Leicester City kick off 2021 with 2-1 Newcastle win

The Foxes begin the New Year back in third place as second half goals from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans secured a big three points on Tyneside.

Both sides struggling to get going in a freezing opening 45 at St. James’, with wasted chances from Jamie Vardy and Tielemans the closest to an opening.

However, despite hitting Magpies defensive wall before the break, the visitors did finally conjure a breakthrough ten minutes after the restart.

Harvey Barnes’ run scattered a host of Newcastle defenders as he fed in Vardy as the Leicester talisman squared for Maddison to smash past Karl Darlow.

That released the pressure on the Foxes from there on out as Tielemans made the game safe with 15 to play with a rocket into the bottom corner.

But in the spirit of very little making sense at the moment, Steve Bruce opted to throw on Andy Carroll in the closing minutes.

And in a moment for Premier League trivia fans to savour in the months ahead he smashed home his first Newcastle goal in over a decade.

Full Time at St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 1 Leicester City 2

Premier League: Newcastle United 0-0 Liverpool

Nathaniel Phillips was handed a Premier League start for Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp’s defensive resources having been further depleted.

With Joel Matip having joined long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the casualty list, Phillips was included along with former Magpies midfielder James Milner in two changes to the side which drew 1-1 with West Brom as Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum made way.

Newcastle Head Coach Steve Bruce made just one change in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester City, striker Callum Wilson returning from an ankle problem in place of Miguel Almiron.

Newcastle started brightly with Wilson forcing two saves from keeper Alisson inside the opening 12 minutes and giving as good as they got for much of the half.

However, Liverpool might have taken the lead 11 minutes before the break when Mohamed Salah stabbed wide having seemingly done the hard work, and it took a fine reaction save from Karl Darlow to deny Roberto Firmino in stoppage time and ensure the sides headed back to the dressing rooms with the scoreline still 0-0.

Salah was guilty of another glaring miss after the break and Darlow produced another stunning save to prevent Firmino from snatching the win two minutes from time as Liverpool once again had to make do with a point.

Premier League Preview: Newcastle United v Liverpool

The Reds slipped to a late draw against West Brom last time out, and with Everton and Manchester United breathing down their necks, Klopp needs a result on Tyneside.

The German coach rotated against the Baggies and he looks likely to tinker again to keep his options fresh with James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain potential starters in this one.

As for the hosts, Steve Bruce’s selection plans are still be governed by an ongoing Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

Jamal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin are still sidelined for the Magpies, but Bruce can recall Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick.

And it’ll be a late start to complete this round of Premier League action with an 8pm kick off at St. James’ Park on December 30th.

Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Newcastle United

Pep Guardiola’s side have quietly been rediscovering their best form in the last month and the Spanish boss finally looks to have hit on winning formula this season.

However, despite being in the middle of their best run of the campaign, the demands of a packed schedule means he will be forced to rotate against the Magpies.

Pep’s defence should stay the same over the festive period but the returning Fernandinho, Phil Foden and Sergio Aguero could be drafted in.

As for Newcastle, Steve Bruce will continue to wing in terms of his line up with a Covid-19 outbreak at the club still forcing his selection.

Key pair Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lascelles remain sidelined due to the virus.

But Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis should shake off knocks in time to start.

And Kick Off is a late one on Boxing Day with an 8pm start at the Etihad Stadium.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce confirms two continuing Covid-19 cases at St. James’ Park

Club captain Jamal Lascelles and star man Allan Saint-Maximin have been confirmed as the two players in question with Bruce stating he has no timescale on their expected return to action.

The Magpies have been battling to contain an internal outbreak of the virus at their Darsley Park training base since the start of the month.

That forced the postponement of their clash with Aston Villa on December 1 but the club has since stated they are confident the situation is now under control.

And that’s latest your update from St. James’ Park check back in soon for more with the Sport Social.

Newcastle battle back to beat West Brom 2-1

The Magpies preparations were hit by an ongoing coronavirus outbreak at the club but goals from Miguel Almiron and Dwight Gayle secured a crucial three points.

Bruce’s team waited until the 88th minute to win at Crystal Palace last weekend but Almiron needed just 20 seconds to get the ball rolling in this one.

Jamal Lewis’ long ball forward caused problems in the Baggies back line and Joelinton calmly slipped in the Paraguayan to tuck past Sam Johnstone.

The Magpies continued to dominate from there as Johnstone was called into action to deny Almiron and Joelinton with Connor Gallagher wasting a chance at the other end.

But despite struggling for a foothold in the first half, Slaven Bilic’s hauled themselves level just after the restart.

Matt Phillips wriggled to the byline and clipped into the back post and with Lewis caught ball watching, Darnell Furlong stole in to poke past Karl Darlow.

Bruce opted to throw on Gayle with 20 minutes to go and the former Palace man almost made an instant impact as Phillips got back to clear his header off the line.

But the Magpies forgotten man was not to be denied his big moment as he angled home a header from Jacob Murphy’s cross to seal the win for Bruce.

Full Time at St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 2 West Brom 1

Premier League Preview: Newcastle United v West Brom

Slaven Bilic’s team have only racked up one win on their top-flight return and a 5-1 thrashing at Crystal Palace last time out will have dented confidence.

Matheus Pereira is definitely out after he was sent off against Palace with Hal Robson-Kanu and Connor Townsend both ruled out with injury.

Dara O’Shea is likely to replace Branislav Ivanovic in defence with Callum Robinson also in line to make a rare start.

For Newcastle, Steve Bruce’s hand will be forced Covid-19 regulations, with the Magpies squad still decimated by players in self isolation.

