After a series of decent summer investments, Newcastle United headed into the new Premier League season with high expectations.
Seeking their first top-half finish in England’s elite club competition since 2013/14, the Magpies snapped up several eye-catching names in the summer, including Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad.
The 23-year-old has already tallied two goals in three league appearances for Eddie Howe’s side since completing his club-record £58m arrival from La Liga.
However, Isak’s contribution has been undone by Newcastle’s sloppiness at the back as they went into September’s international break languishing in mid-table lethargy.
Stuck in tenth in the Premier League standings, they will have to drastically improve their game for the remainder of 2022 if they are to challenge higher up the table.
With the upcoming Qatar World Cup putting the squeeze on all domestic leagues in Europe, Newcastle will feature in six top-flight matches in October.
A congested fixture schedule next month could determine the course of the Magpies’ season, so if you are interested in attending a Newcastle game, check the Premier League tickets page for more information.
Without further ado, check out all six contests awaiting Howe’s team in October, all of which will be available to watch online via live football streams.
Fulham (A) – October 1
Newcastle’s Premier League action resumes on October 1 as they take a trip to Craven Cottage to take on newly-promoted Fulham in a must-win showdown.
Since a 2-0 beating of the Cottagers’ fellow promoted rivals Nottingham Forest, the Magpies have gone winless in all six subsequent league games (D5, L1).
Despite only losing once this season, the pressure starts to mount on Howe, especially after his men played out a 1-1 home draw with his former employers Bournemouth on the stroke of the international break.
But unlike in their previous Premier League forays, Fulham have shown ambition to defy their status as the archetypal ‘yo-yo’ club, racking up 11 points from their opening seven league outings (W3, D2, L2).
Brentford (H) – October 8
A week after their visit to London, Newcastle will play host to another capital-based side as fellow mid-table strugglers Brentford arrive at St James’ Park on October 8.
The Magpies went undefeated in both last season’s Premier League clashes against Thomas Frank’s team (W1, D1), including an enthralling 3-3 draw in this corresponding fixture.
But the hosts can ill-afford to rest on their laurels, as Brentford’s 4-0 and 5-2 demolitions of Manchester United and Leeds United, respectively, have shown they can pack a punch on their day.
Manchester United (A) – October 16
Speaking of Man Utd, Erik ten Hag’s lads will entertain Newcastle at Old Trafford in a mouth-watering mid-October fixture in the midst of a purple patch.
It looks as if the Red Devils’ humiliation at the Brentford Community Stadium was a wake-up call for the Dutchman’s men, who have since strung together four straight Premier League triumphs.
With Arsenal and Liverpool being among sides to have found themselves on the receiving end of Man Utd’s wrath during that four-game stretch, the Magpies would be better off buckling up for a fight.
Everton (H) – October 19
On paper, Everton’s visit to St James’ Park should be a tonic in this hectic period for Newcastle. Yet the Toffees’ bid to avoid another scary season can turn them into a formidable opposition.
Following an underwhelming six-match winless Premier League start (D4, L2), Frank Lampard’s underachievers eked out a 1-0 home win over West Ham United on the cusp of September’s international break.
After getting the new league campaign up and running, Everton may try to arrest a two-game losing streak on Tyneside and prove that the win over the Hammers was no fluke.
Also See: Our detailed Newcastle v Everton preview and prediction.
Tottenham Hotspur (A) – October 23
It doesn’t get much trickier than this. Newcastle’s trip to north London to meet high-flying Tottenham Hotspur will put the Magpies’ top-half credentials to a stern test.
Spurs headed into the international break as one of only two Premier League sides to go unbeaten in all seven league fixtures this term (W5, D2).
Having guided his side back into the Champions League last season, manager Antonio Conte is hellbent on turning them into the Premier League title candidates.
The Italian has been on the right path so far. Hopefully, Newcastle could put a dent into his effort.
Aston Villa (H) – October 29
October’s Premier League schedule for Newcastle rounds off on home turf to bottom-half strugglers Aston Villa.
Steven Gerrard’s team came out a 1-0 winners in a keenly-contested home clash against Southampton in the previous Premier League round to halt an abysmal run of four winless league games (D1, L3).
However, Newcastle can draw inspiration from their stellar 13-game unbeaten home streak against Villa in the Premier League, including a 1-0 victory in this exact fixture last term.
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