Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: St James’ Park – Sunday, May 15 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Newcastle 16/5 – Draw 11/4 – Tottenham 4/5

Match Preview

Newcastle United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to St James’ Park on the final day of the Premier League season, a campaign which could have offered more for both of these sides, who find themselves at either end of the table.

The home supporters will be bitterly disappointed to have been relegated in midweek but will need to be behind their side for the last time in the Premier League for at least a season. They come into this one off the back of their 0-0 draw with fellow relegated side Aston Villa.

Newcastle have nothing to play for here but pride. They need to go out with a strong performance and are capable of doing so, having not lost in their last five. Form has been good but it has come a little too late.

This could be Rafa Benitez’s last game in charge of the club. He has made a positive impact but couldn’t quite steer Newcastle to safety. If the club can tempt him into staying on as manager they stand a great chance of coming straight back up next season.

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Tottenham come into this one off the back of their 2-1 home loss to Southampton, a game they were winning, which ended an eight-game unbeaten run and followed the disappointment of officially missing out on the league title a week earlier at Chelsea.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side need to avoid defeat here to secure a second place finish ahead of rivals Arsenal. Although Spurs have missed out on the title, it has been a very impressive season and there is plenty to be excited about for the Lilywhites.

Tottenham need to go out with a win here and look forward to next season. They have a lot to look forward to and can mount another challenge for the title next campaign if they play with the same intensity from start to finish.

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Newcastle actually beat Spurs at White Hart Lane in the reverse fixture, coming from behind to win 2-1 thanks to a 90th minute Ayoze Perez goal. However, Spurs have only lost one of their last five trips to Newcastle and will be confident of sealing at least a point.

Team News

Newcastle’s injury woes have overshadowed a gruelling campaign. Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara, Curtis Good, Rob Elliot and Fabricio Coloccini all remain injured as Rafa Benitez prepares to name the club’s final Premier League lineup for at least a season.

Tottenham have just one injury concern as Nabil Bentaleb remains out. Both Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli are suspended and won’t feature. Ryan Mason is expected to partner Eric Dier in midfield again, while Heung Min-Son will hope to keep his place ahead of Nacer Chadli in behind Harry Kane.

Key Points

Newcastle’s last five: W/D/D/W/D

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/D/D/L

Key Stat: Tottenham are unbeaten in 16 of their last 17 away matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Englishman has had a great season and will be battling with fellow countryman Jamie Vardy, as well as Sergio Aguero on the final day for the golden boot. Kane has 25 goals for the season and is ahead of Vardy by one.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Spurs to sign off with a win and give Newcastle United fans an all too familiar feeling with another loss this season. Both have endured contrasting seasons and the gulf in class is likely to be apparent here.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Everton 

Venue: St James’ Park – Saturday, December 26 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 EST)

Match Odds: Newcastle United 19/10 – Draw 5/2 – Everton 13/10

Match Preview 

Newcastle welcome Everton to St James’ Park on Boxing Day as they look to extend their unbeaten streak to four against an Everton side who haven’t won in four in the Premier League.

Having spent a lot of money in the summer on signings like Georginio Wijnaldum, Newcastle shouldn’t be fighting relegation. They currently lie just two points off the drop zone and despite an upturn in results over the past few weeks, more still needs to be done.

However, St James’ Park has always tended to be a tough place to visit and with three wins in their last six in the top flight, Newcastle have relieved some pressure.

Newcastle United’s Premier League Record: P17 – W4 – D5 – L8

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Steve McClaren is still under pressure though and the Newcastle fans expect a lot more at the club. A win on Boxing Day would be a huge result for the Magpies.

Everton have drawn their last three away from home and despite looking good in recent weeks, they’ve struggled to take the points they will feel they should have.

As a result, the trip to Newcastle looks a tough one and sealing three points will be tougher than it perhaps should be.

Their season is entirely dependent of the form of Romelu Lukaku who is chasing down Jamie Vardy’s incredible record of scoring in 11 straight games, as the Belgian currently stands on seven in a row.

Everton’s Premier League Record: P17 – W5 – D8 – L4

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They have stuttered of late but have the quality to challenge for Europe, as long as they can get key players back from injuries. But the same could be said for most top-half sides and Everton

The Toffees have won four of their last five meetings with Newcastle in the Premier League but did lose 3-2 in a thriller on December 28 last season.

Team News

Newcastle United will be without Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson, Jamaal Lascelles, Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere and Steven Taylor who are all out through injury. Aleksander Mitrovic will spearhead the attack in the absence of Cisse.

