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.

10-man Fulham battle out 1-1 Premier League draw at Newcastle

The Cottagers were forced to play the final stages with ten men, but thanks to some battling spirit, they held on to edge themselves out of the relegation zone.

Both teams created decent chances in bright and breezy opening on Tyneside as former Magpie Aleksandar Mitrovic tested Karl Darlow and Alphonse Areola denied Miguel Almiron.

But with the visitors posing the greater threat, Parker’s team deservedly took the lead before the break.
Tosin Adarabioyo’s towering header from a Lookman corner caught the Newcastle defence flat footed as
Matt Ritchie a bizarre own goal past Darlow.

However, despite struggling to gain a foothold before the break, a rapid Newcastle counter on the hour flipped the tie on its head.

Callum Wilson was too quick for Joachim Anderson, with the Dane shown a straight red for hauling him down inside the box.

And the England hitman kept his calm to confidently slot past Areola.

The impressive Lookman and Joelinton exchanged chances in a frantic final few minutes but in the end neither side had enough to squeeze out a winner.

Full Time on an entertaining night at St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 1 Fulham 1

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

Chelsea cruise to 2-0 Premier League win at Newcastle

Frank Lampard’s side are now unbeaten in over two months in all competitions, as they move to the top of the Premier League table.

The Blues dominated right from kick off at St. James, with Karl Darlow called into early action to deny Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.

And with the traffic all heading in one direction on Tyneside, Chelsea edged in front on 10 minutes.

Mason Mount’s low cross was fizzed into the back post and the unfortunate Federico Fernandez got himself in a real mess to bundle into his own net.

But despite their dominance, Chelsea were unable to build on their advantage before the break, with Werner wasting a brilliant chance.

Lampard’s team kept up the momentum after the break, as Kurt Zouma skidded a header wide from Mount’s corner.

However, with Newcastle unable to take advantage of the situation, the Blues made the game safe with 25 to go.

Werner led a rapid Chelsea counter from inside the Newcastle half and he fed in Abraham to confidently fire past Darlow.

Newcastle almost launched a late rally as Sean Longstaff fired an effort off the bar, and Miguel Almiron tested Edouard Mendy, but they were unable to break the Blues grip.

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Premier League: Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Both sides are feeling the effects of the break though, with injuries and fatigue from travelling set to affect both managers’ team selections.

Steve Bruce is unlikely to be able to call upon Miguel Almiron from the start after he only arrived back from Paraguay on Thursday night, roughly the same time as Thiago Silva landed after being part of Brazil’s World Cup Qualifying campaign.

At 36, Silva is set to miss out as Chelsea embark on three games in seven days, meaning Antonio Rudiger or Andreas Christensen could partner Kurt Zouma at the back for the Blues.

Newcastle have had Jonjo Shelvey back in training for the past few days after a hernia operation, although he’s unlikely to start the game as he regains match fitness, and Ryan Fraser is also out after missing Scotland’s qualification for Euro 2020 with a thigh issue.

There’s better news on Callum Wilson though, who Steve Bruce says is desperate to play after coming off with a hamstring worry in the 2-0 defeat to Southampton before the break. The Magpies boss says if there is a risk with his fitness he won’t play, but has looked comfortable in training for the past few days.

Matt Ritchie could make his return to the squad after a shoulder injury picked up earlier this season, but Paul Dummett remains unavailable despite returning to training over a fortnight ago. Dwight Gayle and Martin Dubravka are both still missing also, with the goalkeeper hopeful of returning before Christmas.

With injuries aplenty, you’d think Bruce would be in favour of the five-sub rule coming into effect like it has in the Football League, but he has explained that he’s not in favour of the rule change, saying he doesn’t think fatigue is the real reason players are picking up injuries.

He went on to explain that he thinks it’s the amount of games being played so quickly that’s the problem. Sounds like something five subs could help with if you ask us Steve…

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard confirmed on Thursday that Christian Pulisic remains out for the trip to Newcastle, despite stepping up his training after a hamstring injury. Kai Havertz is also likely to miss out after only rejoining training late in the week after self-isolating at home for two weeks as a result of exposure to COVID-19.

Ben Chilwell missed England’s win over Iceland with a back injury, but should be fit to start against Newcastle, while Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and N’Golo Kante all came through international games comfortably and will be involved again.

Chelsea will go top of the Premier League table with a win at St James’ Park, ahead of Tottenham vs Man City later on Saturday, and Leicester’s game against Liverpool on Sunday night.

Newcastle will be hoping to repeat last season’s result against the Blues though, when Isaac Hayden’s late header earned them a 1-0 win.

Newcastle United take on Chelsea at St James’ Park on Saturday, November 21st. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.

Almiron’s agent claims he’d have left if it wasn’t for COVID pandemic

Daniel Campos, who represents the 26-year-old, claimed on Paraguayan radio station Futgol 970 that were it not for the global pandemic, he would no longer be at Newcastle, with clubs from Europe looking at the player for a move back in the summer.

Campos hinted that Atletico Madrid were scouting Almiron, who is said to be unhappy with his playing time and style of football at Newcastle.

That’s probably not a surprise, seeing as the former Atlanta United attacking midfielder has been utilised in an unfamiliar 5-3-2 formation in recent weeks, operating in more of a box-to-box role. Add to that the fact that Newcastle have the lowest average possession in the Premier League this season and there’s likely some truth to the rumours of discontent.

At the time of his signing, Almiron was Newcastle’s record transfer at £20.7m, a fee that would be eclipsed six months later by Joelinton’s £40m arrival from Hoffenheim.

