The news that Rafael Benitez was leaving St James’ Park was bad enough but his replacement, Steve Bruce, has been met with a mixture of disappointment and bewilderment.
Bruce has at least been able to spend big on a new striker but the Newcastle fans are pessimistic. A poor run of defeats will quickly see the atmosphere turn sour on Tyneside and see those pre-season worries turn into a reality.
Newcastle Premier League Betting Odds
It’s been a very long time since Newcastle were involved in the action towards the top of the Premier League table. There was a very strong feeling that it was only the brilliance of Benitez as a manager that kept them out of trouble towards the bottom of the table during his time in charge and punters will find the 21/10 you can get on Newcastle being relegated much more tempting than the 1000/1 that 888Sport are quoting on them winning the Premier League.
Newcastle Outright Betting Odds
In their pomp, Newcastle were the sort of team that would regularly be tipped to win one of the domestic cup competitions. FA Cup or League Cup glory looks a long way beyond this current team’s capabilities unfortunately.
Newcastle Team Info & Stats
Newcastle Tips and Predictions
This really could be a very tough season for Newcastle. As a boyhood Newcastle fan, Steve Bruce will do everything in his power to make sure they confound the rather negative pre-season expectations of them. Whether he and his squad have what it takes to have a successful campaign remains the be seen.
Indeed, it’s not clear what would constitute success. The Toon Army obviously want more from their team than just avoiding the drop but that appears the limit of Mike Ashley’s ambition for the club. The relegation battle will be fierce and we think Newcastle may just slip out of the Premier League at 21/10.
Newcastle Team Leaderboard Stats
Check who are the top leading players for the leading categories on the Premier League for Newcastle, just click on the ‘Goals’, ‘Assists’ and ‘Cards’ tabs to see the top players for each category.
Below is Newcastle’s transfer dealings this summer
|Emil Krafth||SC Amiens||£5m|
|Jetro Willems||Eintracht Frankfurt||Loan|
|Andy Carroll||West Ham||Free Transfer|
|Mohamed Diame||Al Ahli||Free Transfer|
Newcastle Current Squad
|Martin Dubravka (goalkeeper)||30||Slovakia||£6m|
|Karl Darlow (goalkeeper)||28||English||£3m|
|Rob Elliot (goalkeeper)||33||Irish||£900k|
|Freddie Woodman (goalkeeper)||22||English||£450k|
|Jamaal Lascelles (defender)||25||English||£13.5m|
|Fabian Schar (defender)||27||Swiss||£7m|
|Florian Lejeune (defender)||28||French||£7m|
|Federico Fernandez (defender)||30||Argentina||£6m|
|Ciaran Clark (defender)||29||Irish||£5.5m|
|Paul Dummett (defender)||27||Welsh||£4.5m|
|Achraf Lazaar (defender)||27||Moroccan||£900k|
|DeAndre Yedlin (defender)||26||American||£7m|
|Javier Manquillo (defender)||25||Spanish||£4.5m|
|Isaac Hayden (midfielder)||24||English||£7m|
|Sun-yong Ki (midfielder)||30||Korean||£5.5m|
|Jack Colback (midfielder)||29||English||£3m|
|Jonjo Shelvey (midfielder)||27||English||£13.5m|
|Sean Longstaff (midfielder)||21||English||£6m|
|Matt Ritchie (midfielder)||29||Scottish||£11m|
|Miguel Almiron (midfielder)||25||Paraguyan||£18m|
|Henri Saivet (midfielder)||28||Senegalese||£900k|
|Christian Atsu (forward)||27||Ghanaian||£5m|
|Rolando Aarons (forward)||23||English||£450k|
|Jacob Murphy (forward)||24||English||£5m|
|Dwight Gayle (forward)||28||English||£13.5m|
|Yoshinori Muto (forward)||27||Japanese||£8m|
Newcastle United Honours & Records:
Premier League/First Division: 4
Champions League/European Cup: 0
Europa League/UEFA Cup: 0
FA Cup: 6
League Cup: 0
Most Appearances: Jimmy Lawrence – 496
Highest Goalscorer: Alan Shearer – 206