Everton have Steven Naismith and James McCarthy as doubts, while Tyias Browning, Bryan Oviedo, Phil Jagielka, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are all out with injuries.

Key Points

Newcastle United’s last five: L/L/W/W/D

Everton’s last five: W/D/D/D/L

Key Stat: Everton have won more points away from home than Newcastle have at home this season.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The powerful Belgian striker is starting to live up to the price tag for the Toffees and is becoming impossible to suppress. Expect him to cause Newcastle problems from the outset.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle United 1-2 Everton – Tough one to call as Newcastle have improved recently, but shutting out Everton is not an easy task. The most likely scenario will see goals, and we’re expecting a few of those.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Bournemouth vs Newcastle

Competition: Premier League – AFC Bournemouth vs. Newcastle United 

Venue: Vitality Stadium – Saturday, November 7 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Bournemouth 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – Newcastle United 11/5

Match Preview

AFC Bournemouth host fellow relegation candidates Newcastle United in Saturday’s early kickoff in the Premier League with both sides hoping to turn around a dismal run of form in what is a huge six-pointer.

With no win in five, Bournemouth will need to try and stop leaking so many goals as they have managed to concede twelve in their last three matches.

The promoted side had reason for optimism at the start of their campaign but following the injury to star striker Callum Wilson they have struggled with results. They must start picking up points at home to stand a chance of staying in the division.

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The home fans will be expecting a win against Newcastle this weekend and failure to do so would start to make things look very worrying on the south coast.

Bournemouth’s record in the Premier League: P11 – W2 – D2 – L7

Newcastle United have had a torrid start to the season and currently have the worst away record in the Premier League (P5 W0 D1 L4) and have only managed to score once in those five outings.

They have remarkably lost ten of their last 11 away from home and statistics like these won’t fill Magpies fans with any optimism going into the weekend.

They have only won once all season, showing just how bad this great club are doing, but will see a trip to Bournemouth as a game they need to win.

Newcastle’s record in the Premier League: P11 – W1 – D4 – L6

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This is certainly a six-pointer between two teams looking likely to battling relegation. It might only be November but the loser here will be in real trouble.

This will be the first meeting between Bournemouth and Newcastle since January 1992, when the two sides met in FA Cup, with Bournemouth advancing on penalties.

Team News

Bournemouth may be missing Steve Cook and Artur Boruc who both are doubtful. Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Callum Wilson are long-term absentees, while Tommy Elphick and Christian Atsu are both also expected to miss the clash.

Newcastle are without as many as twelve senior players, with Curtis Good, Emanuelle Riviere, Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Karl Darlow, Gabriel Obertan, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, Rob Elliot, Daryl Janmaat, Kevin Mbabu and Massadio Haidara all definitely out of the match with injury.

Key Points

Bournemouth’s last five: L/D/L/L/L

Newcastle’s last five: D/L/W/L/D

Key Stat: Newcastle have lost ten of their last eleven away games in the Premier League, failing to score in nine of those. 

Key Player: Matt Ritchie – The Scottish winger has more than a couple of tricks up his sleeve and his creative ability will present Newcastle with a huge task trying to contain him.

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Score Prediction

Bournemouth 3-1 Newcastle United – Both sides will see this as a chance to get some valuable points, but we see the home side edging it. The game should be open as both aren’t great defensively and goals look likely to fly in.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Chelsea

Venue: St James’ Park – Saturday, September 26 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Newcastle 4/1 – Draw 14/5 – Chelsea 8/13

Match Preview

Newcastle United host Chelsea this weekend in a fixture which has thrown out some surprising results in recent years.

Newcastle have had a poor start to the season, with new manager Steven McClaren struggling to impose his style of play on the Toon.

The Magpies are yet to win a Premier League game and find themselves sitting 19th and are only not propping up the table due to goal difference. Their season needs to pick up, and fast, if they’re to avoid another slog to stay clear of the relegation battle. Newcastle fans will be left disappointed once again after the investment made over the summer.

They come into the game off the back of last weekend’s 2-1 away loss against Watford and, to make things even worse than they could be, they were knocked out of the League Cup in midweek by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

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Chelsea’s struggles seem to be improving after their awful start to the defence of their Premier League crown. Mourinho’s men saw off nine-man Arsenal in last weekends controversial tie.

The Blues sit 15th in the league at the moment and need to go on a lengthy unbeaten, but more importantly winning, run if they are to make up the ground on Manchester City.

