With Nottingham Forest going down 2-1 at Barnsley last night, Newcastle have a chance to go 12 points clear of Forest, with a win against Scunthopre tonight.
And if the lads do manage to get a win tonight, Newcastle will still have a game in hand on Nottingham Forest and could therefore presumably go 15 points clear of Forest.
And Newcastle’s goal difference is +40 compared to Nottingham Forest’s +20.
With so many injuries in the Newcastle squad right now it will be difficult to know who will start tonight, especially in defense.
The big doubt is Coloccini, who had a dead leg on Saturday, and there’s not been too much news on the Argentine, but we’ll assume he will start tonight.
Both Wayne Routledge and Jose Enrique are also both fit for tonight’s game, and we’ll assume Hughton will start both players, in a very attacking line-up.
Here’s the side we think Chris will start tonight:
Simpson Coloccini Hall Enrique
Routledge Nolan Guthrie Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Kadar Taylor (R) Butt Pancrate Best Ranger
That’s a very strong attacking line-up and the bench is strong too.
It’s a bit of tough luck on young Tamas Kadar, who has played well in the last two games, and may find himself back on the bench again tonight.
We expect Newcastle to come out like a steam train tonight, not only to go for the win, but also improve our goal difference.
But the lads cannot be over-confident. This is a game Newcastle are expected to win easily, but in the past we’ve sometimes been vulnerable when the opposition is weak.
But we would expect, or at least hope, that’s not the case tonight.
On the Scunthorpe side of things in their 18 away games this season they’ve won just 3 and lost 12 – so they should be ready for the taking against an in-form Newcastle side.
They’ve got 26 of their 38 points on home soil this season, including 3 against Newcastle last October of course.
Michael O’Connor returns from a three-match ban, but Cliff Byrne starts a five-match suspension after receiving his third red card of the season at Ipswich.
Scunthorpe lost that game 1-0, due to an injury time winner for the East Anglia side.
There’s no doubt this should be a win tonight, but nothing is ever certain in the game of football, and the lads still need to earn those 3 points.
Howay The Lads!!