Two sides still below us in the league table Hull and Leicester will play their games in hand this week – Hull City entertain Liverpool tomorrow night and Leicester City play Chelsea on Wednesday night – and usually you would expect two away wins in those games, but it’s getting near the end of the season and there could be some shocks in store.
Siem de Jong – good time to return for the Dutch International
If both Leicester and Hull lose their games it will help Newcastle, but we are relying on other teams below us losing, rather than getting some points on the board to save ourselves.
If Leicester and Hull both win their games they will be one point behind Newcastle with much better goal differences, and it really will be a six pointer on Saturday at Leicester.
It’s been a really tough season for Siem de Jong, but he’s coming back into the team at a crucial part in the season, and his class and skill could be the difference in us surviving this season or taking the drop.
This is what Siem has said in the Chronicle today:
“We didn’t expect this at the start of the season.” “But we’re in it now and we need to keep our heads together.”
“I feel ready, I felt ready for 20 minutes against Swansea.” “I will probably get another full game in the Under-21s, then probably I will be ready to start, next week or the week after.”
“It’s difficult because I want to help the team as much as I can.” “We need to win at least one of the coming games, it’s different for me, but I will try to help the team as much as I can in the coming weeks.”
“Of course, we know how important it is, so we will focus on ourselves.” “We will try to be at our best to win the game and not focus too much on the situation.”
“We must focus on the game itself and ourselves to be in the best form we can.”
Lee Charnley and company put John Carver in charge for the rest of the season and it’s been nothing less than an unmitigated disaster, but they are also compounding the problem by sticking with him for the rest of the season.
And if John Carver loses the next four games – that would be eleven defeats in a row – and even Alan Shearer thinks that’s a possibility and Carver may also think it’s a good time to leave his home town club.
John may even join Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace – who seems to want to build a good team in London over the summer.