it in the 1990’s
    As they are all cheek by jowl paintings move between the
    galleries at times.

    A bit of a pitiful attempt at a sneering put down
    but a familiar stench about it.
    Let me guess who you really are ?

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26

    I thought Jail telling us all Rafa had Ashley over a barrel was him setting some kind of trap for an unwitting poster, given very many of us have been saying it for at least 12 months.

    Remaining fixtures could see 15 points
    4 wins, Palace, Saints, Brighton, Fulham
    3 draws Arsenal, Liverpool, Leicester

    That would be a total of 50 points, maybe good to get us to 10th or above.

    2
  • posada

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27

    Mike Dean really is biased.
    Is it against us or is it Rafa he does not like.

    The back pass. Just looked at that rule. It must be any part of the foot, which it was.
    Has to be deliberate. That means the defender has to deliberately choose to play the ball with his foot. Not deliberately intended the pass to go to the goalie, just he chose to use his foot.

    Clearly he did. It was not fired at him from close range. It did not hit his foot or deflect off his foot.
    The keeper did not have to pick it up he could have kicked it clear.
    How do you ever know what the intention of a player is. You can only make reasonable assumptions from his actions.

    He chose to play the ball with his foot. Had to be. The keeper picked it up.
    Indirect free kick from the point where the goalie collects it. Unless it is in the 6 yard box when it is taken from the nearest point to the offence on the 6 yard line.

    What a complete arrogant knob.
    Jib that is.
    Mike Dean is even worse.

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  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Jib: I saw Guernica last year. I have no idea if it was ever in the Prado. I doubt it as the Riena Sofia seems to have paintings by more modern artists. But carry on googling. Who am I anyway, and does anybody care?

    3
  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #29

    I was in the Prado in the 90s as well and Guernica wasn’t there then. But carry on googling.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Ok RobLeenio,
    For fear of repeating what some bloggers have said previously I’ll just stick to making up random incorrect facts and formations.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #31

    I think when the free scoring and defensively solid Crystal Palace visit in May, our flat back six should nullify their medium tempo counter attacking game and the red hot form of Loftus Cheek won’t matter.

    5
  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Guernica was briefly at the Prado but has been at Riena Sofia since 1992. Was at MoMA in NYC before that. So, Jib. You were wrong.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #33

    I seen some canny paintings in Amsterdam once.

    2
  • geordietom

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #34

    just read the comments off last night re: women in football …

    wor lass like carltoon knows the offside rule inside out … she can talk football all day long … she watches every game when we are playing … she’s black and white through and through … infact shes got N.U.FC .tattooed in big bold letters on the small off her back …

    no game till the 1st of april gonna be fun and games on here till we play again …

    6
  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #35
  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #36

    It must have been early 90’s when I saw it
    Just confirmed it with the missus
    it was the next room after
    Hieronymus Bosch’s
    garden of earthly delights

    defo the Prado

    1
  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #37

    The fact Guernica was moved in 1992 means Jib was still wrong about it NOW being in The Prado. Google wasn’t around in 1992 so he must have missed it being moved.

    4
  • GS

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #38

    when did defo become a word?

    5
  • Optimistic Panda

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #39

    Funny game yesterday and the conditions could have turned the match into a nightmare, the ref also tried his best.

    I wish our service from set plays was better, it’s not only yesterday were we fail to beat the 1st man or make a poor choice in delivery, we’ve gone from being decent to being poor from the start of the season or last year.

    We’re having a flurry of worldie goals from all over, it feels like we haven’t had a contender for goal of the month for years and since Scharr’s 1st theres been a contender every game 🙂

    Two cracking goals again yesterday enjoy them

    2
  • Optimistic Panda

    Mar 17, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #40

    Jib is like a broken clock!

    Correct twice a day

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