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MATCH PREVIEW – Wycombe Wanderers vs Sunderland AFC: Adams Park set for top four clash as Black Cats can move top with win



Sunderland travel to Adams Park knowing a win would take them into top spot...

Sunderland face a tough away trip to fourth placed Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday afternoon and know that a win could see them start the new year by moving to the top of League One.

Johnson’s side demolished the Owls 5-0 last time out and will be looking to start 2022 in a similar fashion with a win over promotion rivals Wycombe.

Ross Stewart followed his impressive performance against Doncaster with a man-of-the-match showing at the Stadium of Light where he netted a hat-trick. The Black Cats are on a nine-game unbeaten league run and have scored eight goals in their previous two games whilst keeping clean sheets on both occasions – ending 2021 in great style.

These results show the free-scoring nature of the side who struggled to find their feet at the start of the season. However, Johnson has moved to a more front-foot, direct and attacking approach in which key attacking players such as Stewart and Alex Pritchard are thriving.

Sunderland are one of the most in-form sides in English football and know a win could see them leapfrog Rotherham who sit a point ahead in first. The Millers face a difficult battle with Championship side QPR in the FA Cup on Saturday and could drop to second if the Wearisders claim all three points against The Chairboys.

The Black Cats travel south to Buckinghamshire, where they face a side they beat 3-1 when the teams met in the North-East last August, with Stewart striking twice on that occasion. Against a rising tide of illness and injuries in the camp, Sunderland would gladly take a repeat result on Saturday.

The team from Wearside have a kind run of away games ahead and will be keen to get off to the perfect start in the early game tomorrow, 12:30pm kick-off.

Before visiting title rivals Wigan at the end of February, home games against Portsmouth and MK Dons will likely provide the sternest tests. Their superb form at the Stadium of Light means Johnson can be confident of consolidating his side’s position in the coming weeks. Sunderland push for promotion to the Championship after three long years in the third tier.

Following a blip in November, when they lost four of their first five fixtures, the Chairboys have since climbed up the standings and are in contention for an immediate return to the Championship after their demotion last year.

Winning games against their key rivals such as Sunderland, though, could prove the difference between success and failure in their quest for promotion straight back to the second tier. A win on Saturday could take them up to third and within a point of their opponents, and make it back-to-back wins in League One.


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  • Wycombe have only lost two of their last 13 league games at Adams Park (W10 D1), while only failing to score in one of the 13 fixtures in this run (0-1 v Portsmouth in November 2021).
  • After losing three consecutive games in League One between October and November, Sunderland are now looking to go 10 consecutive league games without defeat (currently W6 D3).
  • Sunderland have won each of their last two Football League games against Wycombe, but have never beaten the Chairboys on the road in the Football League, losing on their last visit there in October 2019 (1-0).


A number of players have been ruled out with the virus, as on-loan defender Frederik Alves joined Aiden O’Brien, Ellis Taylor, and injury absentees Luke O’Nien and Jordan Willis on the sidelines this week.

Lee Johnson, then, will be nervously waiting for some to test negative so that they can return to first-team action by Saturday, as his squad was already depleted due to injuries and could drop below the 14-man minimum required.

Carl Winchester – who has missed the last two games with a calf problem – is hopeful that he will be fit to feature if needed, but Everton loanee Nathan Broadhead is out with a hamstring injury until spring, so in-form Ross Stewart continues to lead the line up front.

Lee Johnson may throw new signing Trai Hume straight into the starting XI when Sunderland face Wycombe and the 19-year-old could potentially replace Dajaku, who is playing out of position at full-back.

Gareth Ainsworth, who is back in the camp after missing two games through COVID isolation, will be hoping that his side can replicate their recent 1-0 success away at Charlton in order to keep up the pressure at the top of a hotly contested League One.

Sullay Kaikai is unavailable, having left for Cameroon, where he will represent Sierra Leone at the Africa Cup of Nations. Ainsworth can call upon Jack Grimmer, who made a return to the team at Charlton and should play on Saturday, while Ryan Tafazolli remains a doubt.

