Newcastle United vs West Ham United predictions and betting tips

Newcastle and West Ham are both in desperate need of points ahead of their league clash at St James’ Park on Saturday. Both sides are yet to register a point this season and find themselves at the bottom of the table. The Magpies are yet to score a goal this season and have lost their opening two fixtures to Tottenham and Huddersfield respectively. There is a sense of crisis developing at the club right now, and another defeat on Saturday could make matters worse for manager Rafa Benitez. The Hammers…

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Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United predictions and betting tips

Two promoted sides will go head-to-head as Huddersfield Town host Newcastle United at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Following their emphatic 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on the opening weekend, the Terriers must be feeling confident ahead of their first home game in Premier League. However, manager Chris Hughton would need to make sure that this confidence doesn’t turn into complacency, something which Magpies winger Matt Richie touched upon in his interview prior to the game. The Magpies didn’t really enjoy the same fortune as they lost 2-0…

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Championship season review – Ipswich, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich

Ipswich Town: 16th There is a very strong argument to suggest that Ipswich have overachieved during Mick McCarthy’s reign as manager, which has lasted since October 2012. Despite a continued lack of investment from the top, play-off challenges had been mounted in each of the previous three seasons, in which a very workmanlike squad probably achieved more than the sum of its parts. Therefore, as few changes were made to the playing staff once again over the summer of 2016, it was reasonable to assume that standards could slip, and there…

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Did Tottenham really pay £30m for Moussa Sissoko? [Tweets]

Tottenham signed Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United for £30m in one of the biggest transfers on the deadline day. The France international’s move to White Hart Lane raised a lot of eyebrows as he has a reputation for being highly inconsistent and the amount Spurs paid for him seemed a bit too much even in the current transfer market. The 27-year-old was handed his debut start by manager Mauricio Pochettino against Sunderland today. Even though Spurs managed a 1-0 win against the Black Cats, Sissoko cut out a disappointing figure…

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Promising Championship season kicks-off

Two Champions League-winning managers plying their trades in the second tier of any football league is unprecedented. However, this will be the reality for the Championship this season as Newcastle United and Aston Villa will be managed by Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo respectively. Everyone football fan is buzzed about the competitiveness of the Premier League, but the Championship promises to be equally competitive and boosts some big names in football management this season. Leeds United have appointed former Swansea City manager Gary Monk as their new manager while Reading have…

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Real Madrid to sign Newcastle player, former Arsenal target to depart to France

Real Madrid are ready to loan out players to Newcastle United in exchange for Moussa Sissoko, according to the Guardian. Los Blancos are keen on signing the France international, who is valued at £35 million by the Magpies, this summer. Real, who have turned attention to Sissoko after missing out on his compatriot Paul Pogba, are prepared to send youngsters Mariano Diaz and Marcos Llorente on season-long loans in the opposite direction. The Magpies, currently managed by former Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez, have already signed Mo Diame, who could…

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Wijnaldum set to strengthen Liverpool’s attacking options

Liverpool have continued their summer spending spree by signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £25m, in a move which further strengthens the club’s attacking options. Wijnaldum’s debut Premier League season During his first season in the Premier League with Newcastle, whom he joined from PSV Eindhoven for a reported £14.5m last July, Wijnaldum scored 11 goals, including one on his debut against Southampton and four in a 6-2 win over Norwich in mid-October. Whilst initially Wijnaldum played on the left wing for Newcastle, midway through last season he was redeployed…

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Dortmund interested in signing Premier League duo

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing both Moussa Sissoko and Xherdan Shaqiri from Newcastle United and Stoke City respectively. Sissoko’s future destination unknown After performing brilliantly during the knock-out stages of the European Championship’s for France, Sissoko is believed to be a transfer target for both Juventus and Manchester United, as recently reported on Le 10 Sport. There is understood to be a direct correlation between the two team’s interests in Sissoko, in the sense that they are both connected to Paul Pogba’s potential transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.…

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Tottenham primed to lose out on Bayern star, Spurs need high bid to land Newcastle midfielder

Borussia Dortmund have agreed a five-year deal with Wolfsburg midfielder Andre Schurrle and are stepping up their interest in Tottenham target Mario Gotze over a return to the club, according to a report by German outlet Kicker (via SB Nation). The Germany international, who played at Euro 2016 for his country, left Dortmund three seasons ago for big rivals Bayern Munich in a £30.8 million deal. However, his time with the Bundesliga champions has been riddled with injury and a lack of playing time, making him a prime transfer target this…

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Newcastle to demand staggering fee for Euro 2016 star

Newcastle have told potentoal suitors will have to come up with a staggering £35 million offer if they are to lure Euro 2016 star Moussa Sissoko away from St James’ Park, according to a report by talkSPORT. The Toon midfielder has gone on holiday after France’s 1-0 loss to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final but will return to the Magpies later this month. Newcastle’s preference is to hold on to Sissoko, as Andros Townsend has already left after Crystal Palace activated the £13 million escape clause in his contract. Therefore,…

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Southampton striker joins Papiss Cisse in China

Papiss Cisse has left Newcastle United to join Shandong Luneng, with the Chinese Super League side also signing Southamption striker Graziano Pelle, according to the Saints’ website. Cisse completes Chinese switch The Senegalese international striker appeared 131 times for Newcastle, scoring 44 goals, 13 of which arrived in his first 14 matches with the club, after he joined them from Freiburg midway through the 2011-2012 season. In the following four seasons which Cisse spent with Newcastle he struggled to score regularly and was on occasion guilty of ill-discipline, with the biggest…

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Gayle and Townsend trade the colour of their stripes

