Today Is A Watershed Game For Newcastle

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.

Sat 26	15:00	H   Blackburn
Tue 29  19:45   A   Hull - EFL Cup				
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				
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!!

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9 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    I thought Reading were 3rd?

  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    A win today would be a body blow to the rest of the division. 9 points clear of third place is a huge gap, especially the way we are playing.
    The other clubs may focus in on their own mini battles in the league and forget about us .

  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye they are and we’re currently 10 points clear of Norwich who are 6th.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    This myth of us buying the league, unfair financial advantage etc – I love opposition using that excuse when we beat teams / keep winning. Helps us in the psychological side – the feeling that everyone might as well run up the white flag and aim for 2nd.

  • one fine day

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Sing in the corner
    From a couple of streams back
    Sorry ducted away for a bit
    Would love to have atsu on too and yes be good to see gouff more central which I think is more natural to him .
    Only put Perez in there for his creativity . I would had diame in there but only reason I didn’t is I think Rafa may be getting him fired up to go back in against hull later in the week
    So nice to have all these options nowadays unlike last few years where we had so many playing out of position on in the treatment room

  • jasper

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa bingo
    Yedlin. Clark. Lascalles. Dummett
    Shelvey. Colback
    Ritchie. Perez. Gouffran
    Bonus points – 0-2 toon

  • Tsunki

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Sitc- the buying thing isn’t totally out of the way. Benitez was a decent investment. Maybe there’s a lesson in there. 🙂

    Why are we treating Leeds like some huge tie? I can understand they will, but they aren’t much better than anyone else in the top eight of this league. Rafa won’t be going there to hold on for a point that’s for sure. 0-2.

  • dem

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa Bingo

    Anita Lacelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran

  • Clematis

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Calling an ambitious Rafa bingo….


    Yedlin – Lascelles – Clark – Dummett

    Shelvey – Colback

    Ritchie – Gayle – Atsu

    Mitro (‘s on fire)


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