Bruce has confirmed he will have to wait until the last minute to name a starting team against the Baggies with up to eight players set to miss out.

But it was not all negative news for Bruce, as key pair Ryan Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin returned to training this week, and the former Manchester United defender has confirmed they will be included after returning negative Covid-19 tests.

And Kick Off is set for 3pm tomorrow at St. James’ Park

Newcastle secure late 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace

Three points for the Magpies ends poor run on the road for Steve Bruce, with late strikes from Joelinton and Callum Wilson securing a crucial three points.

Neither side created much in poor opening half hour in South London, with Joelinton’s long range strike testing Vicente Guaita.

Palace did slowly edge themselves into the game before the break, with Eberechi Eze and Jeff Schlupp both denied by Karl Darlow.

That sense of frustration continued for both teams after the restart, before Palace missed a huge chance to take the lead.

Christian Benteke shook off two Newcastle defender to connect with Patrick van Aanholt’s cross but his header was well stopped by Darlow.

That let off opened the door for Newcastle, and Wilson raced on Joelinton’s pass to expertly slot past Guaita.

And the Brazilian got the goal his hard work deserved in added time as his deflected wrongfooted Guaita and sealed the win for Bruce.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 2

Newcastle United demanding release of midfielder from international duty

The playmaker was booked in the last few minutes of Paraguay’s 1-1 draw with Argentina in Buenos Aires on Thursday night, meaning he will miss the game next Tuesday.

However, Paraguay have not yet confirmed they will release the player, stating that they’d rather he stuck around with the group until after the Bolivia game.

Newcastle are keen to get their midfielder back ahead of their game against Chelsea next week, which is the early kick-off on Saturday, and will have been impressed with Almiron’s performance against Argentina.

The midfielder turned in a stunning performance to inspire his side, winning Paraguay the penalty which led to them taking the lead, and being one of the team’s main attacking focal points.

Steve Bruce will be hoping to get the best out of the former Atlanta United man, who has been struggling with his new midfield role in recent weeks.

Newcastle have injury worries in midfield with Ryan Fraser and Jonjo Shelvey sidelined , although they’ve been given a boost this week by the return to training of Matt Ritchie, who is coming back from a shoulder injury sustained earlier in the season.

Ritchie isn’t expected to be involved in the squad to face Chelsea, but Almiron will likely start, so long as his country allow him to leave to reduce the effects of jetlag.

Impressive Southampton secure 2-0 Premier League win at home to Newcastle

The Saints have been in excellent form in recent weeks, and despite the absence of star man Danny Ings, a goal in either half from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong secured another three points.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were quick out of the blocks in this one as Adams edged them in front on seven minutes.

Miguel Almiron gave away possession on the edge of the box, and Theo Walcott’s neat cut back was fired home by Adams.

The impressive Walcott looked to be on a mission from there as Moussa Djenpo’s flick sent him through, but his effort curled just wide.

The home side continued to push and push Newcastle after the break, as Oriol Romeu’s powerful effort clipped the bar and Jan Bedranek forced a fine stop from Karl Darlow.

With the Magpies unable to muster up a response, Southampton grabbed a deserved second with nine minutes to go.

Again, Newcastle played themselves in trouble as Sean Longstaff gave away the ball in a key area and Scottish international Armstrong tiptoed past Jamal Lasacelles and tucked home.

Newcastle did almost steal a late consolation, but the redundant Alex McCarthy produced a brilliant save from Joelinton.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 2 Newcastle 0

Newcastle seal 2-1 Premier League win at home to Everton

His decision to drop Jordan Pickford dominated the pre match talk, but it will be his misfiring attackers that will be causing him sleepless nights as two goals for Callum Wilson secured three points for the hosts.

Neither side were able to create anything that resembled a goal scoring opportunity in a drab opening half hour on Tyneside.

The only real chance of the first half fell to Magpies talisman Allan Saint-Maximin, after he was sent clear by Wilson, but Toffees debutant Robin Olsen made a brave strop.

But, if the first half failed to catch fire, the second period kicked off with a huge moment of controversy.

Wilson was clipped by Andre Gomes inside the box, and despite any contact appearing accidental, the former Bournemouth man picked himself up and tucked home.

That breakthrough edged Newcastle into the ascendency at St. James’, as Sean Longstaff forced Olsen into another sprawling save.

And with the Blues unable to make any inroads in the closing minutes Bournemouth old boys Wilson and Ryan Fraser linked up inside the box as the England international slid home his eighth of the season.

Everton did conjour up a late consolation as Dominic Calvert-Lewin poked home past Karl Darlow but
Steve Bruce’s side had enough to hold on.

Full Time at St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 2 Everton 1

Newcastle secure late comeback 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolves

Nuno Santo’s side struggled to break down the Magpies, but two goals in the final 10 minutes from Raul Jimenez and Murphy ensured a tense finale.

The home side were bright and busy in the opening stages with Daniel Podence drawing a smart stop from Karl Darlow.

But in truth that was the only real chance in a dull first 45 minutes in the West Midlands.

Wolves did improve slightly after the break with Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves testing Darlow.

However, with the game seemingly drifting to a boring goalless draw Jimenez edged the hosts in front.

Neto’s free kick caused chaos inside the Newcastle box and Jimenez did brilliantly to keep his cool and
power home.

But with just a single goal lead heading into added time, Wolves left the door open for and unlikely Newcastle comeback and Murphy took full advantage as he curled home a superb free kick.

Full Time at Molineux it’s Wolves 1 Newcastle 1