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Premier League weekend schedule looks ominous for Newcastle United

2 weeks ago
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The Premier League kicks off again at 12.30pm this Saturday afternoon.

The final set of fixtures before we enter already the second international break of the season.

Early days of course BUT a picture already appearing to form at both the bottom and top of the Premier League.

The Premier League producing this decent graphic to show when all ten matches are to be played this weekend and on which TV and radio channels you can follow them on:

As for what would be the best possible outcomes for Newcastle United in this weekend’s matches, this is how the Premier League table looks before that Man Utd v Everton matches kicks off the Saturday games:

Premier League Table 30 September 2021

As you can see, Newcastle only outside of the relegation zone on goal difference.

The stand out thing as well is that including Wolves v Newcastle, eight of the bottom nine play each other this weekend.

Personally, I find it difficult to see Wolves not scoring today as Newcastle aren’t capable of keeping a clean sheet as things currently stand, whilst at the other end, only three clubs (the top three) have conceded less than Wolves this season, leading me to think every chance that Newcastle without Callum Wilson won’t create many chances, never mind score a goal this afternoon.

On the other hand, I think Watford and Norwich look really poor and are destined for relegation this season, so I can see Leeds and Burnley both getting quite comfortable first Premier League wins of the season.

Meanwhile, Palace have looked decent from what I have seen and can take advantage off Leicester’s slow start to the season tomorrow, plus the Foxes have had the distraction and travel when losing in Poland on Thursday night. Southampton look set to lose at Chelsea this weekend, completing the games for the current bottom nine.

If these results above do happen, going into this international break, the bottom of the Premier League table would look like this, number of points before each:

9 Wolves

9 Palace

7 Leicester

7 Watford

6 Leeds

5 Burnley

4 Southampton

3 Newcastle United

0 Norwich

This would be a disastrous set of results for Steve Bruce heading into what would feel a long long international break, before facing Spurs at St James Park on Sunday 17 October. Followed by Palace away, Chelsea home, Brighton away, Brentford home and Arsenal away, taking us up to the end of November.

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