Newcastle are currently bottom the league, but a win at Stoke City on Monday night would see Newcastle on 6 points from the first six games, and the Magpies could move into 15th place and above Stoke – the significance of that is we would not be bottom of the league.
Alan Pardew – must get a win at either Stoke or Swansea
The following Saturday we play at Swansea, and it’s important that Newcastle pick up some points in that game too – and it seems that Alan Pardew mist win art least one of the next two games.
If Mike Ashley is to replace Alan Pardew then it would make sense to replace him after the next two games, because we have a two week International break after the game at Stoke.
That break would give time for the new manager to settle in and have a decent look at the players – at least those not on International duty – before our next game at home to Leicester City on Saturday, 18th October, when former coach Nigel Pearson will make a return to St. James’ Park.
There has been an improvement in form over the last couple of games – a great comeback after being 2-0 down at home to Hull City last Saturday, and a good 3-2 win in extra time last Wednesday in the League Cup at Crystal Palace.
And both our strikers Papiss Cisse and Many Riviere have scored two goals last time out – and scoring goals has been a huge weakness so far this season for the Magpies.
Couple that with the poor home form of Stoke so far this season – they have lost 1-0 in both their previous home league games to Aston Villa and Leicester City – and a win is certainly possible.
Stoke also beat Sunderland 2-1 on the road in the League Cup last week.
It seems that Newcastle must get 3 points minimum in our next two games on the road for Pardew to survive in his job, but of course we lost both fixtures last season. 1-0 at Stoke in April and 3-0 at Swansea last December.
Over 50% of fans think we will lose the game on Monday night.
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