Newcastle have a decent chance of marking up their 5th league win in a row this afternoon against Bolton Wanderers.
Newcastle have successive wins against Norwich, West Brom, Liverpool and Swansea, and in that run Newcastle have scored 8 goals and conceded only one.
Certainly if our readers are anything to go by in our poll, Newcastle fans are expecting the win, and a high 92% of them think we will win the game this afternoon.
But that’s why we are just a little bit worried that the lads may take this one for granted, but we’re also pretty sure that Alan Pardew will ensure the players’ feet are firmly on the ground.
The lads will also have 12 days to recover from today’s game, before they are in action again, at home to Stoke a week come Saturday.
And by then we would hope that Liverpool have made the FA Cup final, and if that happens, it’s almost certain that Newcastle will be in the Europa League next season, if they can retain their 6th place in the league table.
If that comes about you can bet your life the new target for Newcastle will be to finish in the top four, and make the European Champions League next season, which would be absolutely spectacular and the first time since Bobby Robson had us there in the 2003-2004 season..
In 117 total meetings against Bolton Wanderers over the years, Newcastle have won 54, drawn 21 and lost the other 42.
What the team will be this afternoon is a very good question, and we’d be surprised if Cheick Tiote starts the game, and of course Danny Guthrie and Haris Vuckic are both definitely out, injured.
Fab Coloccini could make a return since he seems to have recovered form his hamstring injury, and we have a feeling he will be brought back in so that James Perch will be moved to Tiote’s position in defensive midfield.
We wouldn’t be too surprised if Newcastle start this team today:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Cabaye Perch Gutierrez
Subs: Elliot Tavernier Ferguson Abeid Taylor (R) Gosling Ameobi (Sh)
That’s a very strong starting eleven, and Newcastle could play 4-4-2 as shown above or 4-3-3 with Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba up front, but Alan Pardew has promised Newcastle will take this game to Bolton.
The Newcastle manager had this to say today about the game:
“The stadium is going to be jumping on Monday. Hopefully we’ve got the energy levels to see that across the line, because if we win that we are going to be in a great position.”
“Bolton have only got a two-day turnaround, so it’s tough on them. Hopefully that will be an advantage for us.”
With Chelsea not kicking off in their game at Fulham until 8:00 pm tonight, anything out of this game today will again see Newcastle back in 5th position.
But if we are going to get into Europe this season, this is probably on paper our easiest game of the six remaining, at least on paper, and we should be picking up all three points.
We have to hope the defense is again very solid and that our two top strikers Papis Cisse and Demba Ba can get in among the goals, and maybe Ben Arfa can chip in too.
A win would be fantastic and would make it five wins on the trot, and the first time Newcastle have done that since April of 2006, the last time be qualified for Europe.
If you haven’t already voted, here’s your chance to say what you think the result will be today:
We’re really hoping for the win today.
Howay The Lads!!