Newcastle United sit bottom of the Premier League table after 14 games with just seven points. They are winless since the start of the campaign. Newcastle’s recent takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium has virtually transformed them into the richest football club in the world. But is money enough to stop the North England giants from getting relegated?
Eddie Howe’s appointment as manager followed Steve Bruce’s departure and brought some fresh air around St. James’ Park. But there was no sign of major improvement result-wise, as Newcastle drew twice and lost once since Howe took charge last month.
Despite their lackluster form in the Premier League, Newcastle are just six points away from safety. With 13 points from 14 games, Watford is the first team above the red area.
Newcastle could end up having as much as $150 million to spend in the January transfer window, but they need to hit the ground running and start winning fast in order to avoid a dramatic outcome to their season.
Newcastle are at -190 to get relegated
In Premier League history, only four sides have failed to win any of their first 14 games during a season. Before Newcastle, it happened to Swindon in 1993/94, QPR in 2012/13 and Sheffield United in 2020/21. They all ended getting relegated at the conclusion of the season. At -455, only Norwich are doing worse than Newcastle in the bookies’ list for a nightmare finish in May. The Magpies second Norwich at -190, with Watford next on the favorites’ list at -125.
Newcastle are also at +275 to finish bottom of the Premier League table. Only Norwich is doing worse, at +120. A bet on Newcastle staying up returns +130, while a miracle top 10 presence earns +3,500.
“They are absolutely desperate to get that first win, that’s what I’ve seen,” Howe said about his players ahead of the game with Burnley on Saturday.
“We’ve seen a start of how we want to go about things and seen the players implement what we asked them to do,” Howe added.
🗣️ "They are absolutely desperate to get that first win"
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Newcastle host Burnley on Saturday and dream of their first win since beating Fulham in May. Newcastle are at +130 to beat Burnley, with the visitors at +210 and a draw at +230.