Newcastle have some tough fixtures coming above through the end of the year, and as we mentioned this morning we have to play Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal away and Manchester City at home in some of those games.
It will be difficult to pick up points form those games, but you never know with Rafa in charge.
We have 11 games left that take us through new years Day when the January transfer window opens.
Hopefully, by then we will have new owners, but that is by no means certain that will be the case.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle’s too thrifty owner
But it’s clear we need new players brought into the squad in January as Rafa starts improving the side we were left with at the end of August.
Rafa made it clear at that time he thought we didn’t have the class players we needed – but maybe that can be rectified in January.
It will be if we get new owners but Mike Ashley will do in January – heaven only knows – but it could be the owner is again unwilling to spend any net money in January.
He spent no money at all lasts January.
Here are the next 11 games we have to play.
Date Fixture KO time
Sat 17 Nov Man United vs Newcastle 17:30 Sat 25 Nov Newcastle vs Watford 15:00 * Tue 28 Nov West Brom vs Newcastle 20:00 * Sat 2 Dec Chelsea vs Newcastle 12:30 Sat 9 Dec Newcastle vs Leicester 17:30 * Wed 13 Dec Newcastle vs Everton 19:45 * Sat 16 Dec Arsenal vs Newcastle 15:00 Sat 23 Dec West Ham vs Newcastle 15:00 * Wed 27 Dec Newcastle vs Man City 19:45 Sat 30 Dec Newcastle vs Brighton 15:00 * Mon 1 Jan Stoke vs Stoke 15:00 *
Of those we think, we can win the ones with an asterisk on the right so that’s seven of those games we can win and we expect to do well against some of the top six sides too.
But we need to cut out the mistakes at the back and improve our goalscoring record to do that.
And here is our league position with 11 games played and we have 14 points.
If we can double those points in the next 11 games, we will be happy enough and have 28 points from 22 games played – 12 points to get from 16 games to be safe on 40 points.
How many points do you think we can have by January 1st?