Young defender Chris Forino-Joseph will be a starter once again for the Chairboys’ as he has in last two matches and has showed impressive form since his introduction into the starting eleven.


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Fantasy Premier League: Newcastle’s top players prices revealed



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Fantasy Premier League have revealed the prices for eleven of Newcastle’s top players next season. 

With the 2022/23 Premier League season fast approaching, clubs have been revealing their Fantasy Premier League prices.

There are some promising bargains among the Magpies’ ranks. Newcaslte’s 2021/22 top FPL point scorer Allan Saint-Maximin will remain just £6.5m. He has been reclassified from midfield to attack, and so players may find it harder to make space for him with more limited forward positions.

Newcastle’s most expensive player will be Callum Wilson. Last season’s top scorer will be worth £7.5m in the game. Users will hope that if he can avoid last season’s injury woes he will be guaranteed big points.

Midfielder Bruno Guimarães has increased in price to £6m. The Brazilian was listed at a meagre £5m on his arrival in January, but his form since then has earned him a higher price tag. With five goals and an assist in just seventeen Premier League appearances last season he will still be a tempting proposition.

Fellow January arrival Kieran Trippier will be valued at £5m. He only managed six appearances for Newcastle last season but scored two goals from free kicks in that spell. As a set-piece taking defender, Trippier has the potential to make significant point contributions from the back.

New keeper Nick Pope will look promising at £5m after proving his abilities with Burnley. He may be sharing game-time with Martin Dúbravka, which could see his points total limited. Other Magpies players not guaranteed minutes include Joe Willock (£5m), Fabian Schar (£4.5m) and Chris Wood (£6m).

Fans will also hope that more talent is set to arrive at St James’ Park before the start of next season, with plenty of time left in the transfer window.

Elsewhere, other top players have had their prices revealed. At present, players from fifteen clubs have been announced.

Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamad Salah are the most expensive players listed so far. Both come in at the high price of £12m, but are bound to prove popular with users nonetheless.

Erling Haaland is next highest priced, at £11.5m for Man City’s new striker. Cristiano Ronaldo, if he remains at Old Trafford, will be worth £10.5m. The Portuguese striker started last season at a record cost of £12.5m. Despite the drop in price, he was last season’s second highest scoring attacker at 159 points.

The Premier League season kicks off on 5th August with Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, with Newcastle facing newly promoted Nottingham Forest on Saturday 6th.

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Eddie Howe’s pre-season: Opposition, Venues and more.



Pre-season is vital when it comes to preparing for a new season for all football clubs around the world. It is a time where you can test different tactics, experiment with young and new players and overall get a sense of where your squad is at before the start of the new season.

For Newcastle, they have plenty of games to test the waters and give new signings like Nick Pope and Sven Botman time to get up to scratch before the start of the new Premier League season.

First, they play Gateshead in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Newcastle United Training Centre on Saturday, 9th July. Gateshead are managed by former Magpies defender Mike Williamson and their side have just been promoted to the National League after winning the National League North.

Eddie Howe’s side will then travel to Austria for a week-long training camp where they will play two games.

The first opposition is TSV 1860 Munich who currently play in the third tier of German football, 3. Liga. The match will take place on Friday, 15th July and will be played at the SaalfeldenArena Burgerau, kick-off is set for 6 pm local time. The former champions of Germany have had success in the past when they finished as runners-up in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1964/65 season. The Toon met with this side in the UEFA Intertoto Cup back in 2001, Newcastle won 6-3 on aggregate across the two legs. One of Munich’s best players, Marcel Bar, scored 21 goals in 37 appearances last season.

Then, Newcastle play Mainz on Monday, 18th July in what will be their third pre-season fixture. The match will be played at the 4,500-capacity Kufstein Arena and will kick-off at 5 pm local time. Mainz, currently managed by Bo Svensson, finished 8th in the Bundesliga last season. The last time the two sides met was in a pre-season game back in the summer of 2017, Mainz came out on top winning 2-1. Some of their best players include Jonathan Burkardt who managed to bag himself 11 goals and 3 assists last season as well as Moussa Niakhate who scored 8 goals and assisted 5 times.

