Chelsea Fixture Pile-Up – Spurs Off-Form – Magpies Have Momentum


Newcastle have a decent chance of reaching 4th place in the league this season.

Alan Pardew – will keep Newcastle players focused

And it’s got as much to do with the difficulties the other two teams competing for Newcastle have,  than with Newcastle current excellent form of winning five league games on the trot.

The two teams competing with Newcastle for 4th place are Chelsea and Tottenham – two London teams, who have their own unique problems.

Chelsea are in the midst of a fixture pile-up, created by their own recent successes,  as they face Barcelona on Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

In the next 27 days until the last league game of the season on 13th May, Chelsea have 7 games to play including Newcastle on 2nd May at Stamford Bridge,  just three days before they meet Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

They’ll have eight games to play if they get to the Champions League final, against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, but that takes place on Saturday 19th May,  at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

And Tottenham, who were beaten 5-1 yesterday at Wembley by the Blues in the FA Cup semi-final,  have gone off the boil, and are in a miserable slump at the moment.

In the 8 league games they have played since hammering Newcastle 5-0 at White Hart Lane on 11th February,  they have only one win and 6 points, and in that time Newcastle have gained 11 points on Spurs.

So it looks like the stars have aligned to give Newcastle a decent chance of reaching 4th place in the league this season – amazing as that seems.

The key will be for the Newcastle players to keep their feet firmly on the ground, and try to beat Stoke City on Saturday, as injured players like Leon Best, Dabby Guthrie and Cheick Tiote are ready to play again,  after recovering from injuries.

The two games after that are going to be tough with games at Wigan on Saturday 28th April, and of course the Latics beat Manchester United last week on merit at the DW Stadium.

And then we face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge the following Wednesday.

The final two games are against an improving Manchester City side at home on Sunday 6th May, followed by our last game of the season at Goodison Park on Sunday, 13th May – unlucky for some.

Howay The Lads!!



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21 comments so far

  • WWJBD

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Re-post as am curious if people have more knowldge on the lad

    “Also news that town is getting a Melbourne Hearts 19 year old left footed defender Curtis Good on trial according to the twitter lords

    Also NUFC are apparently very keen on him. Played 20+ games for the team this season (decent team as well in that league)”

    On topic its going to be a blockbuster end to our season (and this time for good reasons!) But tbf no one will be disappointed if we end up 6th but as high as 4th is outstanding

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  • Oleg G

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Spot on there Ed.
    Exactly what I was thinking.

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    @WWJBD
    That’s all the way from Australia. Didn’t think we had anyone there to watch players…
    My word, we’re all over, lol.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Dannyo
    Haha global scouting it seems. I’d imagine he will be brought in at reserve level to begin with to fill in for what we are discarding

    Can see us having loads of young players that we have cherry picked from ‘lesser leagues’ on trial over the next few months

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  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    A reckon we should do a straight swap if PSG did want Ba… Ba for Gameiro, then atleast we’ll have a good striker who wont feck off to the acon lol

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    ed

    i said exactly the same thing on here last week, but yesterday just made it better

    spurs getting beat, only adds more weight to the fact that there bubble has burst big time, they will look at the second goal and blame that, but really from chealsea scoring the first, they looked second best,
    now i recon the players will be deflated, and on paper it looks an easy run in, but they have 3 away games at teams all at the bottom end fighting for points, then there last game is a home game to fulham, derby match,, not easy

    chelsea have ars nufc and liverpool still to play, the game against us is a real 6 pointer but liverpool and ars are both tricky away games, and then they have there local derby with qpr,

    run in should be fun to say the least hahahah but we can do it as right now the team believes

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  • KuwaitiMAGPIE

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    we can beat chelsea and tottenham to 4th … we just have to continue doing whatever it is we’ve done it the last 5 games

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    @WWJBD
    We must be able to see him in 2-3 reserve games. Wouldn’t surprise me if we had a match behind closed doors too, to have a close checkup on him.
    I’m guessing he’ll be here atleast 2 weeks. Coming from Australia is quite the trip… I’m guessing someone has tipped us off, Just ran a search for his name on twitter, and “Fox” and “Australian football” confirms that he’s on his way.
    Also saw one who read that he’s quick and strong with plenty of ability.
    Saw some not so happy evidently supporters of the club too.

