Newcastle are very well placed in the league at the moment in 6th place before the very busy Christmas period, when we have four league games coming up in the next 12 days – they are at Crystal Palace, at home to Stoke City and Arsenal, and then on the road at West Brom on New Year’s Day.
Alan Pardew – hopes we are OK come the 3rd round of FA Cup
And then three days after the West Brom game we are at home to Cardiff City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup – so that’s five games in the next 16 days.
Tomorrow we are at Selhust Park, in what could be a much more difficult game than it would have been a few weeks ago, before Tony Pulis arrived and has had an instant positive impact at Palace.
But Newcastle are in very good shape before this heavy Christmas period and Alan Pardew is hoping it stays that way:
“So far, we are injury-free. We have one day of training to go and hopefully we will avoid any problems because we are heading into a very busy period now.”
“It would be nice to come through this period with all our players still in one piece and get to the Cardiff FA Cup game still in a good shape.”
“It is a very busy period over Christmas, but it is the same for every Premier League club. All our levels drop over this period.” “But the signs are good and the players are playing terrifically well.”
After dropping two points at home to the Saints last Saturday, we need all 3 points tomorrow, but that will not be easy.
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