Here we go again . the doom and gloom that always hits St James' Park during pre-season has arrived by the shit-load! Joey Barton has never been one to shy away from an opinion but his latest comments have got the punters studying the Premier League betting taking notes. A pre season friendly defeat to Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday left Barton fuming and the midfielder took to Twitter to voice his displeasure. So much was his rant . Mike Ashley says any club that wants him can take him for FREE! Newcastle have dropped to 4/1 to get relegated, and while too much shouldn’t be read into pre-season betting, Alan Pardew is running out of excuses to dispell the worries. Fiorentina arrive at St James’ Park on Saturday for Newcastle’s final pre-season friendly before the start of the new season and it gives Pardew one final chance to assess his best side ahead of their opening fixture with Arsenal. Arsenal are 5/6 to win at St James’ Park with Newcastle following that with a trip to Mackemland!