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The nightmare before, during and after Christmas: Just HOW difficult will December be for the Magpies?



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Newcastle remain winless heading into the busy December period and are in desperate need of improvement on the pitch, having picked up just 7 points from a possible 42 this campaign.


The Magpies find themselves six points from safety following their disappointing 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Norwich and have the worst defensive record in the division, shipping a total of 30 goals so far this season.

Howe’s side face six important games in 27 days before the January transfer window and will require some outstanding performances if they are to give themselves a chance of maintaining their Premier League status come May.

With the expectation that the team from Tyneside will spend big in the transfer window, it’s vital they pick up a collect a decent tally of points to give the fresh talent a chance of survival. 

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The most important game is the battle with fellow relegation candidates Burnley on Saturday at St James’ Park and is a must-win for both sides.

Newcastle can ill afford another disappointing display and must not lose any more ground in their fight for safety. Dyche’s side currently sit 2 points ahead of the Magpies in 19th position and have two games in hand.

The failure to gain points on the Canaries on Tuesday evening means that Howe’s side are going to have to pull off a number of Christmas miracles in the next six games. This was made even worse by Leeds’ later winner from the penalty spot in the other game on the night.

Newcastle’s home record leaves a lot to be desired. SJP has proven a difficult venue and the Magpies face four testing games on home turf in December, including the visits of both Manchester clubs either side of Christmas Day. 

Newcastle travel to the King Power Stadium to face a Leicester side in desperate need of improvement given their slow start to the campaign. Everton away on the 30th December ends the nightmare run of fixtures for the Toon. 

Here is how the Premier League table looks heading into the season defining December fixture list: 

Howe’s side face two of the current top four, two underperforming sides in Man Utd and Leicester as well as difficult games against fellow strugglers Everton and Burnley – making up their upcoming fixture list.

But realistically, what is the best Newcastle can hope for from their festive fixture list?

The Fixtures 

(H, 4TH DEC) 

Burnley often provide a stern test of their opponent’s steel and the game on Saturday will be no different. Dyche sets his team up to be hard to beat as they often carry a physical threat in attacking areas. 

Striker Chris Wood will be hoping Newcastle have another shaky defensive performance come 3pm and will be looking to bully the Magpies’ second rate outfit. 

It’s likely that Jamaal Lascelles will return to the starting eleven for this one in replacement of suspended Ciaran Clark, with many hoping that Federico Fernandez takes his position instead. Howe is expected to keep the same system for the visit of The Clarets and will hope it lasts longer than eight minutes.

Newcastle have faced Burnley over one-hundred times in the 116 year history between the two sides – winning on 45 occasions. The side from Lancashire have won 44, with 11 games ending in a draw – a close contest to call. 

The most recent meeting between the sides came early in the season at SJP where the visitors came away winners courtesy of their penalty shoot-out win in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

However, It will be a very different game on Saturday as Newcastle must claim the spoils if they are to give themselves any chance of reaching safety by the end of the season. 


(A, 12TH DEC) 

The Foxes have had a disappointing start to the campaign, sitting in 10th position after thirteen games and failing to win in eight of their league games so far.

Rodger’s side have been in poor form at the King Power and will be hoping that their results improve before the visit of the Mags in just over ten days time.

Leicester smashed relegation candidates Watford 4-2 last time out and face bottom half Southampton and Aston Villa in the next two games before the battle with the team in Black and White.

Jamie Vardy is in fine goalscoring form following his brace at the weekend and is the second highest scorer in the Premier League, netting on nine occasions this season.

To everyone’s surprise, Newcastle came out 4-2 winners in the previous meeting between the sides but before that, the Foxes won four consecutive games against the Mags and many pundits will be expecting a similar outcome on 12th December. 

There are currently eleven points between the two sides – Rodgers’ side having a game in hand.


(A, 16th DEC)

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are many people’s favourites to claim the Premier League crown come the end of the season and their form this season shows why. They are currently third in the table and have lost just once this season, away to West Ham last month.

Mo Salah is in ridiculous form and is the current Premier League top scorer with 11 goals to his name, just five less than the whole of the Newcastle squad this season. With the return of man-mountain Virgil Van Dijk at the back it’s hard to see they visitors troubling the scorers in this one. 

