After finishing fifth in an astonishing season for Newcastle, many pundits and fans around the country are wondering whether the Magpie’s can better last season's finish and break into the formidable top four.
Alan Pardew’s side have recruited young talent once again and have managed to keep hold of key players which is the reason why most have tipped Newcastle to be the ones to cause an upset to one of the giants of English football.
Many bookies are giving a steady prices of 7/2 for the Toon Army to finish in the top 6, however with teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and the two Manchester teams spending big bucks, it will be a tough for Pardew’s men to improve on their dream season – with many bookies giving in excess of 12/1 for Newcastle to grab fourth spot.
But the Tyneside fans as ever feel optimistic about their team’s chances as they hope the lies of Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba can continue their goal scoring glories and for the players like Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa to continue to supply the goods.
Newcastle finished above Champions League winners Chelsea which many people think will be a one off, with Roberto Di Matteo splashing out on young talents Oscar and Edin Hazard to launch their title push.
Tottenham Hotspur with new coach Andre Villas Boas have also been busy in the transfer market, with close rivals Arsenal bringing in world class talent to prevent the Gunner’s from having yet another trophy less season.
Liverpool owners seem to be backing new manager Brendan Rogers with the surprised signing of Joe Allen for 15 million pounds giving the thoughts to many of whether Liverpool are over spending on average players.
Overall, as Pardew always says United will focus on themselves and will put themselves in the best possible position so that come the end of this much anticipated campaign the Geordie faithful will be able to cheer on their black and white stripes on the biggest European stage.