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 By Chris Wright

Newcastle give Rafael Benitez lift-off with dramatic win over Norwich

Newcastle came storming back to pinch a last-gasp 4-3 win over Norwich in the Championship on Wednesday evening thanks to two goals scored in the 95th and 96th minute respectively.

Understandably, the elation was palpable inside St James' Park after the final whistle, with striker Aleksandar Mitrovic encapsulating the triumph by giving manager Rafa Benitez the mother of all bearhugs.

The image was captured by freelance photographer Richard Lee but it wasn't long until the good people of Twitter began...

DeAndre Yedlin settling in nicely at Newcastle after an uncertain start

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes highlights the top American performers this past weekend, with DeAndre Yedlin headlining.
Yedlin scored his first Newcastle goal last week and gets regular minutes off the bench. It's a good sign for the U.S. star.

If DeAndre Yedlin had any doubts about how invested Newcastle United is in his future, they were dispelled immediately after his first training session with the club. Manager Rafa Benitez took Yedlin aside and proceeded to spend 30 minutes with him discussing all manner of topics, from the system Benitez wants to play to Yedlin's place in it.

"I think it's very important to feel wanted at the club," said Yedlin during the recently concluded international break. "And I think just by [Benitez]...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Premier League previews for 2016-17

The 2016-17 Premier League season is nearly upon us. Lots has happened already this summer, so our ESPN FC bloggers take a look at how their teams will fare in the coming campaign.


LEICESTER: Leicester City are the defending Premier League champions. And that sentence still takes some getting used to. Now, they're the team to beat and Claudio Ranieri's men must balance a title defence with Champions League football. Read >> -- Ben Jacobs

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

ESPN FC's predicted Premier League table and writers' picks

The ESPN FC crew debate which team will win the 2016-17 Premier League trophy.

ESPN FC's editorial desk has made its choice for the 2016-17 season, with Manchester City our choice to top in the Premier League.

But who do our writers think will win the title? Who will finish in the coveted Champions League spots? Who are the three clubs who will go down at the end of the season? And which players will finish as top scorer and Player of the Year, respectively?

Gab Marcotti

Top four: 1. Arsenal 2. Manchester United 3. Chelsea 4. Tottenham
Relegated: Hull, Burnley, Crystal Palace

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Despite adding Premier League talent, Newcastle overawed by Championship

Ayoze Perez
Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez could only look on as the Tyneside club lost its first match in the 2016-17 Championship season.

Football supporters are never more optimistic than before a season's opening match. The end of that first 90 minutes, though, can bring sincere deflation, a biting chill of reality. Thing are never as easy as they seem in midsummer. Matt Smith's goal to give Fulham a 1-0 win issued just such an icy blast for Newcastle United.

An estimated 7,000 Newcastle fans had travelled to Craven Cottage, filling the Putney End with a sea of black and white stripes plus plenty of bare chests. They began their...

 By Nick Miller

Rafa Benitez and Newcastle hope to emerge from Championship chaos

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Rafael Benitez is right to remain at Newcastle.

This time last year, Rafael Benitez was preparing his Real Madrid side, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, for a season of challenging for the Champions League and La Liga.

Just 12 months on and trips to Burton and Rotherham that consume Benitez's thoughts, as he readies Newcastle for the hard, relentless slog that is the Championship.

It's not just the presence of Benitez that has made Newcastle the clearest favourites for promotion in years, but more the way the club has gone about its...