One of the things that our two successive defeats will have done is to bring a lot of us back down to earth, and in the four Christmas games, after winning the first two games with eight goals scored and only one against we lost the last two by a score of 1-0.
Fabricio Coloccini – could make Sunderland game?
Newcastle are in 8th place in the league table but still 6 points above 9th placed Southampton, and while we have played seven PL games since December 4th, the next seven are spread over the months of January and February, with only three this month, although the FA Cup tie with Cardiff City is on Saturday.
And since we should beat Cardiff, who are on a bad run of form and results, that will now be a difficult game since we seem to be vulnerable to the weaker sides.
The West Brom win yesterday was their first in 10 games, and we found a way to lose that game yesterday, and that’s not what good precessional sides do.
Here are the upcoming league games with the Sunderland game on February 1st.
Sun 12 14:05 H Manchester City Sat 18 15:00 A West Ham Tue 28 19:45 A Norwich City February Sat 01 15:00 H Sunderland Sat 08 15:00 A Chelsea Wed 12 19:45 H Tottenham Sun 23 13:30 H Aston Villa
Sunderland are still rock bottom of the league table after losing 1-0 at home to Aston Villa, with a goal gifted from Lee Cattermole, and they will need wins to save them – although they are only 4 points behind 4th bottom Cardiff City and safety.
They will be looking forward to the Newcastle game, which is another chance to actually win a game, which they have done the last two times they have played Newcastle, including a 3-0 win tn the corresponding game last season.
Newcastle must beat Sunderland on February 1st – and while we know it’s only one game – we have a much better side than Sunderland, so how come we have lost the last couple of games?
And the games are now spread out, and Coloccini even has a chance of making the home game against Sunderland, but at most he could miss only four league games, and we may get a more accurate prognosis of his injury today.
The next PL game is at home to Manchester City a week on Sunday, our bogey side, and a draw in that game would be a decent result with City now starting to play a lot better away from the Etihad Stadium than previously this season, and of course they hammered us 4-0 on the opening game of the season.
After the City game we play three teams fighting relegation – West Ham, Norwich and Sunderland – and they are in the bottom six right now, and those three could well be banana skins for Newcastle – and we could slip up.
How many points we can take out of the next four games is anybody’s guess – what do you think?
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