    Great that we have such a long reach, and as u say, there’ll probably be more in the time to come. Asia next?

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  • KuwaitiMAGPIE

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    chelsea and tottenham are not as strong as us at the moment …

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  • KuwaitiMAGPIE

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    the best players after the south americans are the africans right now … all these african players start their careers at belgium or france … we should make them start their careers at newcastle

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Dannyo
    Would love us to get into the Asian market mate very much the growing football culture

    North america too…exciting times eh?

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    @KuwaitiMAGPIE
    It’s very hard to get african youngsters into the country due to work permit mate. I dunno how the system works in other countries, but it’s obviously easier than in the UK.
    Same goes for South American players.
    If they’re not proven, the goverment has less belief that they’ll be able to secure their jobs as footballers.

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    @WWJBD
    Wouldn’t mind me a Clint Dempsey or Brad Friedel as youngsters now and again.
    We had the canadian lad, David Edgard. Thought he’d break through at one point, but it wasn’t to be.

    The Asian market is pretty much untouched teritory tbh, outside of a few major talents who’s here now. Surely there are more out there. And ofc there’s major money in buying from there too. Some clubs has even done it as PR stunts.

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  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    At only 19 years of age, in 2011, Curtis Good signed a multi-year contract with Hyundai A-League. He already has 3 caps for Australia U-20 and is a good prospect financially as well as in for the future due to his increasing development. Anymore questions, feel free to ask me!
    HWTL

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  • KuwaitiMAGPIE

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    we could always send them on loan … anyways .. i heard somewhere that ryo miyachi is available on free this summer … excellent player i think … same goes to gylfi sigurdson .. but im not sure if the later is free

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Dannyo

    yes it is hard to get them into the country, but i feel there would be a way, if they scouted them first, found a good feeder club in france , belgium or holland, so they could start of there careers then helped subsidize there football education, if there not going to be any good for the prem sell them to the club that have started at, but with a clause in for further sell ons

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Dannyo

    we tried to sign brad friedle, but he couldnt get a work permit at the time, we would have been his first uk team

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #18

    We can chase the champions league position, knowing that we more than likely have a spot in Europe already. I think the players will be even more motivated to push forward now.

    Onwards and upwards.

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    If we’d have picked up Seb Larsson before he went to Scumderland, we’d have had a great line-up. He’s great at set-pieces and arriving late in the box, then lined up with Cabaye and Tiote I think that would have been great.

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  • Andrew M

    Apr 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle have the hardest run in of the three, but with Chelsea seemingly far better in the big cup games than they are in the league (really, when I’ve seen the recently, they’ve been God-awful in the EPL), and Tottenham having the stuffing knocked out of them and already playing poorly, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Newcastle do it.

    Two caveats. First, Barca, in my view, will go beyond win and utterly embarrass Chelsea in the CL. Benfica, down to ten men, carved out chance after chance at Stanford Bridge, and they’re basically a poor man’s Barca in their style of play and didn’t play anywhere near well over the two legs. I wouldn’t be surprised if the semi final was essentially wrapped up for Barca by half time on Wednesday. Think Messi and Sanchez against Terry…

    Will that allow Chelsea to concentrate on the league and avoid fixture congestion? Or will it be a decisive psychological blow?

    Also, let’s just watch the number of Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal matches given to Martin Atkinson in coming weeks. I wouldn’t be confident of winning a single free kick with him in charge of a Newcastle match and Chelsea desperate to beat us to fourth. But, obviously, that’s my opinion, and in no way related to NUFCblog.com or any NUFCblog.com employee.

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  • toonincheek

    Apr 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Bleedin’ell – disclaimers on the Blog now, is it?!

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