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Opinion: How Newcastle should line-up against Burnley to get their first win of the season



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Newcastle remain winless and sit rock bottom of the Premier League ahead of the clash with the Clarets on Saturday afternoon at St James’ Park.

After fourteen games, the Magpies can have little complaints over their woeful start but have experienced improvement under new manager, Eddie Howe.

Attacking wise, the home side have a respectable goalscoring record but their second-rate defending has meant they’ve conceded more than any other team in the league – the current tally sits at 30.

Following their disappointing draw with the Canaries on Tuesday evening, in which Clark saw red just eight minutes in, Newcastle are still seeking a first win and must take the three points come 3pm if they are to retain their Premier League status.

There’s been several questions surrounding team selection ahead of the must-win clash and who should make the starting eleven has divided opinion. Much of the debate has been regarding who should be part of the back four.



Eddie Howe has already made it clear that his preferred formation is 4-4-2 and things were looking promising in the opening stages against the Canaries until Clark stupidly pulled down Teemu Puki following a shocking display of defending.

Jamal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie return to the match-day squad after serving their one-match suspensions in the game in North-London last weekend but won’t be certain of a place in the starting eleven.

Howe made positive comments towards Lascelles in today’s press conference:

“He’s a hugely important player because he has physicality and pace in our back line and they’re qualities we need. I really like Jamaal and I think there’s a lot more to come from him. I think we can take his game to new heights.”

Federico Fernandez is the other candidate to replace Clark at centre-back and after his introduction eight minutes into the Canaries clash, he seems to be the favourite to take the spot. Many fans feel he is Newcastle’s best defensive option and has been unlucky to not feature more this campaign. Howe has also made positive comments about Fede ahead of Saturday’s game at SJP:

“I thought he was outstanding. A model professional who prepared well, trained well and was ready for his moment when it came. I really love him as a person and he’s going to be invaluable. His leadership qualities are there for all to see.”

The introduction of Jamal Lewis at full-back seemed to have an instant impact last time out as the Northern-Ireland international made a couple of important blocks to deny the Norwich attack. He also gives the Magpies extra support going forward. For this, he should definitely retain his position in the starting line-up.

Javi Manquillo started on the opposite side of the defence as Ritchie missed out and played his part in the well-fought draw. The Spaniard has been involved in three goals this season, assisting 2 and scoring away at Old Trafford. He also provides more stability than his Scottish teammate.

However, Ritchie’s passion and experience under Howe may be enough to see him get back into the squad from the Kick-Off. The ex-Bournemouth man is above the top ten most creative full-backs in the league and has provided numerous opportunities for the front men.

Fabian Schar is likely to retain his place given his ball-playing abilities and the style of football new manager Howe likes to play. The move to a four at the back has given the Magpies more attacking impetus and has proven positive in improving performances all over the pitch. Hopefully the lads can get the win on Saturday, end the streak and give the club a much-needed boost.

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka returned to the starting eleven against Arsenal and has made some important stops in the previous two games. However, his inability to catch a deep cross in midweek cost the team their lead – the Slovakian will be looking to put that mistake behind him come 3pm on Saturday.

Here is how Newcastle should set up at the back tomorrow afternoon:


Howe played four across the midfield on Tuesday evening and is likely to follow suit against the Clarets at SJP. The new boss has favoured ex-Bournemouth man Ryan Fraser on the right and despite being sacrificed after Clark saw red, the Scottish international seems set to get another start. He created the equaliser against Brentford a few weeks ago and helped his side to a point following the 3-3 scoreline.

Fraser experienced some fine form under Howe in his time at the Cherries but is yet to deliver anything like that level of performance on Tyneside. For that reason, my preference would be a deeper midfield two of Isaac Hayden in a holding role with Jonjo Shelvey as a playmaker in-front of the back four.

The ex-Liverpool and Swansea man has been one of Newcastle’s best players under the new manager and has found a creative spark. His work-rate has been questioned over the years and rightly so but he certainly put in a shift in the visit of Norwich on Tuesday.

The 4-2-3-1 system gives the team the best chance of creating chances going forward and packing a punch in attack. This set up allows Joelinton to play on the left of an advanced three which is arguably his best position.

The Brazilian put in a MOTM performance last time out and has more freedom further forward to effect the game positively for his team. Like Shelvey, the 25-year-old has been one of the most impressive players since Howe took over a few weeks ago.

Joe Willock had another quiet game against Dean Smith’s side but will feel he can provide more in attacking areas if Newcastle can keep eleven players on the pitch this time out. His most promising moment was when he ran forward with the ball, beating a number of defenders before finding Callum Wilson in the box who failed to hit the target like his teammates before him.

Allan Saint-Maximin seems to have a fairly free role and that’s the best way to play the exciting French winger. His ability to beat players is unmatched in the Premier League and he can only improve his end product in a more attacking formation. The 4-2-3-1 set up seems to suit his game, helping to grow his relationship with Wilson and is likely to have a big say if Newcastle claim their first win.

The two deep lying players in the middle of the park can combine with the three in advanced positions to make a solid five in midfield which adds to the flexible nature of the formation and could help the attacking flow of Howe’s side.

Here is how the midfield could potentially look:



Joelinton and Saint-Maximin in advanced wing positions will be the main support for striker Callum Wilson and need to bring their A-game come 3pm on Saturday as Newcastle desperately need a win to change their fortunes.