A win in this one would be a good result for Chelsea considering their recent form at St. James’ Park and Mourinho will be drilling his players that anything but three points is unacceptable.

Chelsea can send out a signal of intent if they are to find a big win this weekend, but they cannot afford to be complacent as it is a fixture which throws out unlikely results.

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Team News

Newcastle have 12 injuries, the highest total in the Premier League. But Steve McClaren could see a number of his players available for selection again for this game. Sylvain Marveaux, Daryl Janmatt, Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote could be in contention to feature. Papiss Cisse, Steven Taylor, Emmanuel Riviera, Paul Dummett and Massaido Haidara are all expect to miss out.

Chelsea are expected to be without just the three players, as Kenedy, Willian and Thibaut Courtios are unavailable. Diego Costa is banned following his actions last weekend against Arsenal so former Newcastle forward Loic Remy could start up top for the champions.

Key Points

Newcastle United’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/L/L/L

Chelsea’s last five in the Premier League: L/WL/L/W

Key Stat: Newcastle have won the last three meetings between the sides at St. James’ Park and have only lost one of the last five in this fixture at home.

Key Player: Eden Hazard – The Chelsea superstar needs to kick on from netting his first goal of the season last weekend against Arsenal and show why he is so highly regarded. He didn’t feature in Chelsea’s midweek win so he should be fresh.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea – A prediction which may surprise many but given Chelsea’s form against Newcastle away from home it would not be unheard of. Newcastle often manage to kick-start their season with a positive result in this fixture, anything is possible.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle United vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Arsenal 

Venue: St James’ Park – Saturday, August 29 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Newcastle 5/1 – Draw 3/1 – Arsenal 8/15

Match Preview

Newcastle United take on Arsenal this weekend as Steven McClaren’s side look for their first win of the new Premier League campaign.

The Magpies can feel a little unlucky with their start to the season, but are looking a far more settled club than in the 14/15 campaign and things are certainly on the up. Sitting 17th in the table doesn’t reflect their efforts so far.

They come into the game off the back of a 4-1 midweek win over League Two’s Northampton Town in the League Cup. Florian Thauvin was easily their best performer, being involved in all four goals including scoring one himself. He will be hoping that performance will have earned him a starting place for this one.

Last time out in the league Newcastle picked up a respectable point at Old Trafford against Manchester United, McClaren knows this game will be a test but will be eager for his players to continue working hard and find that first win of the season.

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Arsenal have had a slightly slow start to the season and come into this one off the back of Monday nights draw against Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger’s side are looking strong but could still be lacking another signing, with injury woes already this early on in the season Gunners fans will be praying it doesn’t hamper their title chances.

The North London side will feel confident going into the tie given their form against Newcastle in recent years, having won the last seven meetings between the sides in all competitions.

In those last seven meetings Arsenal have scored 20 against Newcastle, if that is anything to go by we could be in for a goal-fest this weekend.

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Team News

Newcastle could be without up to three first-team players through injury. Moussa Sissoko looks doubtful, while Emmanuel Riviere and Sylvain Marveaux are set to miss out.

Arsenal have five injury concerns. Centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker could miss out, so Wenger may well deploy the same back four which kept Liverpool out on Monday night. Jack Wilshere’s injury saga continues, while Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are also out.

Key Points

Newcastle United’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/D

Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/D

Key Stat: Newcastle have failed to win 13 of their last 14 Premier League games.

Key Player: Petr Cech –  Arsenal’s last-line of defence showed why he was such an important signing on Monday night with a spectacular performance, pulling off some world-class saves. If he is in that kind of form for this one Newcastle will find it very hard to put the ball passed him.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle United 0-2 Arsenal – Wenger’s side to prove too strong for Newcastle and continue their great run of form against the Toon Army.

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United £45m DONE DEAL, Liverpool star exit looming?

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MLS Rumours

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is still hoping for a move to Major League Soccer after turning down the chance to stay in Europe with FC Porto. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United‘s Angel Di Maria has reportedly agreed a deal in principle to leave the club for Paris Saint Germain in a £45 million deal. (REPORT)

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Manchester City are set to make a third bid for Liverpool‘s Raheem Sterling. City have already had two offers for the Englishman declined. (REPORT)

Arsenal‘s David Ospina is considering a move to Everton. The Colombian is uncertain of his future at the club since the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea. (REPORT)

Done Deals

Crystal Palace have announced the signing of former Newcastle United star Yohan Cabaye. The Paris Saint Germain man will join for a club record fee of £10 million. (REPORT)

Arsenal preparing move for £10m-rated former Newcastle star

Arsenal are weighing up another move for Paris Saint-Germain and former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, according to the Daily Mirror.

