Our next two games against Sunderland at home and Norwich away could go a long way to deciding whether we can survive in the Premier League this season, since they are the two clubs immediately above us in the league table.
Both look daunting fixtures if only because of two terrible losing streaks we have going at the moment.
We have lost the last 6 games against Sunderland and we have also lost the last 8 away games in all competitions – and in six of them we haven´t even been able to score a goal.
Rafa Benitez arrives at St. James’ Park on Friday
So it will be huge if we are able to win both games.
Now we have the great Rafa Benitez as the manager that´s possible – certainly more possible after the woeful Steve McClaren has finally been fired – but only after Steve was allowed to put us into serious trouble of relegation.
It will be Rafa´s home debut as the Newcastle manager and of course it will be a sell-out, which we also expect in the other four home games of this season.
It looks like one or both of the great north-east clubs will be relegated this season – and that will be tragic for the area, but both clubs have been grossly mismanaged over the last few years by those in charge.
Let us know how you think we will fare against the Black Cats on Saturday at St. James´ Park.
The game at Norwich is in a couple of weeks after Sunday´s game, so Rafa will have time to fully prepare our lads for the that crucial game.