Norwich v Newcastle Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Norwich v Newcastle Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Two sides, who had a weekend off after crashing out to Premier League rivals in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, face-off against each other this Tuesday as Norwich City host Newcastle United. Norwich are one of the 10 teams in the Premier League that are wary of relegation being a possibility this season. Erratic form has engulfed their season – a league win has often been followed with several defeats – and despite a massively important win against Hull …
Best Central Midfield Combination For Newcastle United? Stats Analysis

Best Central Midfield Combination For Newcastle United? Stats Analysis

With the increasing number of teams playing with formations that include a three man central midfield, whether it’d be 4-3-3, 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1 or even a false 9, it is near impossible to play the 4-4-2 formation, which served Newcastle well in the first part of the 2011/12 season.  During that season, an inform Tiote and Cabaye built a formidable partnership and were able to control games against other teams who played two in central midfield, for example our away game …
His name is Jonas! | Jonas Gutierrez Stats Analysis

His name is Jonas! | Jonas Gutierrez Stats Analysis

I have seen Jonas Gutierrez play, both in the flesh and on television, on a number of occasions and I have audibly sung my appreciation of his services to my beloved Newcastle United with great pride and sentiment. I must confess though, I’m still not really sure what he actually does… I can tell you that he plays on the left on the majority of occasions, but I have seen him utilized in a more defensive central role at times …
Newcastle 3 Chelsea 2 | Match & Stats Report

Newcastle 3 Chelsea 2 | Match & Stats Report

Newcastle's put away three great goals in one of the most entertaining matches of the year. In terms of spectacle, there was little that this match lacked. All five goals scored were of high quality, and there could have been several more for either team. No doubt the frustrated Blues fans will find more sources of frustration in this match, but Newcastle played well for their part. The man on the lips of Newcastle and Chelsea fans alike will be …
The transformation of Jonas Gutierrez | Stats Analysis

The transformation of Jonas Gutierrez | Stats Analysis

On purchasing ‘flying’ Argentinian winger ‘Jonas’ from Real Mallorca in 2008, manager-at-the-time Kevin Keegan was quoted as saying: [quote] “He’s an exciting player and I’m sure our fans will love watching him... He has got it in him to be thought of every bit as much as David Ginola, definitely!”[/quote] Keegan signed Gutierrez with his typically attacking-minded tactics in place, expecting the wide man to get ‘bums off seats’ and give Newcastle the balance and forward threat they had craved for …
Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 | Stats Analysis: What did we learn?

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 | Stats Analysis: What did we learn?

Reality check time at Stamford Bridge as Newcastle were cut open by the craft of Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres in a 2-0 defeat on Sunday. But, Newcastle gave a super account of themselves and the disappointment of the club and fans at losing to one of England & Europe’s top sides really highlights the strides Newcastle United have made in recent years. Chelsea were worthy winners in the end, but there were plenty of positives to take away. What …
Players that will Stay Up When Their Team's Gone Down | Opta Stats

Players that will Stay Up When Their Team's Gone Down | Opta Stats

Inevitably there are those players who, despite seeing their team drop down to the Championship, will find themselves playing in the Premier League next season. For some, it is a matter of financials as their old club needs the proceeds to offset the loss of revenue. For others it is that their skill simply can not be ignored and another club will come in with an offer to tempt them back to the top flight. Here we'll look at three …
Jonas Gutierrez - Newcastle's new marmite?

Jonas Gutierrez - Newcastle's new marmite?

“He’s an exciting player and I’m sure our fans will enjoy watching him!” That was the verdict of Kevin Keegan on signing Jonas Gutierrez for Newcastle from Real Mallorca back in July 2008. And, it’s fair to say, the Argentine hasn’t disappointed. He possesses amazing skill and has that drive and flair to evade even the toughest of full backs. He also has an excellent understanding of defending principles and matched with his hard work and endeavour, Jonas would be …
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