Newcastle come into this league on the back of a highly successful Championship campaign, where they finished the season as Championship winners.

It was a huge season of expectation for Newcastle, who had just been relegated from the Premier League and were expected to storm the Championship.

They were the biggest spenders in the league, having kept the majority of the Premier League squad and added some quality to the ranks as well.

This season will be a huge challenge for Newcastle, especially given the fans level of expectation but with Benitez, they have an excellent manager.

The main aim for Newcastle will be Premier League survival, with promoted clubs not necessarily going well in past seasons.

Premier League

Newcastle's opening fixture of this brand new Premier League campaign is against Spurs on Sunday 13th August, at St. James' Park.

Their next four fixtures are:

 

Huddersfield (A) 20th August

West Ham (H) 26th August

Swansea (A) 10th September

Stoke (H) 16th September

 

This will be a mixed set of opening fixtures for the Magpies, with an opening fixture against Tottenham a tough assignment.

Rafa Benitez's side will be confident of securing points in all of those fixtures though, especially given the result in their last PL game against Spurs.

They finished top of the Championship last season, narrowly beating Brighton on the final day of fixtures to secure top spot.

Huddersfield registered 29 wins during their last campaign ending the season with 94 points, one point more than second placed Brighton.

This season was an improvement on the 2015/16 campaign, where they won 9 matches and registered 37 points, finished in 18th place.

They have had a period of stability since then, with Rafa Benitez leading the charge for promotion and having amassed a wealth of managerial experience at top clubs, he will be vital in ensuring their survival.

 

Cup Football

As well as consolidating their position in the Premier League, Newcastle should be looking for a successful cup run as well.

They enjoyed an impressive campaign in last years EFL Cup, narrowly losing to Hull on penalties in the quarter-finals.

Newcastle endured a far less successful FA Cup run, ultimately losing 3-0 to Oxford in the third round.

This is easily an area for improvement especially to appease their fans, but they will be concentrating on consolidating their Premier League status.

Transfer Activity

Newcastle will need to add some quality to their existing squad if they are to survive in the Premier League.

They have already completed several signings, but none of them have vast amounts of Premier League experience.

 

Javier Manquillo is the only player there with Premier League experience, albeit with Sunderland and Liverpool.

Mikel Merino is on Tyneside for a medical, ahead of a proposed move from Borussia Dortmund.

Rafa Benitez is preferring to sign players from across Europe rather than tried and test Premier League players.

 

Transfers In: Florian Lejeune (Eibar), Javi Manquillo (Atletico Madrid), Jacob Murphy (Norwich City), Stefan O'Connor (Unassigned) and Josef Yarney (Unassigned).

Transfers Out: Sammy Ameobi (Unassigned), Vurnon Anita (Unassigned), Yoan Gouffran (Goztepe), Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest), Lubomir Satka (DAC Dunajská Streda) and Haris Vuckic (FC Twente).

One To Watch

Dwight Gayle is the one to watch for Newcastle this season.

The former Crystal Palace man was instrumental in Newcastle's promotion season, scoring 23 Championship goals.

It will be very interesting to see how he copes in the Premier League this season, he is Newcastle's main front man.

If Newcastle are to stay in the league his goals will be absolutely crucial.

Betting Tips

To win the 17/18 Premier League outright @ 750/1

To be relegated from the Premier League @ 7/2

To win the Carabao Cup 17/18 @ 40/1

To win the FA Cup 17/18 @ 40/1

 

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