Manchester United need only one point from their trip to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday to win their 19th English League Championship, and go above Liverpool, who have 18h English League Championships.
Alan Pardew – wants good performance from his troops
And it’s their 12 Premier League title in 18 seasons for the Red Devils.
For the record Newcastle have won 4 English league Championships in seasons 1904–05, 1906–07, 1908–09 and 1926–27.
We’ll all have to hope that when Manchester United clinch the Championship on Saturday (we hope), it will have a negative impact on Chelsea on the following day when they host Newcastle in a 1:30 pm kick off game.
We don’t think that will happen – Chelsea being affected that is, but we hope it happens, and anything from this game will be like a win for Newcastle, especially since the squad has been depleted with injuries in the last few months
But Alan Pardew has been very upbeat and positive about these last two games, and he had this to say today:
“You have to say it’ll probably be a different type of atmosphere there after Sunday, as they can’t realistically win the title.
“It might make the job a little bit easier, but nevertheless they’re a top, top team.” “They’ll still want to finish the season strongly, just like us.”
“It’ll be a tough game – playing Chelsea always is.” “We’ll be going to try to put in a strong performance, and come away with something.”
But Newcastle have also performed very well in the two games they’ve played against the London powerhouse this season, when the second team beat Chelsea’s second string 4-3 at Stamford Bridge, and the lads played very well to hold Chelsea at St. James’ Park last November, in a 1-1 draw.
“I was at the cup game. It was a funny one – I didn’t think Chelsea were at the top of their game that night.”
“Newcastle played very well, but this will be completely different, with different personnel.”
“We’ll go there with confidence, but we know we’ll have to be at our best if we’re going to take anything from the game.”
This Chelsea game is the way we felt about the Manchester United game at home a couple of weeks back, when we didn’t expect anything out of it, and were just a little scared in case Newcastle were taken to the cleaners.
The difference on Sunday is that Newcastle will be missing some of their top players in Nolan, Tiote and Williamson, so we really don’t expect to get anything out of the game.
However, Newcastle have surprised us before this season by playing well against the very top sides, and we beat Arsenal and West Ham in London earlier this season, and maybe they can do the same again on Sunday afternoon.
We hope so.