The Toon then have eight days to prepare for their next pre-season fixture as they travel to Portugal to play Benfica at the Estadio da Luiz for the Eusebio Cup. The match will take place on Tuesday, 26th July and will kick-off at 8 pm local time. Benfica finished third in the Portugal Liga Nos last season. It’s been 9 years since the sides last met in the Europa League quarter-finals when Papiss Cisse’s goal in the second leg wasn’t enough and the Magpies exited the competition losing 4-2 on aggregate. Benfica were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Liverpool last season and some of their best players include Rafa Silva who came out with 23 goal contributions last season and Alex Grimaldo who scored 5 and assisted 5 from left-back last season.

To finish pre-season the Toon then face a double-header at St James’ Park. The first game played on Friday, 29th July will be against Atalanta. It is expected that Howe will split his first-team squad across the two fixtures and play two completely different teams. Atalanta finished 8th in Serie A last season and exited the Europa League quarter-finals following a 3-1 aggregate defeat to RB Leipzig. Mario Pasalic is one of their best players and had a very successful 2021/22 season which saw him earn 20 goal contributions from centre midfield in the league. The match will kick-off at 7:45 pm in St James’ Park

Newcastle will then face Spanish side Athletic Bilbao, just a week before the first game of the Premier League season against Nottingham Forest to finish their pre-season. Bilbao finished 8th in La Liga last season and were close to cup success, following a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final. Inaki Williams who hasn’t missed a single game for the Spanish side in over six years is a threat up-front and captain Iker Muniain will also be a danger for the Toon following last season where he managed 10 assists and 4 goals.

Ticket information for these games are to be confirmed soon.

So what do you think of the pre-season fixtures and how many wins will Eddie Howe’s side manage in what promises to be an exciting season ahead.

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Transfer update: NUFC looking at Bayern and Leeds forwards and defensive departures



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After confirming the signing of defender Sven Botman, and long-term target Hugo Ekitike off the table, Newcastle are set to look elsewhere in the transfer market.

The signing of Reims forward Hugo Ekitke is now in doubt. Reports are that the players’ agent, Karl Mwalako Buchmann, has brought discussions to a standstill. Newcastle were close to completing a move for the young winger in January and again this summer. 

With these two long running sagas appearing over, Eddie Howe and Dan Ashworth will work on other transfers.

Securing Matt Targett, Nick Pope and Sven Botman marks a positive transfer window already for the Magpies, but their search for attacking reinforcements will continue.

According to The Chronicle, Eddie Howe wants a winger and a striker to compete with Callum Wilson next season.

One attacker Newcastle have been linked with is Leeds’ Jack Harrison. The club are reported to have enquired about Harrison. The talented 25-year old would seem a good fit in the Newcastle squad, and fit with the attractive stlye of football Eddie Howe has his side playing. 

Per the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Newcastle are keen on Harrison but have a limited budget remaining.

With Leeds forward Raphinha looking set to leave Elland Road for Chelsea, it could take a lot for Newcastle to persuade Leeds to depart with another winger. 

Reports from Belgium have suggested Newcastle are competing to sign striker Joshua Zirkzee from Bayern Munich. The Dutchman spent last season on a successful loan spell at Anderlecht. The 21-year old has also drawn interest from Ajax.

Zirkzee scored 16 and made 9 assists in 38 appearances for the Belgian side during his loan spell last season.

In terms of departures, the arrival of Sven Botman could make way for Jamaal Lascelles to leave. The captain has long been linked with a return to Nottingham Forest. 

Lascelles’ inclusion in marketing for Newcastle’s new third kit has been seen as a sign that the club are unwilling to part with the player. As an experienced player he could provide continuity in Newcastle’s new-look back four. It remains to be seen whether he would be content to play second fiddle to players like Botman, or move in search of more game time.

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