We suggested this morning that around 16 points in the last 10 games, which would take the lads onto 60 points for the season, would probably be enough to secure a Europa League position for next season.
Alan Pardew – four or five wins should do it
And today Alan Pardew has said that he thinks that four or five wins (12 to 15 points) would be enough to see Newcastle qualify for Europe, but certainly it would take a miracle to qualify for a Champions League position and 4th place in the league table.
That essentially went up in smoke when we failed to take all 3 points against Arsenal last Monday night, and now the London side are 8 points ahead of us in 4th place.
This is what Alan Pardew said:
“We don’t want to slip. We are saying we are going to push for Europe now and let our fans know we are going to try to push for it.”
“We are going to need four or five wins and if we don’t beat Norwich, that’s going to look difficult in nine games, because that means the task will be that much harder.”
“But if we win, then can we win three or four of our next nine? I think we can, and that would put us in with a great chance of Europe, so it’s a very important game.”
“It’s tough to get into Europe. You have got a team with the finance and quality of Liverpool who could run us down.” “We will have to hold our hands up if that happens, but we are going to give them a good fight for their money.”
“We are definitely focusing on Europe now, make no mistake about that, we have got ourselves into that position.” “But Alex Ferguson will tell you the last 10 games are the most important ones and we are in them now, so we will see how we get on.”
Newcastle have had just two home draws, against Wolves and Sunderland, in their last four league games, losing the other two in London to Spurs and Arsenal, both of whom are above Newcastle in the league table.
Papiss Cisse was on the bench at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, but we think he will get a start on Sunday at home against Norwich City, and he’s in the process of adjusting to the speed and physical nature of the English Premier League.
But Newcastle will almost certainly play in a 4-4-2 formation on Sunday afternoon, and attack Norwich, although there are doubts about stalwarts Ryan Taylor and Cheick Tiote, who could both miss out through injury.
3 points on Sunday is what we are hoping for, and that will put Newcastle on 47 points for the season – not too bad at all after 29 games played.