Newcastle United have made significant progress since Eddie Howe was appointed manager in November 2021.
The Magpies were struggling when Howe first arrived at the club, but he led them to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League table.
Newcastle are in a great position to finish in the top four this term after enjoying an impressive run of form.
They are currently just two points off Tottenham Hotspur but five points ahead of Liverpool in the table. We look at Newcastle’s fixtures in April.
Manchester United – April 2 (H)
Newcastle had a brilliant chance to break their trophy drought when they made it to the Carabao Cup final.
However, their dreams were shattered as they lost 2-0 to Manchester United with goals coming from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford.
Revenge will likely be on their mind when they host United at St James’ Park, but getting a good result will be difficult.
West Ham United – April 5 (A)
West Ham have endured a disappointing campaign and fighting to survive in the Premier League.
David Moyes has failed to deliver results at the London Stadium despite being heavily backed in the summer transfer window.
However, the Hammers have stuck with him, probably because no other managers would be willing to take the job at this stage.
West Ham played out a 1-1 draw the last time they met Newcastle, and another close encounter is on the cards here.
Brentford – April 8 (A)
Brentford are aiming for another strong finish in the Premier League after they secured a 13th-placed finish last season.
They are eighth in the standings and have a good chance of playing European football next term.
However, the Bees suffered a heavy 5-1 loss to Newcastle the last time they met in the Premier League.
Thomas Frank’s side will aim to do better in the rematch at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Aston Villa – April 15 (A)
Unai Emery has unlocked the potential of Aston Villa’s squad after he was appointed as manager in October last year.
Their impressive run of form has seen them climb to 11th position, 14 points above the relegation zone.
Newcastle registered an emphatic 4-0 win over Villa in October, but they will likely find things tougher in the reverse fixture.
Tottenham Hotspur – April 23 (H)
Antonio Conte went berserk at his players after they conceded two late goals to suffer a disappointing 3-3 draw at Southampton.
The Italian boss called his players ‘selfish’ in his post-match press conference.
But despite Conte’s frustrations, Spurs remain in contention to finish in the top four. Newcastle won’t find this game easy, but it is winnable.
Everton – April 27 (A)
Eddie Howe’s side edged the home encounter 1-0 against Everton in October, with Miguel Almiron scoring the decisive goal.
The Magpies will travel to Merseyside in April, hoping to claim a double over them.
However, the Toffees have improved under Sean Dyche and could be tough opponents at Goodison Park.
Southampton – April 30 (H)
Southampton are currently bottom of the Premier League table. However, they have claimed some positive results recently to boost their hopes of surviving in the richest league.
Newcastle must avoid complacency when they meet Southampton at the end of April, even though they have defeated the Saints three times this season.
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