Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benitez: 'Massive' Week for Magpies

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benitez: 'Massive' Week for Magpies

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Byline: Chris Waugh Sports writer chris.waugh@ncjmedia.co.uk

RAFA Benitez admits Newcastle United successive home matches are "massive" - and will be crucial in helping the Magpies achieve his stated aim of 20 points by the midway point of the campaign.

The Magpies have lost five of their last six Premier League matches and have won only once in 10 games.

Such form has seen United fall to 15th place in the top flight, with 15 points - just five above the relegation zone - and has ensured the back-toback home matches coming up inside the next week have taken on additional importance.

Newcastle host Leicester City at St James' Park in the teatime kick-off on Saturday, before Everton visit Tyneside next Wednesday evening.

Both sides suffered difficult starts to the season but, after sacking their managers and bringing in replacements, both the Foxes and the Toffees have had upturns in form which has seen them move into the top half of the table. …

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