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Jamaal Lascelles points to where Newcastle’s season will stand or fall on

3 years ago

Jamaal Lascelles is happy with the way Newcastle have started the season.

With 14 points from 30 so far, NUFC stand ninth in the table before facing Bournemouth.

The United defender’s pre-season prediction/hope was that the home form would be the bedrock of the season.

Surprisingly, Newcastle lost five and drew three at St James Park in the Championship, whereas in the 2009/10 promotion there wasn’t a single home defeat.

For most of last season it looked as though remarkably United would pick up more points away from home but points on the road eventually tailed off, leaving a final reckoning of

48 points at St James Park and 46 away.

Yesterday an amazing stat was revealed, that when managing in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez has lost only one of his last 58 Saturday home games, that last defeat coming over 10 years ago against Manchester United, when Rafa was at Liverpool.

This season has seen Newcastle pick up 10 points from 15 at home, with only Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, and Arsenal, doing better so far.

In contrast, Newcastle have picked up only 4 points from 15 away, with defeats to expected rivals in the mid-table/bottom half: Huddersfield, Brighton and Burnley.

Jamaal Lascelles doesn’t see any reason why Newcastle can’t continue to keep up their home form and needless to say, points at home will be essential if the team is to prosper/survive.

Rafa Benitez will have his players fully wound up for tomorrow’s match and surely it is unthinkable that the players will deliver a second Saturday home defeat in 59 for the United boss…

The visitors arrive having lost four of their five away games so far and only Palace have scored less than Bournemouth’s six goals from 10 PL games this season.

Since he has been at Newcastle, the team have played five Premier League matches at St James Park on a Saturday, producing five wins and no losses or draws.

Jamaal Lascelles:

“We want to continue our form at home, where we’ve started well.

“I said at the start of the season that I thought we’d do well at home and I don’t see why we can’t continue that.

“Bournemouth are struggling a bit at the moment but it will be a difficult game – every match is in the Premier League.

“We need to forget about this (Burnley) game, take the positives from it, prepare well, work hard and take all three points on Saturday.”


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