The Premier League was back again this afternoon and Aleksandar Mitrovic has helped make it an almost perfect day for old boss Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United.

Bottom club Fulham prevented Southampton climbing above Newcastle thanks to two excellent Mitrovic goals, a first half header and a volley after the break helping to give Claudio Ranieri a winning 3-2 start.

Mitro hadn’t scored for nine weeks in the Premier League but today’s double takes him to seven for the season, plus he scored twice for Serbia in the international break.

Elsewhere, West Ham were hammered 4-0 at home by Manchester City, that big hit to their goal difference means any kind of Newcastle win on Monday would take the Magpies up to 13th in the table.

Meanwhile Cardiff stay in the relegation zone with a single goal defeat at Everton.

Apart from Fulham, Crystal Palace were the only bottom eight club to pick up anything, Palace getting a point in a goalless draw at a poor Manchester United. Palace stay below Newcastle on goal difference whilst Man Utd are already a massive 14 points behind leaders Man City.

If Newcastle can beat Burnley and go above West Ham, then the next target in their sights would be Brighton in 12th, they only picked up a point at home to Leicester despite taking the lead.

Rafa Benitez would have definitely taken this set of results which means Newcastle will still be 14th on Monday unless Huddersfield win at Wolves on Sunday.

How the Premier League table looks after Saturday’s 3pm matches (the table before Saturday is below):

newcastle united

This weekend’s Premier League matches:

Saturday:

Brighton 1 Leicester 1

Everton 1 Cardiff 0

Fulham 3 Southampton 2

Manchester Utd 0 Crystal Palace 0

Watford 0 Liverpool 3

West Ham 0 Manchester City 4

Saturday:

Tottenham v Chelsea (5.30pm)

Sunday:

Bournemouth v Arsenal

Wolves v Huddersfield

Monday

Burnley v Newcastle United

Then this is how the table looked before the Saturday kick-offs:

premier league

The consecutive home wins against Watford and Bournemouth have presented Newcastle with a great chance of now putting some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, a a win at Burnley would send them four points clear of third bottom (and seven clubs below them), whilst even a draw would create a two point gap.



  • Kenny

    How many goals is that he`s got, 7
    He`s on target for 20 goals
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    • Wor Lass

      And he hasn`t been sent off 5 times yet. Amazing!

  • Kenny

    With those results Rafa will play safe. 1-9-1 and hit them on the break
    the bus will be parked

  • GlasgowMag

    Great article, well hidden basically to give our magnificent former striker a mention again on this platform!!πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£

  • Danimal

    Not for me, a draw would have been far better. Instead we have a reinvigorated Fulham and a reinvigorated Mitrovic. Disappointed with Palace getting a point at Old Trafford too. Oh well, we’ll just have to get some points of our own. Let’s see.

    • Martin Rooney

      Isn’t that 12 goals since August didn’t need reinvigorating

      • steve

        Top scorer in the nations league, still baffling that Rafa didn’t give him a fair shot.

        • Martin Rooney

          Maybe there are better managers?

          • Billmag

            Names???

          • Martin Rooney

            Hughton mourhino klopp Conte Wenger dyche guadiola emry Mike bassett

          • Billmag

            Claptrap from a well known idiot.

          • Martin Rooney

            He had some great players and has dumped them. Fact

          • Billmag

            So has your manager Maureen that’s getting pelters from the fans at the Theatre of Doom. Fact.

          • Martin Rooney

            My manager Maureen? I guess your suggesting I’m a man u fan ya cheeky twa, if that’s all you intelligence can muster it’s no surprise those from out of our area think we’re thick

          • Billmag

            Ha ha ha you keep giving yourself away thicko.

          • Martin Rooney

            β™₯️ u Bill

          • Danimal

            Yes – Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Townsend, Janmaat. What was Rafa thinking of, dumping them and signing cheaper replacements?

          • Ba ba.

            Zzzz

    • Dave Pattinson

      1-0 off Rondon’s backside will do me

      • Danimal

        And me.

  • Wor Lass

    Good luck to the lad – hope he gets the European Golden Boot.

    • Martin Rooney

      Imagine if he was in a good team!

      • Danimal

        The Hoss?

      • Ram Kishore

        Come on Martin. We have sold him, he’s gone. We have got to let go of him. Mag knows the divisive nature of when mitro scores or doesn’t score. One day an article of this sort comes, another day gloating at our former players.

      • Wor Lass

        He will be.

    • Toontaff

      A concrete shoe would be better!

      • Wor Lass

        Ah, the old concrete overshoes?

  • Geordiegiants

    😴 πŸ’€

    • Kenny

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  • Billmag

    Didn’t take long for the Mitro article to appear did it.

    • Steven05

      They’ll be another 3-4 by Tuesday

      • Billmag

        True.

    • Ba ba.

      Was just thinking the same .. Soon as i seen he scored I thought “here we go, que mag article” … And hey presto.

      • Pelican

        You are free to submit an article to The Mag. Why don’t you write an article about how boring it is to read about how well Mitrovic is doing.

        • Ba ba.

          No need to, most people agree he’s not here so let it go… I was a fan and we should of kept him but he’s gone now so ffs let’s not write about him when he scores. Or balance the views when he’s not scoring write about him.
          Either we he’s not our player anymore.

  • Natturner26

    Rafa traded him in for a similar yet lesser quality striker on loan. What a brilliant football mind.

    • Leazes.

      idiot

      • Cushty lad

        Listen to you. You’re always on about waiting for the ‘rafalution” Make ya bl**dy mind up. Just how many fences do you sit on?

    • KRS1

      You just play with your cat, the only pussy you get. Moron

      • Billmag

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    • Ba ba.

      Ffs ya boring

    • Ram Kishore

      It’s time to let go off Mitro Nat.

      • Martin Rooney

        Maybe time to let go of someone else to

        • Ram Kishore

          You mean Rafa, idk about that lol. But I respect your position and opinion. I can see why.

          • Martin Rooney

            I was joking, you can’t help but like and admire Rafa he”s a good bloke and clearly a good communicator and mananager as the team appear to do exactly what he wants them to. And away from the game he clearly is alright minded respectful and inspiring b loke
            It’s just his football is too boring for my tastes.
            He’ll keep the club up thou.

  • Ba ba.

    Ffs what a, surprise… Mitro scored two and he’s in the mag. .and blah blah blah. .. He went ten hours without a goal until today and hues what not a peep from the mag. .. What’s next a, Dwight gayle article?.. Oh wait … .. πŸ‘ Its boring ffs

    • Pelican

      Butthurt that a childhood Newcastle fan is doing well at his new club? How inconvenient for you to read about.

  • Mrkgw

    Not bothered about him but, I do remember a significant number on here citing him not being Premiership quality. In fairness, he has proved otherwise. Would I have him back? Yes but, he’s gone and not likely to return to the club – ever.

  • Philippines

    In after match reports Ranieri told his team to keep putting crosses into the box for Mitro. It seems to have worked.