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FPL team guides: Newcastle United – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Our 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team profiles are rattling along at terrifying leg speeds and we’ve now reached Newcastle United.

The Eddie Howe era is all we’re focusing on here as we look at the data from when the current Newcastle boss was appointed, ahead of Gameweek 12 in 2021/22.

From our selection of the best players for the upcoming season to a predicted line-up for Gameweek 1, we’ll dissect the Magpies in detail.

You can check out our Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth analysis in our Promoted series.

Data in this article comes from our Premium Members Area, which you can access with a discounted subscription for as little as £2.49 a month today.

FPL pre-season: Trossard hits hat-trick from wing-back role 1

LAST SEASON: ATTACK

GAMEWEEK 12 ONWARDS
TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored3213th
Shots33110th
Shots in the box20013th
Shots on target11510th
Big chances3716th
Expected goals (xG)33.6615th

While the above numbers don’t leap off the page, it’s worth noting that the Steve Bruce era finished with Newcastle ranked 18th for shots in the box and 19th for shots on target, xG and big chances.

Howe oversaw a modest upturn in attacking output, without it being a spectacular U-turn.

It’s fair to say that the defensive acquisitions in the winter transfer window had more of a transformative effect than the players further forward, with Chris Wood (£6.0m) a willing target-man but ultimately scoring just two goals after his arrival.

Bruno Guimaraes (£6.0m), ironically not brought in for his goalscoring, was much more of a success, finding the net on five occasions in the run-in. No-one scored as many league goals under Howe as the Brazilian, despite his mid-season arrival, which says a great deal and likely why a winger and a striker remain priority targets.

LAST SEASON: DEFENCE

GAMEWEEK 12 ONWARDS
TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded3811th=
Clean sheets86th=
Shots conceded3539th
Shots in the box conceded2379th=
Shots on target conceded1098th
Big chances conceded6014th
Expected goals conceded (xGC)40.6610th

An abject Newcastle were in the bottom two for clean sheets, goals conceded, big chances conceded and clean sheets until Howe was appointed.

The defensive improvements were slow and steady, as the struggling Magpies kept just one clean sheet in Howe’s first nine matches in charge.

Some astute January transfer window captures helped turn the ship around, with three-quarters of the backline – Dan Burn (£4.5m), Matt Targett (£5.0m) and Kieran Trippier (£5.0m) – overhauled.

To say it was only Saudi money responsible for the subsequent purple patch is unfair, however, as Howe revitalised the flagging careers of Fabian Schar (£4.5m), Emil Krafth (£4.5m) and laughing-stock-turned-valued-midfield-shield Joelinton (£6.0m).

From Gameweek 24 onwards (after the transfer window had closed), Newcastle were the Premier League’s sixth-best team in the division for minutes per xGC and goals per game conceded. Only three goals were conceded in their final seven matches at St. James’ Park, too.

That should provide encouragement for the new season, then, particularly as the backline has been further strengthened with the capture of Sven Botman (£4.5m) and Nick Pope (£5.0m).


FPL pre-season: Trossard hits hat-trick from wing-back role 2

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  1. revelc
    • 3 Years
    4 days, 13 hours ago

    Hi all!

    G2G? 3-5-2

    Ward (Sanchez)
    TAA - trippier - Justin (Cresswell - n williams)
    Salah - KDB - Neto - Bailey - Martinelli
    Kane - Jesus (Greenwood)

    1. luk46
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      I‘d upgrade Justin for sure

    2. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Double Leicester defence?

      Sounds like a cheese.

    3. Ooh Ah Cantona
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 12 hours ago

      Great threeium. Justin came out firing too, pre injury.

  2. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 days, 13 hours ago

    Pick one

    a. saka rashford
    b. mount martinelli +0.5m

    1. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Mount/Saka ± Trossard/ASM/JWP

    2. luk46
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      prefer B

  3. Big Mac
    • 10 Years
    4 days, 13 hours ago

    Any thoughts? Keen on Sterling as something a bit different.

    Ederson / Ward
    Trent / Dias / Perisic / Trippier / Neco
    Salah / Sterling / Martinelli / Bailey / Andreas
    Kane / Jesus / Greenwood

    1. Big Mac
      • 10 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      *Dias is actually Reece James currently

    2. luk46
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      not bad, but I think Sanchez + Cancelo > Ederson + Dias

    3. Ady87
      • 8 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      I like it

  4. Bggz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 days, 13 hours ago

    Does NWilliams start?

    1. luk46
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      ye, definitely

    2. YEAH PITCH!
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Yes

  5. tigershark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 days, 13 hours ago

    Saka and BrunoG or
    Martinelli and Diaz

    1. luk46
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      latter

    2. YEAH PITCH!
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      B

  6. Hunting for points
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 days, 13 hours ago

    0 itb. Any changes needed?

    Sanchez / Ward
    TAA / Cancelo / Robbo / Trippier / N.Williams
    Salah / Mount / Martinelli / Neto / Andreas
    Kane / Jesus / Archer

    1. luk46
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      almost similar teams, got Ramsdale and Bailey myself, I like!

  7. jwilliams
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Rashy or Reece James

      1. YEAH PITCH!
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        RJ

    • YEAH PITCH!
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      A) Ben White

      B) Saliba

      1. luk46
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        avoid territory

        1. YEAH PITCH!
          • 3 Years
          4 days, 12 hours ago

          Who do you like at 4.5?

    • ATXHorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Thoughts on my team.

      Ward, Iverson
      TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, White, Neco
      Salah, Mount, Rashford, Martinelli, Andreas
      Kane, Jesus, Greenwood

      1. luk46
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        6.5/10

      2. YEAH PITCH!
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 12 hours ago

        8

    • Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Which trio scores more? Swinging towards B, as it also offers a better squad structure away from threemium.

