We’ll be supporting Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, when they play Everton at Wembley.
Alan Pardew welcomes Owen Coyle before yesterday’s game
But if you look at current form, Everton are the in-form team having won three of their last four league games and hammering Sunderland 4-0 at Goodison Park yesterday and Newcastle are now 17 points better off than Sunderland and with only 15 points to play for, we’ll finish above Sunderland in the league table.
Liverpool look to have lost all overconfidence and cannot seem to score goals, and have scored only 9 goals in their last 9 league games, and three of those were against a weakened Everton side, who were resting their players for an upcoming FA Cup tie against Sunderland.
And if Newcastle are the big over-achievers in the league this seaosn, then Liverpool have to be the huge under-achievers, after spending close to £120M on new players since Kenny Daglish took over 15 months ago and they are now 16 points behind Newcastle.
But we have to hope that Liverpool can get into some form, and they play at Ewood park tonight against relegation threatened Blackburn, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Blackburn won the game.
But based on league games played this year, Liverpool are above only Wolves with just 9 points from their 13 league games played, following their 3-1 defeat of Newcastle at Anfield on 30th December.
Alan Pardew talked about Newcastle possibly qualifying for Europe on Saturday:
“If the FA Cup semis go our way, we could be in Europe by the weekend and if that works in our favour, then there is nothing we can do except go for the Champions League.”
“I have never ruled out the Champions League. To have this points total and not finish in Europe would be tough to take, so we’ve got to keep our eyes on the ball.”
“And we’re not giving up on anything, apart from winning the title.”
It will now be a huge disappointment if Newcastle don’t now qualify for Europe, given the number of points we could end up with.
But we cannot relay on other clubs to get us into Europe, and there’s still 15 points to play for, and if we can say get 10 of those, surely we’ll qualify for European competition next season.
That’s what we are hoping for, but it’s largely up to us now.