It has been a rocky road for Newcastle fans since Mike Ashley bought the club for £134m in June 2007. Five managers (plus two caretakers), a measly 38.5 per cent win rate in all competitions, relegation to the Championship, Premier League finishing positions of 12th, 18th, 12th, 5th, 16th, and 10th, and a rebranded stadium name that was about as popular as Katie Hopkins’ opinion.
It’s no surprise fans are being driven mad.
Ashley gave John Carver a set of keys to the crazy house in January as Alan Pardew headed off for a more stable life at Crystal Palace, and just two wins in 16 for the new boss has left the Newcastle faithful awaiting the men in white coats.
Carver’s win rate of just 12.5 per cent since taking over will make even the most loyal Geordie wince, and no team in the top flight has a worse record in 2015 than Newcastle. In fact, Blackpool are the only side in the top five divisions in England with a worse record in the calendar year than the Magpies. The Tangerines have picked up just 0.52 points per game in 2015, compared to Newcastle’s mighty haul of 0.6 points a game.
Their form has been breaking your bank balance as well as your heart if you’ve been crazy/loyal enough to back Newcastle every week this season.
- Before January 1 if you had £10 on Newcastle to win every week you’d actually have £37.50 profit. That’s, incredibly, a lovely 20 per cent return on your investment.
- However since John Carver took the reigns you would be down £103 if you stuck a tenner on Newcastle in every game. A wallet-destroying 69 per cent loss on your investment.
- While you would have been down £50 backing Newcastle in the last five games, you’d be up £54.50 doing the same with Leicester. The Foxes have beaten West Ham, West Brom, Swansea and Burnley in the last month.
Leicester’s win over Burnley last week lifted the Foxes out of the drop zone for the first time since November 22, and in the Premier League form table Nigel Pearson’s men are pushing a Europa League spot. Although it’s more pleasant to punch yourself in the face repeatedly than churn out a football cliche, every game is now a cup final for Leicester who are 10/11 favourites to beat Newcastle at the King Power Stadium.
If you’re looking for a bit more bang for your buck, six of Leicester’s eight wins have been by a one goal margin, and it’s 13/5 they beat the Barcodes by a single goal on Saturday. Pearson’s men also have two clean sheets on the spin, while Newcastle have failed to score in four of their last seven games, so Leicester to win 1-0 at 13/2 is as appealing as a 3.00am kebab on the way home from a night on the tiles.
Unfortunately for Newcastle fans, it doesn’t appear like the crazy train is going to get any more enjoyable any time soon…
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