      A) Kane, Walker, White
      B) Mount (or other 8.0), Cancelo, James

      1. luk46
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        B clear

      2. Boz
        • 10 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        B

    • tim_oriordan
      • 7 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Hello all. Currently on this team with 0.5m in the bank. My question is would you keep it the way it is, or sell Sanchez for Iversen which allows me to upgrade one of my 4.5 attackers to someone like Undav or Gelhardt?

      Ward
      Trent, Robertson, James, Perisic
      Salah, Saka, Mount, Martinelli, Neto
      Kane

      Sanchez, N.Williams, Archer, Stansfield

      1. luk46
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        keep it as it is

      2. Boz
        • 10 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        I'd keep Sanchez

        1. tim_oriordan
          • 7 Years
          4 days, 13 hours ago

          Okay, thank you both

    • Boz
      • 10 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Bowen is such an irritating price. If he was 8.0 he'd be straight in my team

      1. luk46
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        really good player, makes things a bit easier as well tho 😀

        1. Boz
          • 10 Years
          4 days, 13 hours ago

          Mad how low his ownership is for a 8.5 200+ point player

          Can't wait for him to score a brace against ManC and see the scramble to get him in

          1. luk46
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 13 hours ago

            would love that from any perspective! I think he’s gonna get bought at some point, especially if he continues his form from last year ofc

    • The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      James or Perisic?

      1. Boz
        • 10 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        J

    • DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Looking at one of three below what do you think?

      A. James
      B. Trippier
      C. Doherty

      Thanks

      1. Boz
        • 10 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        J

    • revelc
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Any thoughts? Bit worried about no KDB/Haaland…

      3-5-2

      Ward (Sanchez)
      TAA - trippier - Cancelo (Dalot - neco)
      Salah - Mount - Neto - Bailey - Diaz
      Kane - Jesus (Greenwood)

      1. Boz
        • 10 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        It's good. If you will want Haaland for GW2 then have him from the start

    • FPL_Humperdoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Didn't realise it was a Friday deadline 😯

      One more day until we pass our papers to the front desk.

      Tick tock.

      1. Boz
        • 10 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        Bring on the chaos tomorrow afternoon

        1. FPL_Humperdoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 days, 12 hours ago

          When I started playing I actually had to physically hand in my paper to the front desk. Was doing paper FPL.

          Was still chaos back then with people frantically comparing teams, deciding between Shearer or Henry...

      2. lilmessipran
        • 9 Years
        4 days, 11 hours ago

        Cant wait to comment "Pants down" as soon as the deadline hits

    • Wheato182
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 13 hours ago

      Which one guys?

      A. Pope + Zinchencho
      B. Ramsdale + Trippier

      1. Wrigs
          4 days, 13 hours ago

          Of those I’d go B

        • tim_oriordan
          • 7 Years
          4 days, 12 hours ago

          I think Pope and Trippier are better than the others. But double Newcastle would seem overkill, so I'd just about say B

      2. Wrigs
          4 days, 13 hours ago

          A) Leicester GKS and James
          B) Ramsdale Trippier

          A or B?

          1. Wheato182
            • 9 Years
            4 days, 12 hours ago

            B

        • Twisted Melon
          • 7 Years
          4 days, 13 hours ago

          Perisic or Neto?

          1. Wheato182
            • 9 Years
            4 days, 12 hours ago

            Neto

        • tibollom
          • 5 Years
          4 days, 13 hours ago

          currently on Kane.. but no Haaland does worry me.. would appreciate arguments from those who have one or the other 🙂

          1. Ady87
            • 8 Years
            4 days, 12 hours ago

            City won’t play Liverpool every week, if he bullies fodder that’s fine, the leagues full of it.

            1. tibollom
              • 5 Years
              4 days, 12 hours ago

              so basically Haaland instead of Kane..

          2. HollywoodXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 days, 12 hours ago

            Kane GW1. Haaland GW2.

        • Ady87
          • 8 Years
          4 days, 12 hours ago

          Current team. £1m ITB

          Ward
          TAA James Walker White
          Salah Diaz Mount Martinelli
          Haaland Jesus

          Subs : Template

          Diaz could move to a City mid GW 2 when we know more, or could punt Kulu GW1 (who saved my season last year).

          Thoughts?

          1. tibollom
            • 5 Years
            4 days, 12 hours ago

            good team, only reservation would be White...

          2. tibollom
            • 5 Years
            4 days, 12 hours ago

            punt on Kulu would give you some Spurs cover..

        • HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 days, 12 hours ago

          Team locked in barring injuries. GTG?

          Ramsdale
          Trent Robbo Cancelo James Perisic
          Salah Martinelli Bailey
          Kane Jesus

          Ward Neto Andreas Archer

        • arkom
          • 5 Years
          4 days, 12 hours ago

          Which of these Arsenal 4,5£ def. is best option to go?

          WHITE, SALIBA or TOMIYASU?

          1. Shark
            • 2 Years
            4 days, 12 hours ago

            I was on Saliaba until I went Zinchenko.

        • SILENTWAR
          • 8 Years
          4 days, 12 hours ago

          Maddison or Mount?

          1. DavvaMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 12 hours ago

            Mount.

        • Dollyems15
            4 days, 12 hours ago

            Luis Diaz or Darwin nunez?

            1. Dollyems15
                4 days, 12 hours ago

                Should add it would be Luis Diaz and martial or nunez and Pedro neto?
                Thoughts

            2. revelc
              • 3 Years
              4 days, 11 hours ago

              A) Sterling + martinelli

              Or

              B) Mount + diaz

            3. Colin Govender
              • 5 Years
              4 days, 10 hours ago

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