There will be a lot of Newcastle’s happy fans tomorrow night – make that ecstatic – if we can beat Southampton at St. James’ Park in front of another sell-out crowd tomorrow.
Unfortunately, it will be only our 8th win of the season after 30 games played and to think we had three wins after our first five league games played.
We need to get in that kind of form again and after losing the first two games – much like we did last season – we won the next three before losing 1-0 at Brighton.
But after another 24 games following that three-game winning streak, we have won only four games – one in every six games.
Who would have thought that back in September?
Rafa Benitez – arriving at St. James’ Park – March 11th, 2016
On Sunday it is Rafa’s two year anniversary of being appointed the Newcastle United manager and he is still contracted to the club until June 30th, 2019.
We don’t know how long he plans to stay at Newcastle, but he talks as though it could be a long time.
But then there’s owner Mike Ashley, and it’s not clear if Rafa will take much more miserly transfer windows from the current owner.
There could be a new owner in the summer, but we seriously doubt that will happen.
But Newcastle can still make it a happy second anniversary for Rafa with a win tomorrow.
A win is what we need – draws are no longer good enough.
Here’s where we stand in the league table at the moment.
And close to seven in ten Newcastle fans think we can win this game.
Let’s hope they are right.