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace on a five year contract, with the Magpies winger Andros Townsend moving in the opposite direction in a different deal. After joining Palace from Peterborough for £6m in July 2013, Gayle scored 26 goals in 74 games for the South London club. However the 25-year-old endured a frustrating 2015-16 season as he was only used sparingly by manager Alan Pardew, whereby Gayle started only 10 games and made the same number of substitute appearances. Nevertheless he still scored…

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Relegated trio progress preparations for Championship challenge

Following their relegation from the Premier League last season, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City are continuing preparations for a challenging season in the Championship. Whilst both Newcastle and Norwich have previous experience of playing in the division, Aston Villa do not and are set to compete outside the top flight of English football for the first time since 1987. Less lucrative life in the Championship The financial implications of doing so are quite severe due to the Premier League’s new £5 billion TV deal for the 2016-17 season,…

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Newcastle land goalkeeper from Champions League sensation

Newcastle United are on the verge of signing goalkeeper Matz Sels from Belgian side KAA Gent, according a report by Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. The 24-year-old is reportedly set to undergo his medical tests at the club before signing a five-year contract with the Magpies. The transfer fee Newcastle will be paying is currently unknown, but it is said Gent rate their goalkeeper at £5 million. The Belgian side surprised the football world with a stellar run in the Champions League last season. They were able to qualify for the…

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Chelsea and Liverpool in links with Newcastle United star

Midfielder Moussa Sissoko is one of the high-profile players expected to leave the relegated Newcastle United in the summer. The France international recently stated his desire to play for Arsenal but seems like it’s another London club that is interested in the 26-year-old. French publication L’Equipe has claimed that Chelsea and Liverpool have made enquiries about the player. However, Bundesliga club Hamburg are currently leading the race to sign the player, who is currently representing the France national squad in Euro Cup. The report claims that the German club have already placed…

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Premier League Season Review – Newcastle United

Newcastle United: 18th (relegated) FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Three A worrying slide down the table that almost resulted in relegation in 2015 tested the patience of Newcastle supporters. They had long since grown tired about the club’s apparent lack of ambition and its policy of seemingly prioritising profits over success on the pitch. Merely staying in the top-flight appeared to be the only significant aim of those at the top, but the squad had been allowed to fall into disrepair and as such even that modest…

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Newcastle vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

It promises to be a sombre atmosphere at St. James’ Park on Sunday as after suffering the ultimate kick in the teeth in being sent down by their biggest rivals, take on a Tottenham team that needs just a point to sure of second place. This has been a truly punishing season for the Tyneside club, who are now having to count the full cost of its lack of direction and poor decision making at the top. Progression up the table and ambitions to win that elusive piece of silverware…

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Aston Villa vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Rafael Benitez has successfully lifted Newcastle United out of the bottom three, but in order to stay one step ahead of their rivals they must emerge with maximum points from a visit to already relegated Aston Villa. It will be somewhat bizarre to witness second tier football being played at Villa Park next season, with this being the final Premier League game to be hosted there for the foreseeable future. It is likely to be another sad occasion tinged with considerable sarcasm, with supporters greeting every shot mustered by their…

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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United are growing in confidence as they continue their battling attempts to avoid dropping into the second tier, and they can give their chances a significant boost by getting the better of FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace. Just one point now separates the Magpies from the safety line and indications are that they are very much in with a chance of hauling themselves out of the mess they have been in for the majority of the season. A marvellous comeback from two goals down at Liverpool shows just how much…

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Liverpool vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United can move out of the relegation zone for 24 hours at least if Rafael Benitez can mastermind a victory away to his former club Liverpool, who are finishing the season exceptionally strongly. If the dramatic Europa League victory over Borussia Dortmund was not enough, Liverpool supporters were given even more to savour as they breezed to a 4-0 success in what has to be one of, if not the most one-sided match in Merseyside derby history. The second half of that match was spent simply toying with Everton…

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Newcastle vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United have renewed hope in their battle to avoid relegation to the Championship, and they can wipe out the three-point gap to the safety line by producing a big performance to get the better of in-form Manchester City. There was a last something for the masses to cheer about at St. James’ Park on Saturday as Newcastle hit three goals without reply to brush aside Swansea City, a game where they played with a much greater degree of intensity, and more importantly quality in the final third. Such a…

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Newcastle vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Six games remain for Newcastle United to make an unlikely escape from relegation, and the first sees them take on a Swansea City side to whom they have lost in six of their last seven Premier League meetings. Performances such as the one which saw them surrender at Southampton last weekend are only serving to reinforce the feeling that Newcastle will be losing their top-flight status at the end of the season, and with a bit of a whimper. Half-hearted and lightweight defending contributed to the concession of three goals,…

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Southampton vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United desperately need a win as they strive to gain the points that will propel them to Premier League survival, but there is still plenty at stake for opponents Southampton, who still have Europe in their sights. It was a frustrating afternoon for the Saints last time out as they had a lot of good possession and territory upon their visit to leaders Leicester City, but came away with nothing as the odd good chance was missed and two optimistic penalty claims fell on deaf ears, leaving manager Ronald…

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Norwich vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

A truly critical clash in the context of the battle to avoid relegation to the Championship sees Norwich City entertain Newcastle United at Carrow Road, with the hosts holding a three-point lead over their opponents. That advantage is thanks to a terrific victory at West Bromwich Albion last time out, where they finally achieved their first clean sheet of the season on their travels with the help of a resolute and disciplined display which saw goalkeeper John Ruddy ably protected by those in front of him. It was a cagey…

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Newcastle vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Once again, Premier League survival is at stake for bitter rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland as they meet in a massive Tyne-Wear derby that could go a long way towards deciding which of them will be relegated this season. The hosts will be looking to give the Black Cats a taste of their own medicine as they strive to end an ignominious six-match losing streak in this fixture home and away. The last four Sunderland managers including current incumbent Sam Allardyce have all won their second games in charge, which…

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