Newcastle United do not have any easy games in sight when looking at their upcoming schedule.
Newcastle United were winless in their last five games against Leeds United, Fulham, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Leicester City, and they only managed to claim two points during that stretch. When looking ahead at the next five fixtures, the schedule is a bit more lenient, but is far from easy.
Newcastle United will go up against Sheffield United (A), Arsenal (A), Leeds United (H), Everton (A), and Crystal Palace (H). The Magpies have already played three of the five teams next up on the schedule, with those games ending in victories over Everton (2-1) and Crystal Palace (2-0), but Leeds United won 5-2 at Elland Road.
As we look ahead to the next couple of games, here are some true or false scenarios to ponder as the Toon prepare for five unique challenges from teams scattered across the league table.
True or False: Six points from Sheffield United and Crystal Palace?
Many fans are worried about the possibility of Sheffield United claiming their first win of the season against Newcastle United, but I do not see it happening. The Blades do not cope well when pressure is applied in the final third and they are extremely woeful in front of goal – eight goals all season.
Crystal Palace is unpredictable and they will put up a strong fight, but Newcastle United tend to claim the double over a few teams each season, and this season Crystal Palace will be on that list. Callum Wilson should find the back of the net once more against the Eagles.
True or False: Zero points from Arsenal and Everton?
Arsenal are starting to find their rhythm again, and Everton have won four of their last five games. Both teams are expected to handle business against Newcastle United, but the Magpies tend to wake up against notable opponents every now and then. That being said, I do not see Steve Bruce’s men celebrating victories against either side, but they can earn a draw.
Everton were missing key players in the first meeting, so they will be ready to avenge that loss. Arsenal have more talent on paper, but they do not create many chances, and that should ring a bell for Newcastle United to be more expansive in midfield. This Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Arsenal will serve as a good preview.
True or False: Redemption against Leeds United?
Had Newcastle United been more focused in the last 15 minutes of the first meeting the result should have ended 2-2. The Magpies have sufficient talent to open up Leeds’ back line and score a goal or two, but Marcelo Bielsa’s men are too quick and comfortable on the ball.
Newcastle United do not have enough gas in the tank, especially in central midfield, to hang on for 90 minutes. This game should not be a blowout like last time, but Leeds United will win at St. James’ Park.