Newcastle United have suffered a torrid run of results that sees them without a win in their last six fixtures in all competitions. Whilst the 1-1 draw at home to Maritimo in the Europa League proved enough to secure a place in the Last 32, they will need to find a win against Bordeaux in France to earn top place and an easier draw in the knockout stages. Meanwhile, their Premier League form has seen them slip down to fourteenth place, and just three points off the relegation zone. The 2-0 loss at Southampton on Sunday made it three league defeats in a row, after they also suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea City and 1-0 at home to West Ham United in previous weeks.
Alan Pardew will be keen to end his team's winless streak when they face Stoke City at the Brittania Stadium tonight, with the Geordies taking all six points from the Potters last season including a 3-1 win in this same fixture. St James Park then plays host to Wigan Athletic on Monday night, before the long trip down to London to face Fulham the following Monday night. Between those two Monday matches, Newcastle United will be looking to secure an easier route in Europe as they travel to face Europa League group leaders Bordeaux, with Alan Pardew no doubt keen to avoid any potential Last 32 meeting with Champions League drop outs who finished third in their groups. That said, we can expect a weakened Newcastle United side as their domestic performances are becoming increasingly important as they search for their fourth league win of the season.
Tyne Time have all the reaction and analysis to the dire performance in the 2-0 loss at St Marys against struggling Southampton, and there's reaction to the disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to West Ham United.
Nothing But Newcastle mark the first year anniversary of the tragic death of Gary Speed, and there's reaction to the Premier League defeats at home to Swansea City and away to Southampton.
Black & White & Read All Over reflect on the latest injury woes for Alan Pardew's team, there's an amusing look at Joey Barton's post match chat in Marseille, and there's reaction to the awful 2-0 loss at Southampton.
Finally a big shoutout to The Mag who sit fourteenth in our Top Blogs Ranking this month as the best of our Newcastle United Top Blogs!