Joey Barton makes prediction about Newcastle United

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton believes that Newcastle United will be able to claim the Championship title this season.

Newcastle United are considered as overwhelming favourites to claim the 2016/17 Championship title and understandably so.

The Magpies have spent close to £50 million on quality new players such as Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley among others and they arguably possess the best overall squad in the Championship at the moment.

That being said, Newcastle did not get their campaign off to the best of starts after falling to an extremely disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Fulham in the Championship opener at Craven Cottage on Friday night.

The defeat was a timely reminder to Newcastle that earning promotion this season will not be a walk in the park and it goes without saying that Rafael Benitez’s men will have to work extremely hard in order to earn a place back into the Premier League.

Nonetheless, Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is not looking too much into Newcastle’s defeat against Fulham though and has stated that the Magpies should be able to claim the Championship title this season.

Taking to social media website Twitter, Barton posted,