If Liverpool beat local rivals Everton in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday at Wembley then Newcastle will at least be in the Europa League next season.
Jonas Gutierrez – I still speak with Jose
That’s what could happen on Saturday, but when you look at the way Liverpool have been playing recently – hopeless – we would have to say Everton are the favorites to win that game.
The latest prices from bet365 for the Liverpool v Everton semi-final game are:
And since whoever Everton will meet in the final if they get through – Chelsea or Tottenham – will probably qualify for the Champions League – Everton could get the 3rd place spot in the Europa League next season, maybe even at the expense of Newcastle.
But if Newcastle can finish in 5th place, we’ll automatically get a Europa League position, and 4th place gets us a Champions League position, and both are very possible the way things stand right now.
Jonas Gutierrez, who we suppose is now the Newcastle official vice captain, had this to say to the local press today about Liverpool’s Jose Enrique:
“It’s hard, but I speak with him. I said ‘you have to focus on the semi-final’. “That can help us. If I was a Liverpool player, I would think the semi-final is more important than the league.”
“I spoke with Jose before and after the game. He’s a nice guy. They’re not having a good season, but they have good players.” “They have the semi-final of the FA Cup.”
“They have to think about that, and be ready for the next season. There’s nothing they can do this season in the league.” “There are a lot of teams taking good results.”
“All the season can change, and they could be brilliant next season. Pre-season is really important for all the teams.”
We’re not too bothered who makes the final between Chelsea and Tottenham, and we’ll be watching the game on Sunday, but a draw would be a great result for Newcastle, because it would further add to Chelsea’s crowded schedule through the end of the season.
We’ll definitely be watching the FA Cup final on Saturday with bated breath, and maybe the three former Newcastle players at Liverpool, Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique and Craig Bellamy can help us out – by playing well and helping Liverpool get the win, but of the three only Jose will probably start the game.
Here’s hoping for a Liverpool win. 😀