Almiron has started four of Newcastle’s eight games this season and despite registering just one assist, is clearly one of Steve Bruce’s most creative players.

The Paraguayan showed that during the international break, winning his country a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Argentina, before missing the game against Bolivia through suspension.

Newcastle did want him to come back before that game, but Paraguay insisted he stayed with the squad and trained with them before flying back to Newcastle on Wednesday.

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.

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Premier League: Southampton vs Newcastle

The Saints could go top of the Premier League if they beat the Geordies, having gone five games unbeaten since losing their opening two.

They’ll have to do it without Ings though, who suffered a knee injury against Aston Villa which is set to keep him out for between four and six weeks. It’s a massive blow to Ralph Hassenhuttl, as Ings has netted more than a third of Southampton’s goals this season. Shane Long and Michael Obafemi are on hand to step into his starting role, while Theo Walcott is another option.

Ings isn’t the only one missing though, as Southampton aim to patch up their side after suffering a bruising encounter with Aston Villa. Jan Bednarek fell heavily under an aerial challenge and is expected to miss out through the Premier League’s concussion protocol. Hassenhuttl also confirmed left-back Ryan Bertrand is also likely to miss out with a thigh injury.

Ibrahima Diallo has a dead leg from a challenge and will also be sidelined, while Mohamed Salisu is training but not expected to be fit enough for the visit of Newcastle, according to his manager.

Newcastle on the other hand are getting a few names back to fitness, having suffered plenty of injury worries in the opening seven games.

Matty Longstaff, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark are all fit for selection after long-term issues, leaving just Dwight Gayle, Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie on the treatment table.

Longstaff’s elder brother Sean has taken the place of Shelvey recently, after the former Swansea man underwent hernia surgery, and is expected to continue alongside Jeff Hendrick and Miguel Almiron in midfield, after the trio played in the win over Everton last weekend.

Callum Wilson will go in search of his seventh goal of the season, as he aims to put the disappointment of missing out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad behind him. There were also calls for Karl Darlow to join the national team, but the England boss explained that in his opinion, no one is pushing his current crop of keepers enough.

A win for Newcastle would send them third in the table ahead of Saturday and Sunday’s games, and keep their unbeaten away run going, having not suffered an away defeat yet this season.

Southampton vs Newcastle United at St Mary’s is on Friday, November 6th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Premier League: Newcastle United vs Manchester United

The two sides are coming off the back of differing domestic results, with the Magpies trying to build on a 3-1 win over Burnley at St James’ Park last time out, while Man United try and bounce back from a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

The same fixture last season was one of Newcastle’s highest points of their campaign, when Matty Longstaff sealed the points with a debut goal in front of the St James’ Park crowd. Fast forward ten months and there will be no crowd to take in the action and possibly no Longstaff either, as he continues to struggle with injury.

Newcastle received a boost during the international break through Allan Saint-Maximin, with the French winger signing an improved deal to keep him at the club until 2026. After Man United’s performance against Spurs last week, he’ll be salivating at the thought of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this weekend.

Steve Bruce will have to patch up his side once more though, with Jamal Lewis, Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Martin Dubravka all sidelined with injuries.

Miguel Almiron played for Paraguay in the week and should be available, while Fabian Schar came through Switzerland’s Nations League games without issue and could come into the starting XI.

As for the visitors, they’ll be without Anthony Martial after his red card against Spurs, while new signing Edinson Cavani is still self-isolating due to COVID-19 precautions. Alex Telles could make his debut after joining from FC Porto.

Axel Tuanzebe could be involved after an ankle injury, and Eric Bailly is also expected to make it, despite suffering a hamstring injury while playing for Ivory Coast.

Harry Maguire’s inclusion will be the main talking point, with the defender’s form being called into question after his performance against Spurs, before another mistake led to a red card during England’s Nations League defeat to Denmark.

Rumours of a bust-up with Bruno Fernandes have been played down by all involved, but all is clearly not right at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United take on Manchester United at St James’ Park on Saturday, October 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Brighton seal 3-0 Premier League win at Newcastle

The Seagulls lost to Chelsea on the opening weekend but two early goals for Neil Maupay on Tyneside means that Graham Potter’s side are now up and running.

Brighton were quick out of the blocks at St.James, and Newcastle, who were so impressive at West Ham last weekend, were the architects of their own downfall.

Allan Saint-Maximin’s rash challenge on Tariq Lamptey resulted in penalty on three minutes, and Maupay stepped up to make no mistake from the spot.

And with Newcastle still getting their breath back from that one, Brighton hit them on the counter five minutes later.

The excellent Lamptey was again at the heart of it as he fed in Leandro Trossard, and with the Magpies defence unable to recover in time, Maupay arrived at the far post to fire home.

That rapid start seemed to stun the hosts, with Steve Bruce’s side clinging on until half time.

Newcastle did show signs of improvement after the break, but their day turned on a crucial chance for Callum Wilson on the hour mark.

Miguel Almiron did well to measure a cross deep into the box, but Wilson was unable to get enough purchase on his header and their key moment was wasted.

That goal woke Brighton out of their mid half funk, with Trossard and Aaron Connolly both firing against the post.

Brighton pushed in the closing stages, and as Newcastle all out of ideas in the final minutes, Connolly curled home a delightful third goal.

Potter’s afternoon did end on a sour note, after Yves Bissouma was sent off, but he’s unlikely to be too concerned as this was three big big points for Brighton.

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