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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Newcastle United: Premier League preview and prediction 2008/9

An uninspiring close season for Newcastle does not suggest that the team will make a huge leap forward this season. Rumours that the owner wants out, backroom staff released without warning, unpopular players in Smith and Barton and a restrictive transfer budget has left Kevin Keegan publically questioning his teams ability to finish higher than eighth.

Twelfth last season could deteriorate to somewhere closer to the relegation zone this season - Keegan will need every ounce of his personality to get his charges snuggly into mid-table. Fortunately the promoted teams seem weak and the likes of Fulham and Bolton look more vulnerable.

TRANSFERS TO DATE Ins: Danny Guthrie (Liverpool), Jonas Gutierrez (Real Mallorca).

Outs: Emre (Fenerbahce), David Rozehnal (Lazio), Peter Ramage (QPR).

RECENT LEAGUE FINISHES Recent league finishes: 12-13-7-14-5 av. 10th Recent points finishes: 43-43-58-44-56 av. 49pts

SPREAD BETTING Sporting Index final position prediction: 10th Sporting Index points prediction: 48.50 - 50 points

Newcastle are always backed heavily in the bookies markets, making their odds a bit lower than may be reasonable. Newcastle will have to top 50 points (West Ham were 10th with 49 points last season) to make a buy profitable.

Example: £10 buy Newcastle season points at 50 Newcastle get 60 points: You win £100 Newcastle get 55 points: You win £50 Newcastle get 50 points: Break even Newcastle get 45 points: You lose £50 Newcastle get 40 points: You lose £100 and so on

PREDICTION Finish 15th, 39-44 points

COMMENTS

tony taylor

you should wait till transfer window shuts before you make your predictions mate.dont forget coloccini bassong tiago

Mark

Basically you have read some comments somewhere and copied and pasted. "An uninspiring close season for Newcastle does not suggest that the team will make a huge leap forward this season". I have read this exact sentance somewhere just this past week.

I would hardly call this an article, more like a badly written paragraph.

Antony Melvin

Mark

Try googling "An uninspiring close season for Newcastle" - it is, oddly enough, a unique phrase.

No copy and pasting here.

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