The Relegation Battle: Five Weeks Left | Infographics

The Relegation Battle: Five Weeks Left | Infographics

With only weeks of football left, for the bottom five clubs in the Premier League it has all come down to this. Some have their hopes of survival hanging by a thread - and some slimmer than that - whilst others are looking up the table rather than down. Either way, it looks likely that three of Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Sunderland, Newcastle United and Aston Villa will go down, and they have six or fewer games in which to …
Rafa v Big Sam: A Titanic Relegation Clash

Rafa v Big Sam: A Titanic Relegation Clash

When Newcastle announced the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager, two things immediately sprung to mind. The first was that he was an incredible coup for Newcastle and the second was the impending Tyne-Wear derby would be Rafa against Sam Allardyce. It’s a true heavyweight clash that is a broadcasters dream because it’s between two managers who are big personalities with a personal animosity. But it’s more than a clash of personalities; it’s a clash of styles between Benitez and …
Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle's Season?

Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle's Season?

It isn't confirmed yet, but it is extremely likely that Rafa Benitez is going to take over from Steve McClaren as Newcastle manager in the coming days, with Sky and various other sources reporting as much. Although this appears a massive step down from Real Madrid and coaching some of the world's best players, it is believed that Benitez wants a long term project and would favour a Premier League job. Newcastle United are a sleeping giant and the room …
The Relegation Battle No One Wants To Escape?

The Relegation Battle No One Wants To Escape?

The Relegation Battle No One Wants To Escape?In a football season that threatens a pretty unprecedented and wide open title race by modern day standards, there is also drama unfolding at the bottom of the table. From what appears to be the supernova of a dying giant in the shape of Aston Villa to an ongoing game of leapfrog between Newcastle United, Norwich City and Sunderland to keep their head above the waterline and onwards to Swansea City and Bournemouth …
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

This weekend sees an interesting match up with two sides who have underperformed this season, coming head-to-head at Stamford Bridge. They are both in the bottom half, which will be a huge disappointment, especially for Chelsea, who are defending champions of the Premier League. All season, everybody has expected Chelsea to turn things around and start to climb the table, but that hasn't happened, not even after the managerial change. Meanwhile Newcastle have tried to fix their problems in a …
England's forgotten injured stars: Andy Carroll

England's forgotten injured stars: Andy Carroll

Within the space of two years, Andy Carroll went from being Newcastle United’s top goal-scorer to one of Liverpool’s biggest transfer flops in history. The £35m price tag planted on his head on the final day of the January transfer window was an audacious statement of risk by the Reds after the cashed in on Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea. It was a risk that never paid off and after a short, but impressive career in the Premier League with …
Scouse Showman Barkley Eases Everton's Blues

Scouse Showman Barkley Eases Everton's Blues

Just moments after Everton’s 3-0 win at home to lowly Newcastle United on Wednesday, Roberto Martinez was waxing lyrical about his star player Ross Barkley. The 36,000 fans who’d turned up at Goodison Park on a tired midweek evening will tell you that this wasn’t Barkley’s best performance in an Everton shirt, but despite this he still managed to be the outstanding player on the pitch in a match low on quality. He was often hesitant when it came to …
Could Shelvey Unlock Newcastle's Potential?

Could Shelvey Unlock Newcastle's Potential?

Whisper it quietly, but Newcastle looked like a really good side against West Ham on Saturday. Eyebrows were raised when they opted to pay £12m for Jonjo Shelvey, and as a Newcastle fan, I was uncertain about the transfer, but after seeing his influence on Saturday, it is easy to see why the club wanted him. Newcastle have been lacking a quality playmaker since Yohan Cabaye left the club and their central midfield was certainly their weakness in the opening …
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