Their current form sees them heading straight towards relegation to the Championship.

The attackers have turned up on a number of occasions for the Magpies this season but performances have been plagued with second-rate defensive displays, giving the team no chance of gaining much-needed momentum in forward areas.

Callum Wilson is a constant threat up top but has scored just once in the previous five games. That goal came in midweek and the veteran striker will be looking to add to his tally against Lancashire side Burnley tomorrow afternoon.

He had a couple of chances against the Canaries on Tuesday before he dispatched his penalty and may be frustrated that he didn’t take his opportunities – he is a likely scorer come 3pm.

Here is how Newcastle could set-up on Saturday at SJP:


Newcastle head into yet another must-win fixture against fellow strugglers Burnley and can’t afford any more slip-ups in their hunt for Premier League survival.

There were a lot of positive to take from the performance on Tuesday evening and the lads gave it their all.

However, the result wasn’t good enough in the wider context of the season.

Any points the Magpies can collect in their six festive fixtures would be a bonus and go a long way in bolstering their chances of avoiding relegation – starting with Burnley where anything less than a win would be a disaster.

Burnley have a poor record on the road this campaign and Newcastle have looked threatening at home despite there glaring issues in defence so I predict a tight 2-1 victory.


Pre-match thoughts? Score predictions?

Will Newcastle claim their first win on Saturday? Can the Magpies get enough points to give their new recruits a chance of survival in the second half of the season?

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Newcastle United Fans Attacked in Paris by PSG fans – Trapped in pub!



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Footage tonight has emerged of PSG fans corning Newcastle United fans in a pub and attacking them in a scary video. This follows news that police had informed Newcastle fans that attacks were possible which lead to at least one pub having to close at 10pm due to this.

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PSG Fans arrive at Newcastle Upon Tyne and are met by Newcastle United fans ahead of their Champions League tie (which ended in a 4-1 Newcastle United win). Newcastle Centre was on shut down with streets closed and everyone watching.

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The Players Newcastle United could/should sign from Saudi



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Newcastle United has received a green light to pursue players from the Saudi Pro League after a proposed Premier League vote to restrict loan moves between clubs with shared owners fell short of the required support. This decision opens up possibilities for Newcastle to strengthen their squad in January, targeting talents from clubs linked with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Despite initial discussions to potentially bar such transfers, the recent vote outcome has cleared the way for Newcastle to explore signings.


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A recent meeting among the Premier League’s 20 clubs concluded without the necessary majority support to impose a ban on loan transfers between co-owned clubs. While 13 teams voted in favor of the prohibition, the requirement of 14 votes for approval was not met, granting Newcastle the liberty to pursue players from the Saudi Pro League.

This development particularly benefits Newcastle’s pursuit of Al Hilal midfielder Ruben Neves, whom they’ve eyed as a potential replacement for Sandro Tonali. Neves, despite significant interest from the Premier League, is expected to remain with Al Hilal during the upcoming January transfer window. The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that despite ongoing speculation, Neves is content and settled at Al Hilal, playing a pivotal role within the team. His projected stay until the season’s end indicates his commitment to Al Hilal’s cause, especially crucial following Neymar’s injury.

Although ties between Newcastle and Al Hilal, sharing the same majority shareholder in Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), sparked concerns about potential rule changes, as of now, no alterations have been enforced. Speculation regarding a Premier League vote to block such moves in the winter market hasn’t materialized into action. Consequently, Neves looks set to continue his journey with Al Hilal, with no reported negotiations or approaches from interested parties.

Al Hilal’s impressive position atop the Saudi Pro League standings, coupled with their progress in tournaments like the AFC Champions League and the King’s Cup, further solidifies Neves’ integral role within the team. Their dominance, evident in their substantial lead over second-place Al Nassr, underscores their strength even with the latter boasting talents like Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ultimately, Newcastle’s access to the Saudi Pro League remains unimpeded, potentially paving the way for significant acquisitions in the upcoming transfer window.



  • Ruben Neves
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
  • Aleksandr Mitrovic


  • Seko Fofana
  • Marcelo Brozovic
  • Aymeric Laporte


  • N’Golo Kante
  • Fabinho
  • Jota


  • Franck Kessie
  • Gabri Veiga
  • Riyad Mahrez

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Everton Get Record 10 Point Deduction!



Everton faced a significant setback as they incurred a 10-point deduction due to a breach of profit and sustainability regulations, marking the most substantial penalty in Premier League history. This plunge pushed Sean Dyche’s squad into the relegation zone, casting a shadow over their prior 14th position in the league, where they were holding an eight-point buffer from the bottom three.

This unprecedented deduction echoes only two prior instances in Premier League history. Middlesbrough faced a three-point penalty for failing to fulfill a fixture against Blackburn in 1996/97, while Portsmouth was stripped of nine points after entering administration in March 2010. Everton’s situation was referred to an Independent Commission by the Premier League in March over potential violations of profit and sustainability rules.

Amidst this, Everton voiced their intention to vigorously defend and strongly contest the charges before a hearing held last month. The specifics of the alleged breach have not been officially disclosed. However, insights from Sky Sports News suggest that the charges are linked to interest payments concerning the construction expenses for the club’s new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.

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