We talked earlier this morning about how can the second game of the season be a must-win match.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson calls it a massive match.
We have to remember that in the two full seasons we have had under Rafa Benitez Newcastle have done very well but started both seasons losing the first two games.
So if we get what Paul predicts at Cardiff on Saturday – a 1-1 draw – we will have made out best start ever under Rafa Benitez.
At least after two games.
Paul Merson – Sky Sports Pundit – predicts a draw
So there are different ways to looks at things.
Here’s what Paul has said about the early kick-off game on Saturday in South Wales:
“This is a massive football match, even so early in the season.”
“Cardiff failed to score at Bournemouth, who let in goals for fun, but I think this will be a hard game for Newcastle.”
“Newcastle lost at home to Tottenham and they need to make sure they don’t lose this one, too.”
“PAUL predicts: 1-1”
The other way to look at it is the three games after Saturday are against Chelsea (H), Manchester City (A – almost certain 3 points), and Arsenal (H) – which will be very tough.
It would be excellent if we can get the win on Saturday.