Newcastle United is now one of the bookmakers’ favorites for relegation in May after finding themselves adrift at the bottom of the table.
With the nerves starting to get a little nervous, United Another unwelcome statistic was hit with their 1-1 draw with Norwich City when fans learned there was absolutely no team left after failing to win their first 14 Premier League games.
But fans won’t stop believing until the battle is lost.
Regardless of the horrific narrative already starting to spread through the media, Newcastle could still avoid relegation if they put their minds to it.
It can be tough, but I think 10 wins out of the remaining 24 matches will be needed and there’s always room to pull the bounty here and there too.
However, 10 wins with seven points Newcastle has in the bank would already take them to 37 points.
That would have been more than enough to keep United last season with Fulham third on 28 points.
It was Bournemouth’s 34 points in 2019/20 that dropped them to third as Aston Villa edged them by a point.
And in 2019, Cardiff were knocked out of the First Division with 34 points as well, which means that the situation is still largely in the hands of Newcastle despite their poor start.
Here are the 10 games Newcastle should target to earn maximum draw.
1) Burnley, Saturday, St James’ Park
This is the big win because it will be Newcastle’s first win of the season and it will put them in touch with the bottom six and put them on points with Clarett.
Sean Dycke’s men are tough to beat but they have only won once this season and despite the fact that Newcastle are doomed, Burnley are only three points ahead of the Magpies.
Crossing our fingers, not seeing another early-stage self-destruction mission and a man sent off on Saturday, Newcastle have fan power to help drive the team home.
And Alain Saint-Maximin He seems to love playing against Claret after two goals in both games last season.
Callum Wilson also scored a brace in last year’s 3-1 win at St James’s Stadium behind closed doors.
Newcastle need to look no further than the double sentiment from last season before this weekend.
2) Man United, December 27, St James’ Park
This may come as a surprise but despite Ralf Rangnick’s new managerial appointment at Old Trafford, this is not an old club for Man United.
They were flattered with a 4-1 fall in the first leg and lost 5-0 at home to Liverpool before losing 4-1 to Watford.
And this time, compared to Ronaldo’s love last September against Stretford End, it will be very different at the already sold-out St James’ Park, where a happy holiday crowd awaited the Red Devils at 8pm. .
Newcastle are able to raise their level here and get points if they put their minds to it.
3) Southampton, January 2, St Mary’s Stadium
The Saints have had an incomplete form of themselves this season already and look at me as one aspect that could get into trouble.
They will face some tough away matches at Palace, Arsenal and West Ham before this match as well as the south coast derby with Brighton and Brentford and then Tottenham at home before Newcastle see it in the new year.
The 20 goals they have already received may be further amplified and confidence may suffer.
There are definitely three big spots to grab here.
4) Watford, January 15, St James’ Park
This match takes place after the third round of the FA Cup this weekend, and what a chance to start 2022 in winning fashion at home.
Newcastle He should have beaten Watford superbly at Vicarage Road, but he missed a lot of chances, then cost them late sitter Jacob Murphy.
This will be different
5) Everton, February 9, St James’ Park
Whether this is Rafa Benitez’s return to Tyneside in the Everton dugout is up for debate at the moment.
But until then, given the level of the Toffees this season, they’re more than winable.
United scored against Everton in a hit-and-miss at St James, but there have been three wins since 2015 and once again the fans can play their part.
6) Aston Villa, February 15, St James’ Park
Steven Gerrard used to haunt Jordi’s fans as a player but how would he do as a manager?
By this time, the new manager will be gone and the dust off for both Aston Villa and Newcastle.
Villa started reasonably well under Gerrard, but this is another game that Newcastle’s coaching staff should enjoy.
Imagine what back-to-back wins in February could do to United’s season.
7) Brentford, February 26, Brentford Community Stadium
This could be a key month for United’s survival chances and by this time the Bees could be feeling the pace of their first season in the top flight.
It’s a game where Newcastle may be able to capitalize on the stress that has hit Brentford mid-season.
And don’t forget that Newcastle still owes the London club a way out of the League Cup last season.
8) Brighton & Hove Albion, March 5, St James’ Park
Another chance to collect back-to-back wins here is on Howe’s side.
The Seagulls occupied Newcastle last month while Howe watched from the stands and while Graham Potter has done a fantastic job guiding Brighton into seventh and into European competition, you’re wondering how long they can last.
For all the talk of a very difficult confrontation for Newcastle, they may still be within walking distance of safety before the dreaded fixture list of the late campaign starts to unravel.
Although they should be good to get three points here.
9) Crystal Palace, March 19, St James’ Park
This comes on the heels of a difficult trip to Chelsea, where the European champions will be the favorites.
So it is likely that Newcastle will exit the role of the wounded animal in the face of the palace.
Having already earned a point at Selhurst Park, a win here is a respectable four-of-six-point balance against the Eagles this season.
10) Norwich, April 23, Karoo Road
Let’s just say the Canaries might be feeling fast at this point and maybe Newcastle have rediscovered their confidence.
The truth is that United should have beaten Norwich in the middle of the week had it not been for the red card.
This is the perfect opportunity to win away from home before those tough games at the end of the season.
General Referee Lee Ryder
When you consider that Newcastle will strengthen in January, this list of 10 wins is more achievable than Eddie Howe and his staff.
The list of victories also does not include home matches against Wolves or Leicester nor the last day’s trip away from home to Burnley.
And you never know in the matches against the top six with Newcastle.
That being said with Liverpool (at home), Man City (away) and Arsenal (at home) in three of the last four games before that showdown at Turf Moor, a big February and positive March could mean Newcastle are out of trouble before then.
Things might look daunting from where we’re sitting now but there are more than enough points to play for and plenty of winable scenarios on offer on Magpies.
In short, don’t start making travel plans for Luton or Hull just yet.
Everything to play for.