With Huddersfield surprisingly beaten 4-0 last night at Bristol City, it’s a great opportunity for Newcastle to go into the two week International break on 80 points from 38 games and be that much closer to an automatic promotion spot.
Huddersfield remain 6 points behind Newcastle with both clubs having now played 37 games, so we could extend that to 9 points this afternoon at Birmingham City with a win.
Rafa Benitez – will be keen to get win at Birmingham
And since our goal difference is better than Huddersfield’s – 38 versus 4 – we will really be 10 points above the Terriers who will have a game in hand.
So if they win that game in hand, they will still need to gain 7 points on Newcastle in the final 8 games.
The Terriers can now get a maximum of 98 points. so if we win at Birmingham this afternoon we will need another six wins in the final 8 games of the season to secure an automatic promotion spot.
Or if you like – seven wins in the final 9 games including the game this afternoon at St. Andrew’s.
The games begin again on April Fools day when we are at home to Wigan Athletic followed four days later with a home game against Burton Albion on the Wednesday night, before a trip to Sheffield Wednesday on the following Saturday.
If Newcastle win this afternoon, we would need another 18 points to be absolutely sure of finishing above Huddersfield – 6 wins or even five wins and three draws.
How about eight wins?