Newcastle are currently 2 points ahead of Brighton and 6 points ahead of third placed Norwich, before the game at Leeds United today.
And there are some changes at the top of the Championship table this weekend with Norwich now having lost their last four league games and Huddersfield having lost four of their last 6 league games.
So at least two clubs seem to be feeling the pressure of staying in the running at the top of the table.
Garry Monk – Leeds United manager
Newcastle have won their last seven league games and eight in all competitions.
After Leeds in the league today we meet a number of clubs at the lower end of the table and of course we have that EFL Cup 5th round tie coming up at Hull City, who were well beaten 3-0 yesterday at Sunderland.
November Sat 26 15:00 H Blackburn Tue 29 19:45 A Hull - EFL Cup December Fri 02 19:45 A Nottm Forest Sat 10 15:00 H Birmingham Wed 14 19:45 A Wigan Athletic Sat 17 15:00 A Burton Mon 26 19:45 H Sheffield Wed Fri 30 19:45 H Nottm Forest January Mon 02 15:00 A Blackburn
So if we can win at Leeds today that would put us in a dominant position in the league.
And the likelihood is that by the time we have played Blackburn in the first game of next year, we could be quite a few points clear of the third placed team in an automatic promotion place.
So today’s game is a watershed game – win this one and we could continue our winning streak in the league and even start to pull away at the top.
Nothing is ever certain of course – and we’re sure Rafa will remind the players that no game in this division is easy.
We should remember when we played bottom of the table Rotherham United and they gave us all we could handle at the New York Stadium in the close 1-0 win.
But a win today and the fans could be walking on air after all the terrible trials and tribulations of the last two rotten seasons.
Howay The Lads!!