Newcastle Premier League 2022-23 live stream, how to watch: Eddie Howe key to cash-in turnaround

Newcastle Premier League 2022-23 live stream, how to watch: Eddie Howe key to cash-in turnaround

Newcastle is a before and after story. The biggest part of the before and after is the new sports laundry Saudi Arabian ownership. Along with that, however, comes the before and after of the manager they employed, Eddie Howe. Their great escape from relegation is the likes of which little the Premier League has ever seen, and that is without spending significant money in January due to Financial Fair Play concerns. Before Howe’s relegation with Bournemouth in 2020 it looked like he might have the inside track on the next top-six job opening, but ended up taking over a year away from coaching before Newcastle came knocking.

It was a risky move for Howe and the Magpies as they looked set for relegation at the time, but he took them up on their offer. Newcastle were stuck in the relegation zone with Norwich City and Burnley, both of whom would later fall victim to the fall at the end of the season. Newcastle seemed unaffordable when Howe was appointed in November. Joint bottom of the league on just five points, they were winless in their first 11 games and scored just 12 goals while conceding the second most in the league with 24.

Howe’s first proper game was a 2-0 loss against Arsenal, but the improvement could be seen immediately as the Gunners only managed six shots on target compared to Newcastle’s five in the game. From there Newcastle would go on to tear up picking up 44 under Howe to finish 11th in the Premier League. Howe switches to a 4-3-3 and converts Joelinton to a hard-working midfielder helped strengthen the defense and their place in the Premier League. It is no wonder that on the eve of the new season, Newcastle announced that they were giving their manager one cool new expansion.

Transfers make the world go round

With only modest additions, Newcastle were in line with the top four to end the season, which is why they are one of the trendy choices to crash the European party this year. Saint James’ Park was rocking as supporters could feel the magic and remember their last European appearances in the 2012-13 Europa League. In January, the Magpies made 4.5 additions in Bruno Guimaraes, Chris Wood, Dan Burn, Kieran Trippier and Matt Targett. Trippier missed most of last season with a foot injury he picked up in February, but that didn’t stop Newcastle picking up the fourth most points in the league in 2022 with 38.

Led by their defense allowing just 20 goals in 2022, good for the fifth-best figure in the Premier League, Newcastle laid a foundation for what could be a strong coming season. They have placed more emphasis on the back line Sven Botmanand getting Matt Targett’s loan move away Aston Villa permanently as he brings in Nick Pope to play behind them, but Newcastle are also learning that buying goalscorers is easier said than done.

Hugo Ekitike looked set to move to Tyneside but PSG swooped in at the last minute to secure the talented youngster’s signature. For a Newcastle team looking to get into the Champions League now, they quickly find that they either have to pay superior transfer fees or wages to compete with the traditional European powers, and even then, teams with a history of competing at it the highest levels are likely to win out.

They do not give up making a statement to follow Guimaraes whom they are now chasing James Maddison. If he did make a move, he would likely man the right wing in a front three with Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin give Newcastle an attack that can compete with West Ham and Manchester in the hunt for the best united in the Premier League. Leicester are not hesitating as they demand more than the £50m that Newcastle have offered.

If the Magpies can get a top striker into the team, their European prospects will increase, but with Howe and a strong defense in tow, what they have done is raise the floor by making the team difficult to break down. Wilson and Saint-Maximin would give the team plenty to rest on, but a third goalscorer is needed sooner rather than later. It’s just hard to do when the team has no real income, because payouts only go on free transfers.

Defense means everything

Given Newcastle’s set-up, it is difficult to see them falling below tenth in the league even if Howe’s success last season was due to a sustained new manager bounce. The defense of Trippier, Botman, Burn and Targett will be one of the better shields outside the top six, and that’s while protecting England international Nick Pope. It may take some time for Botman to transition from Littleespecially as he will be one of the slower centre-backs in the Premier League, but he knows how to position himself to avoid being caught in situations where a striker has an advantage.

Good on the ball and strong in the air, Botman and Burn are a formidable pair in the middle, while also offering Trippier goals for set pieces. With the five at the top of their game, if the attack is average, Newcastle will be more than okay. But making Europe is probably out of their hands depending on how West Ham and Manchester United perform during the season. West Ham must overcome depth concerns to maintain their place in the top eight, but a slip-up could see Newcastle move into a Europa Conference League spot which would be a significant step forward for the team.

When Manchester United bring in Erik ten Hag, Howe will hope that the transition to a new style of play leads to United slipping to new lows and producing another team that Newcastle can pass. If they look to be on the cusp of a European place heading into the second half of the season, Newcastle not having heavy World Cup commitments could work in their favor to hit the ground running for another strong second half. Bringing in Dan Ashworth from Brighton as their new sporting director means they will also be able to make more smart decisions in the transfer market going forward. A good January signing could be the difference between a top-half finish and reaching Europe, so it wouldn’t be surprising for Newcastle to be aggressive.

Howe is at the helm and the team is behind him. Everyone just needs to stay healthy. Injuries are the biggest thing that could come in Newcastle’s way, with Wilson, Saint-Maximin and Trippier all missing significant time last year. If they go down again, the team could slip in the table, but at full strength Newcastle are knocking on the door of the big six and they will be able to crash the party sooner rather than later.

Bold predictions

  • Premier League finish: 8th place
  • Top scorer: Callum Wilson
  • Player of the season: Nick Pope
  • Something unexpected: Kieran Trippier scores more goals than registered assists.

How to watch and odds

  • Date: Saturday 6 August | Time: 10 a.m. ET
  • placement: St. James’ Park — Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • TV: None | Live streaming: peacock
  • Odds: Newcastle -155; Draw +280; Nottingham Forest +450 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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