Newcastle United - no relegation, but expect trouble off the pitch this season

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After a near disastrous campaign last season which saw the Magpies narrowly avoid relegation, things appear to be on the up for Newcastle this coming term.

With the Premier League season just one week away, 13 of our football pundits have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive set of predictions.

Each pundit predicted where each Premier League club will finish the season, with 20 points for the club predicted to finish 1st, down to 1 point for the club finishing bottom.

We then added up all the points and:

Our Verdict - Newcastle United will finish 14th

Highest prediction: 8th, Lowest prediction: 17th

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

Gareth McKnight: 8th - I expect Newcastle to be a lot better than last term, and if they can get a striker to partner Cisse they can finish in the top half. Cabaye is a key man.

Jamie Allen: 10th - Can’t have a worse season than last year; new signings bed in creating a solid mid table campaign. Lost without Papiss Cisse.

Jenny Leigh: 10th - I think not having the Europa League will help Pardew this term – the Magpies will be more focused and determined and St James’ will be a tough ground to go to again. New additions will boost the squad and hopefully they won’t suffer as much with injuries.

Vincent Ralph: 11th - If the Magpies keep their current squad together and make a couple more additions, they have the potential to finish much higher. Last season could well be a blip swiftly forgotten if they are savvy in the transfer market and everyone plays to their ability. But this is Newcastle, so God knows what will happen.

Dan Coombs: 12th - Expecting to emulate the success of two seasons ago is going to be a stretch for Newcastle, who have barely made an impact in the transfer market this summer. Behind the scenes drama is likely to be their undoing.

Graham Morris: 12th - Was 2011/12 a flash in the pan ? Was 2012/13 sabotaged by a lengthy European campaign ? Expect to see the answers very soon.

Vic Daniels: 13th - No danger of relegation this term, but the fans expect more than a pedestrian season - which is what they will get.

Ian Bolland: 16th - They’ll be dragged into a relegation scrap, but will survive. Expect fireworks off the pitch.

Alan Dawson:16th - St James’ can be a tricky away fixture for visiting teams, but Newcastle can still beturned over by better teams, no matter where they play. Reinforcements are essential if they are to bounce back from a disappointing season last year.

Callum Farrell: 16th - A combination of no campaign in Europe and hopefully not as many devastating injuries as last year will make it easier for them to stay in the Premier League, but Newcastle don't have enough quality be sure of safety come May.

Mathew Nash: 16th - QPR proved last season that you can have all the best players but still be a poor team. There seems to be something untoward going on in the North East and for that reason I genuinely think The Toon will struggle early on - but just have enough to survive.

Lewis Doe: 17th - Don’t expect fireworks from Newcastle United. They are far too big a club to be involved in a relegation scrap, but that’s exactly what could happen unless they start adding depth and firepower to their squad.

Nick Harris: 17th - Although there are plenty of excellent players at Newcastle United, the uneasy situation behind the scenes at the club will take its toll, and they could be involved in another relegation scrap next season.

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

Where do you think Newcastle United will finish ?

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