Relegation odds slashed as Newcastle’s slow start continues

While there wasn’t a whole load of confidence about the club’s first season back in the Premier League after a quiet summer, any optimism the Toon Army might have had has been killed off. Following back-to-back defeats in the league, a strong Newcastle team not only suffered defeat to Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup, they had to go through 120 minutes of football in the process. If there was any doubt that this is going to be a tough campaign, their recent 1-0 loss to fellow newly-promoted club Huddersfield saw the club’s relegation odds significantly shorten. Now priced at around 9/4 with the majority of bookmakers, Rafa Benitez’s team are now among the betting favourites for the drop, and it’s not hard to see where most of the blame will be placed if that does happen.

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Having shown plenty of ambition following relegation into the Championship, not least in keeping Benitez at the club, Newcastle managed to do what they were expected to do and win the league, albeit narrowly. It was then presumed that Mike Ashley, a man often criticised for not dipping his hand in his pocket – at least when it comes to transfers – would show the same sort of ambition he did when Newcastle were relegated. Currently, Newcastle are one of the favourites to sign Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet so there is hope that the club might get one or two new faces in before the window closes but many feel the lack of investment in the summer will ultimately come back to haunt Newcastle this season.

With the transfer window almost over though, the highest-profile signing the club have made is Jacob Murphy, a 22-year old striker who scored nine goals in the Championship for Norwich last year. While a number of solid squad players have been signed by the club, the lack of real proven top flight quality has been evident during the first few weeks of the season. While Newcastle fans shouldn’t be encouraged to place a wager on relegation this early in the campaign, you might want to check out this free bets no deposit info page; you know, just in case. Relegation is a painful experience but it could be somewhat cushioned. The fact is, based on the early signs, Newcastle are behind even those clubs they came up with and really up against it this year.

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Huddersfield might not have dominated the entire 90 minutes during their 1-0 win, but they had enough to come away from the game with the three points. In such a tough league, picking up three points against a fellow relegation contender could end up proving crucial come next May. While the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie, and Dwight Gayle stood out in the Championship, it’s beginning to look as though a lack of quality will end up showing throughout the season. There’s already been plenty of rumours circulating of Benitez making his feelings clear to the club’s board regarding a lack of summer spending and the Spaniard hasn’t looked to be the happiest of campers during the opening few weeks.

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