Newcastle’s December Fixtures preview

Newcastle United have had another decent start to the Premier League season and they are currently 13th on the table with 14 points, seven adrift of leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

The Magpies are relatively safe from the relegation zone with an eight-point advantage and they will be aiming to extend the gap during the congested festive schedule this month.

Steve Bruce’s side won’t be in action against Aston Villa on Matchday 11 as the game was postponed due to multiple COVID-19 cases in their squad, but they could return to action next weekend.

You can watch the following games on live TV or via football streaming sites, depending on your location and TV rights in your region. Here’s a preview of Newcastle United’s December fixtures:

West Bromwich Albion (Home) – December 12:

The Magpies don’t have the best of head-to-head records against the Baggies and have won just one of the previous five league meetings. Ahead of the game, there is a lot of uncertainty over who could be fit, given the outbreak of the coronavirus within the squad. A weakened line-up could benefit the Baggies, who have managed just the solitary triumph since promotion.

Leeds United (Away) – December 16:

Leeds have been one of the most entertaining teams to watch this term with their high pressing and tireless workrate over the course of 90 minutes. They have already picked up points against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City at Elland Road and the Magpies will need to play at their best to get something out of the game.

Fulham (Home) – December 19:

The recent meetings between Fulham and Newcastle have been close affairs and there has been just one goal scored in five of the previous seven meetings. However, we are predicting a much entertaining contest this term as the Cottagers have been pretty open at the back with their style of play under Steve Parker. The Magpies should fancy their prospects of picking up maximum points from the contest.

Brentford (Away, Carabao Cup quarter-final) – December 22:

Brentford have picked up momentum in the Championship and they have won three games on the bounce. While promotion will be their main aim for the season, manager Thomas Frank is bound to pick a strong line-up against the Magpies in the Carabao Cup with a semi-final spot up for grabs for the winner. It is a game which could go either way.

Manchester City (Away) – December 26:

Newcastle have become a bogey club for the Cityzens in recent times and they have picked up four points against them in the last three top-flight meetings. However, all of their success has come at St James’ Park and they have not picked up a point against them on the road since 2006. Bruce’s side will be hoping to end their wretched run at the Etihad Stadium this time around.

Liverpool (Home) – December 30:

Between 2015 and 2017, the Magpies went on a three-game unbeaten run against the Reds (two draws and one win), but they have since suffered five losses on the bounce. They have been mostly outplayed in those meetings and could be up for another tough game. The Magpies will do pretty good to end the year on a winning note.

The Magpies have a testing schedule in December, but they have games against the likes of West Brom and Fulham where they have a good chance of securing maximum points. Hence, they should remain in mid-table in the league at the turn of the year. Elsewhere, a place in the Carabao Cup semi-final could be on the cards. 

Stats from Transfermarkt.com and 11v11.com

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