Cabaye has made 19 appearances for PSG this season, nine of which have come from the bench, and could be open to a move in the search of regular first team football.

Arsenal were unsuccessful in signing the French international twice during his time at Newcastle but  it looks like Arsene Wenger has a great chance of landing his man this summer.

It is reported that Arsenal could sign the 29 year old for as little as £10m and his wealth of Premier League experience would make him a steal for such a low fee.

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Arsenal appear to be lacking a quality holding midfielder and Cabaye could be a perfect addition to the side. Francis Coquelin has been excellent in midfield for the past few months but Cabaye offers something different.

The midfielder possesses the qualities to score goals and is renowned for his set piece speciality, and his wide range of passing from a deep midfield position could be something Arsene Wenger values highly.

Should Arsenal make a move for Yohan Cabaye this summer?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs Manchester United 

Venue: St James’ Park – Wednesday, March 4th – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Newcastle United: 3/1 – Draw: 5/2 – Manchester United: 19/20 

Match Preview

Newcastle United entertain Manchester United at St James’ Park tomorrow evening as both sides come into the game off the back of weekend victories.

The Toon Army are looking likely to finish the campaign in mid-table, unless they can dramatically step up their efforts for European football, whilst Manchester United are currently sitting fourth in what could be the tightest race for the top four in Premier League history.

Before the weekend Newcastle had been without a win in four games, but that win against Aston Villa will give them confidence. Manchester United are in good form and have lost just one in their last six league games.

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Louis Van Gaal has stuck to his guns for much of the season and United have been quietly going about their business but they will be in for a tight game at St James’ Park.

Despite Newcastle’s relatively poor season they have enjoyed victories over some of the better sides in the league, something Van Gaal will have warned his players to be aware of.

Newcastle United’s Premier League home record: Played 13 – Won 6 – Drawn 4 – Lost 3

John Carver recorded his first home victory at the weekend and he needs his side to push on to ensure they have a strong end to the campaign in order to rebuild for next season. Their home form hasn’t been too bad and is the main reason why they’re not finding themselves lower in the table and possibly in the relegation scrap.

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Papiss Cisse has been enjoying brilliant goalscoring form and he boasts the best goals per minute ratio in the league so far this season, with a goal every 84 minutes on average.

The Magpies had put together a run of four consecutive home wins earlier in the season and they will want a positive result against Manchester United tomorrow night, as their next two at home don’t get any easier as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur travel to Newcastle.

Manchester United’s Premier League away record: Played 13 – Won 3 – Drawn 7 – Lost 3

Louis Van Gaal’s side on the road have been a shadow of former Manchester United teams. The fear factor has possibly been eradicated but they have been picking up points, which is the main aim for their run in.

They have the worst away record of all the sides in the top seven and need to start picking up more points away from Old Trafford to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season.

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Having spent big last summer, a lot was expected of this United team, but they have taken a long time to gel. You would be mistaken for thinking they have been poor defensively, having only conceded 26 goals, making them the third best defensive unit in the league.

Draws away from home have been a bit of a problem for United as they have racked up seven so far but will want all three points on Wednesday night.

Team News

Newcastle United: Paul Dummett (knee), Remy Cabella (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee), Rob Elliot (hip), Rolando Aarons (thigh), Siem De Jong (lung) and Steven Taylor (calf) all remain on the sidelines and are unlikely to feature. Yoann Gouffran could return to the starting eleven having been replaced by Gabriel Obertan in the weekend’s victory over Aston Villa.

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Manchester United: Robin Van Persie (ankle) looks to be the only definite absentee as Louis Van Gaal has his squad in good shape. Phil Jones (illness) and Luke Shaw (hamstring) missed the win against Sunderland but should return to the squad here. United are likely to remain unchanged after their weekend win and Wayne Rooney will be hoping to maintain his preferred forward position having bagged two in that win on Saturday.

Key Points

Newcastle United’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/D/L/W

Manchester United’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: Goals – These sides have provided entertainment in their last two meetings, scoring eight between them, seven of which were scored by Manchester United.

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Key Player: Wayne Rooney – The England captain has endured a relatively difficult season so far and showed in the weekend’s 2-0 win against Sunderland just why people are calling for him to be playing further up the field with two goals.

Score Prediction

Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United – Louis Van Gaal’s side cannot afford to finish outside the top four this season and should be too strong for Newcastle on Wednesday.