Newcastle United face a Tottenham Hotspur side who can still consider themselves in the title race - but only just. Spurs beat Watford 2-1 in midweek thanks to two late goals to stay within swinging distance of Manchester City on a night when Liverpool failed to extend their lead at the top. Weirdly, Spurs have not drawn a game in the Premier League this season so this game is hard to call in some ways, especially if, as expected, United turn up and park the bus. Can United take advantage of Tottenham's title jitters? Lee Ryder's prediction The Magpies are on a real high after beating Manchester City but face a tough one at Wembley this weekend. Spurs will be without injured Harry Kane and Dele Alli but still have quality in abundance. Few expected Newcastle to get anything out of games against City and Spurs but with three points on the board already this should be looked at as a free hit for the Magpies? They have no reason not to play with more freedom here surely! That said if … [Read more...] about Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United: Lee Ryder’s prediction ahead of Wembley trip
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Manchester City return to Premier League action on Tuesday night when they travel to St. James' Park to take on Newcastle United. The weekend saw yet another scintillating City performance after they stuck five goals past Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round, meaning the Blues have now scored 29 times since they last conceded. The Magpies could prove tougher to break down, however, as Rafa Benitez is likely to set out his team with a deep back-five, with another bank of four in front to try and keep the score as low as possible. Other big sides such as Chelsea and Manchester United have struggled to score against the resolute side and City themselves only managed to win 2-1 when the teams met at the Etihad in September. The game will be the first in a gruelling schedule of 22 games in 79 days for City that could make or break their season. What TV channel is Newcastle vs Man City on? Newcastle vs Man City will be aired on BT Sport 1 from 7:30pm. Kick-off from St. James' Park is at 8pm on … [Read more...] about What TV channel is Newcastle United vs Man City on?
Newcastle United haven't had much time to recover from their FA Cup exit to get ready for Manchester City. It doesn't get much tougher for United against a City side that have won their last eight games in all competitions, chalking up 30 goals in the process! The Magpies have been handed odds of 14/1 by William Hill to win their own home game against Pep Guardiola's side with the bookies in doubt of what the outcome will be. Lee Ryder's prediction United will park the bus again in this one and try to frustrate Man City. Burton did a good job of that against Guardiola's side last week in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final but still lost 1-0, and in fairness with City 9-0 up they were simply going through the motions anway. A point in this game would be like gold dust to Benitez but there seems to be only one winner in this one and avoiding a hammering will be the order of the day. Referee Paul Tierney (Lancashire) He's had two visits to St James' Park this season against … [Read more...] about Newcastle United vs Manchester City: Lee Ryder’s prediction ahead of crunch Premier League clash
Newcastle United take a break from the Premier League against a Watford side that will feature a fair few changes from the line-up that could only draw with Burnley at the weekend. Rafa Benitez will also make some alterations to the side that beat Cardiff City but is expected to name a team that should be capable of getting into the last 16 of the competition. Newcastle as a club can do themselves a big favour by keeping their season alive in this competition - it's the least the fans deserve. Read More Newcastle United vs Watford Lee Ryder's prediction Watford made 11 changes to their line-up for the third-round game at Woking on a day when they triumphed 2-0 against the National League side. Rafa Benitez made eight changes for the third-round game against Blackburn and it backfired as it only resulted in an extra game, plus another 30 minutes of extra time. Neither side will want a replay here, but Benitez will feel he has enough quality to see off a Watford side that were lucky to … [Read more...] about Newcastle United vs Watford: Lee Ryder’s FA Cup prediction ahead of round four
The uncertainty swirling around Newcastle United had turned this season into a slog. But we’re reaching the point where things come to a head. So what comes next for Newcastle after takeover hopes flat-lined and fears about Rafa Benitez’s future soared? Regional Football Publishing Editor Mark Douglas runs through the scenarios. The team stay up, Rafa Benitez stays What needs to happen: Breakthrough on transfer policy, assurances on training ground and Academy upgrades, clarity on future ambitions Benitez’s future has dominated the black and white agenda for two years and the uncertainty has suffocated much of the joy of following the club. He says he wants to stay but the noises from those around him have often hinted darkly that the obstacles he has encountered at St James’ Park mean it is impossible for him to achieve his ambitions at the club. In public he has made statements about his employers than none of his predecessors would have got away with. It … [Read more...] about What comes next for Newcastle United?