Newcastle face what could be a very tough game at Reading tonight, and will do well to get all 3 points against an in-form Reading side.
It looks like Enrique is OK again after missing the 4-1 win against Blackpool on Saturday due so some bug he picked up.
However, Tamas Kadar has an injured hamstring and will not be available for selection.
This game is probably the most difficult game remaining for the in-form Newcastle side this season, with the other games being Plymouth (A), Ipswich (H) and QPR (A) on the last Sunday of the season – May 2nd.
We have to think that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will field the strongest starting eleven possible tonight, and this is the team we expect Chris to pick:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Routledge Nolan (c) Guthrie Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Kadar Butt Barton Taylor (R) Ameobi Best
That team and subs is exactly the same as for the Blackpool game, other than Enrique replacing Kadar in the starting line-up.
There’s no doubt that Newcastle are full of confidence right now, and that the subs bench is also extremely strong.
And therefore, we don’t think Chris will play a defensive line-up tonight, and expect him to play ina 4-4-2 formation, and attack Reading.
But Reading have done very well this year, and as we pointed out yesterday had some great results in the FA Cup, beating Liverpool, Burnley and WBA before eventually falling to Aston Villa 4-2 at the Madejski Stadium, but not before Shane Long had put them 2-0 up at half-time.
We watched nearly all those games, and Reading looked a very good side.
So they will not be afraid one little bit of Newcastle, as apparently Blackpool were on Saturday, according to their manager, and we can expect a tightly contested game tonight.
A win by Newcastle will give them a points total of 95.
Second-placed WBA, who are also promoted back to the Premiership, can only match that total by winning their last 3 games, and since Newcastle’s goal difference is so much better at 51 compared to WBA’s 39 – it essentially will give Newcastle the CC Championship League title.
It’s not mathematically certain however, so we guess nobody will say we have won the league after a victory tonight.
But we’ll be Champions if we win tonight – that’s a 99.99999999% certainty – approximately. 😀
Bottom line- we expect it to be a tough game tonight.