VIDEO – Eddie Howe’s tactics and philosophy | Newcastle | Premier League 2022/23 | Tactical Analysis
One of the surprises is Eddie Howe‘s Newcastle United, standing third in the league with 35 points. Having already played against five of the traditional top six clubs in Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and most recently Chelsea, they have picked up two wins, two draws and one loss. This is already a better record in comparison with their performance against the top six clubs last season, having only won once.
Nonetheless, Eddie Howe’s results against the top six are not the only thing we should be appreciating about Newcastle United this season. With only 11 goals conceded in the competition, they are tied with Arsenal for the least goals conceded in the Premier League season so far. This time last season, after fifteen games, they conceded more than double the amount with 30 goals.
Their xG against is 27. if they conceded 27 goals they would have had the third most goals conceded. With 29 goals scored, they are not one of the top goalscoring teams, so we can see that the reason for their high standing is indeed their defence and goalkeeper.
In this tactical analysis, in the form of a team scout report, let us take look at how their back line is structured, Eddie Howe’s tactics used to defend in different situations and how the whole team, from the striker to the goalkeeper, plays a part in stopping their opposition. It will essentially be an analysis of why Newcastle’s defence is so good.