It’s possible that by the time the 2020/21 Premier League season rolls around – whenever that is – that Newcastle United could go from scrapping from relegation to a team fighting at the opposite end of the table. That is so long as their takeover from the Saudi Arabian consortium is completed, thus ending the 13 year of misery that have reigned in Mike Ashley’s time as owner. Such news has brought obvious excitement to St. James’ Park and the prospect of what their team could look like given they would then boast the richest owners in the Premier League. While money doesn’t guarantee success, takeovers at clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in the last decade or so have resulted in trophies coming their way.
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Newcastle to finish in the Top 6 of the Premier League – 9/2
The Premier League has developed a ‘big 6’ out of the original ‘big 4’ that dominated for much of the 2000s, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur the usual contenders at the top end of the table. All six clubs will be worrying about a seventh being thrown into the mix in Newcastle and if they are able to get things right at St. James Park, it will take a big effort to keep them out of the top six. They are currently priced at 9/2 to break in next season and earn a potential place in Europe, a price that will surely drop if and when the takeover is completed.
Newcastle to finish in the Top 4 of the Premier League – 16/1
Again, this is another price that will surely fall should Mike Ashley finally sell the club. Given the fact that Leicester City look set to finish in the top 4 of the Premier League this season, it shows that Newcastle with the right investment could be more than capable of achieving a Champions League place next term. Admittedly, most will expect the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea to improve next year, but perhaps none of them could have access to the same transfer budget that Newcastle may get. Mauricio Pochettino coming in as manager would only enhance their chances, who got Spurs into the top 4 in each of his last four seasons with the club, finishing 5th in his first campaign as manager.
Newcastle to win the Premier League – 200/1
They couldn’t, could they? When Leicester City win the Premier League at 5000/1 it’s never wise to rule anything out, although they’ve got an enormous amount of work to do to stand any chance. At this moment in time they are 47 points behind leaders Liverpool with nine games left to play. Jurgen Klopp’s men have dropped just five points all season and catching that level of elite performance can’t be done over the course of one summer, no matter how many players you buy. Still, it’s nice for Newcastle supporters to be able to dream once again after a dark decade for their football club.
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