The difference in quality between the two sides is outrageous – the recent head-to-head record highlights just how dominant the Reds have been in this fixture. Liverpool are unbeaten against the Mags since 2015, where the home side came out 2-0 winners at SJP thanks to a 90+3 minute goal from Gini WIjnaldum who enjoyed spells at both sides.

Liverpool haven’t lost a league game against the Magpies at Anfield since 1994 and this has very little chance of changing come the fixture in mid-December – it could be backs to the wall job for Howe’s side.


(H, 19th DEC)

Second placed Manchester City travel to St James’ Park in a couple of weeks and will be hoping to be Premier League leaders come the 19th December.

Guardiola’s side have failed to find the goalscoring form of previous seasons but have been no less clinical when it comes to winning games this season.

They are the third highest scorers in the Premier League, but may face injury challenges with boss Pepe claiming this week that they face a ‘crises’ with just fourteen first-team players available for selection. An absolute joke considering the difference in quality between the two sides.

Unfortunately for the Mags, Man City’s third team would probably give them a game at this current moment but fans will be hoping there are not many more years of misery as their side have been outclassed on a number of occasions in recent meetings with the Blues. 

However, the Magpies have enjoyed a decent home record against the visitors in recent times, unbeaten on two occasions in the previous five meetings. Many Toon supporters will be hoping for a transformation of their club, similar to that of Man City and look towards better times in the future. 

But for now, all eyes turn towards the challenging December run faced by the Magpies and will be hoping for Christmas surprise in this one. 


(H, 27th DEC)

Newcastle face a Manchester United side in mixed form who have plenty of time to find momentum under their new interim manager Ralf Rangnick before they travel North to face Newcastle. 

Rangnick was previously linked with the Director of Football role at St. James’ Park before his move to Manchester on a six-month contract. His side have struggled in recent years on Tyneside, despite coming out 4-1 winners in the last meeting and winning the last four games between the sides. The Magpies won consecutive games at home against the Red Devils a number of seasons back, claiming a 1-0 victory on both occasions in 2018 and 2019 respectively. 

The role of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been a major talking point at Old Trafford but having scored twice on his Premier League return against the Mags back in September he will be confident he can bolster his tally under the lights on 27th December. 

The home side will be hoping they can pull off a Christmas miracle in this one – stranger things have happened. Man Utd have struggled against sides who have attacked them from the kick-off and Howe will be hoping that with support from the Geordie faithful his side can pull of an upset in this one. 

This one promises to be a real Christmas cracker.


Everton (A, 30TH DEC)

Rafa Benitez’s Everton welcome the Magpies to Goodison park for the last fixture in a manic December, hoping his side experience a dramatic change in fortunes. 

The Toffees are one of the most out of form sides in the Premier League and the fixture on the 30th Dec is perhaps Newcastle’s best chance of clinching victory during a tough festive period, other than the visit of Burnley on Saturday. 

The visitors in this one will be hoping to claim what could be their first away win of the season and have to travel to Merseyside on the front-foot and ready to attack from the off.

It will be Howe’s last opportunity to claim some much-needed points ahead of what promises to be a busy transfer window for the Geordies who are tipped to spend big come January. 

Newcastle are unbeaten in four league games against Everton and will be looking to extent that run to five and put pressure on their fellow relegation candidates.

The 2-0 away at Goodison last year kick-started Newcastle’s season as Graeme Jones was introduced into the backroom staff – Callum Wilson netted in both halves to help his side take the spoils. A repeat of this would help the Magpies gain momentum as they try to attract new talent in their hunt for safety. 



December promises to be a season defining month for the Magpies who are in desperate need of improvement on the pitch. It may be possible to pull off a few upsets in the festive period but realistically any points gained before January would be a bonus.

Eight points would represent an excellent return given the circumstance but still feels extremely hopeful as Newcastle remain winless after fourteen games – a record in the Premier League.

Only time will tell…


How many points will Newcastle accumulate in their six December fixtures? Can the Magpies claim their first win on Saturday? Who should Howe bring in to strengthen the side?

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary



Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.

The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.

Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.

The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.

Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.

The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.

The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed,  Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.

The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.

Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.

It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.

What do you think Newcastle fans?

Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?


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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.



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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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