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Newcastle Can Beat The Reds – But We Have To Be Almost Perfect

Newcastle will play Liverpool at home tomorrow in what is a massive match for Liverpool.

Basically, the Reds will need to win to keep up with the pace set by Manchester City who have won their last 10 league games, since we beat them 2-1 at St. James’ Park on 29th January.

Rafa likes to win his last games of the season – especially at home – and the lads will be going all out for a win.

Of course, Rafa likes to win every game.

Rafa Benitez with Jamaal Lascelles

Liverpool were beaten 3-0 in midweek at Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, so that may help Newcastle.

This is what Jamaal Lascelles has said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“We normally do finish (the season) off strongly at St James’ Park,”

“Last season we beat Chelsea 3-0, so we do normally finish off strong. Liverpool will obviously be playing for the title so they will be flying.”

“It won’t be like the Chelsea game, where I think they were done and they weren’t really playing well.”

“But we are going to make it tough, we are going to go for the win, and we want to keep going until the very last game of the season.”

“We are going to make it tough for them. They probably know that themselves.”

“It is not a nice fixture to come here, especially with our recent home form.”

Newcastle have won six of our seven last league games at home.

It’s one of those games that we cannot make many mistakes – if we are going to take something out of this game.

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67 comments so far

  • NY Mag

    May 3, 2019 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Ok, I give up
    Ed’s moving too fast for me……

  • Bambams

    May 3, 2019 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #2

    NY Mag

    It’s good to see Ed has his groove on fella !

    Ha ha

  • Lindisfarne

    May 3, 2019 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #3

    All eyes on the Reds.

    Guardian – Another post-Europe hangover for Liverpool?
    Following the disappointment of their reasonably heroic Champions League defeat at Barcelona, Liverpool must rouse themselves for what could be an extremely tricky Saturday evening appointment at Newcastle in which they simply cannot afford to slip up. With only two matches of the Premier League campaign remaining, anything less than a win for Liverpool would leave the door open for Manchester City to all but wrap up the title on Monday. One suspects this is a far tougher assignment than Jürgen Klopp would like so soon after a gruelling and dispiriting game at the Camp Nou and the portents are not great. Last September, a BBC study on the form of Premier League teams following midweek fixtures in Europe showed that Liverpool had won half a point less per game on on average following European fixtures over the previous five years, the worst record among their top-flight rivals. Last season alone, coming out of European games, they dropped points against Burnley, Stoke, Everton and their opponents on Saturday, Newcastle. BG

  • Bambams

    May 3, 2019 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Re tomorrows game, 7.45pm kick off !

    Just hope everything goes well away from the football – that’s a long day for ‘several drinks’ before kick off.

  • hibbit

    May 3, 2019 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #5

    The petition just hit 10000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ron Knee

    May 3, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Excellent, hibbit!

  • Lindisfarne

    May 3, 2019 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #7


    Considering the stadium holds 52,000 I thought that figure for the petition was perhaps low. So then I looked on the Chronicle website to find it and there is no link showing. Perhaps if it was more transparent the number of signitures would be higher.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 3, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Very difficult to win this one as we won’t be at full strength. Lejeune and Almiron are big players for us and we can’t adequately replace the former’s distribution from the back or the latter’s pace and running in the final third.

    Our best 11 is good, and in a number of positions we are well covered, but in others not quite.

  • Jib

    May 3, 2019 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #9

    I thought it was a pitiful showing also
    The Chronic’s bandwagon jumping blowing up in their faces

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #10

    I asked the lads at .com if they could do a story on it but they rubbished it as a publicity stunt by journos who should have been doing a lot more over the years.

  • lochinvar

    May 3, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #11

    RIP Chewbacca
    Aka Peter Mayhew

    The Federation will be distraught

    May the Force be with us on Saturday night

  • Ron Knee

    May 3, 2019 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Helpful attitude of .com, Jail!

  • Ron Knee

    May 3, 2019 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #13

    We certainly have the Farce.

  • Jib

    May 3, 2019 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m with Biffa on this one

  • dee em

    May 3, 2019 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Here we go….. May the fourth be with you toon ….. sorry all.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 3, 2019 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Not near as straightforward to locate and support as it should be. The Chronic living up to its nickname. Will gather momentum though and you’d expect it to go over 100 000 signatures given our worldwide fanbase.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    May 3, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Last home games over the years we have kicked ass, I just have that feeling we may upset the odds on Saturday. As for Salah, just give Dums some Kabab wa kofta in his secret pocket and Salah will not go anywhere near our goal.
    I do so hope that Salah and Mane have one if there nightmare games which I’ve seen over this season.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2019 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Aye, not very at all, no skin off their nose, free publicity or not, do you fancy asking Ed?

  • Jib

    May 3, 2019 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #19

    They should have started the petition when Rafa achieved 10th place

  • Jib

    May 3, 2019 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #20

    The last thing Klopp needs right now is a visit to SJP against a toon team under no pressure

  • Ron Knee

    May 3, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #21

    I’ve sent Ed an email, Jail.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Cheers Ron, I’ll do the same.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 3, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #23

    With 3 games to play and everything on the line Liverpool will come out firing and 100% focussed. Obviously if we can strike first our prospects will improve substantially, but they are a frighteningly potent side really. We’re gonna need a big chunk of luck and to compete like ferk, while also maintaining our discipline and shape. Always a great fixture though, Liverpool home or away. Looking forward to it immensely.

  • lochinvar

    May 3, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #24

    dee em@15
    No apologies needed – that’s the best humour, apart from Ashley being deported to Dubai.

  • lochinvar

    May 3, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #25

    Help !
    Ashley might sell us below market valuation according to this report ( via Chronicle ) – cheapskate
    Premier League club valuations (2017/18)

    Burnley are worth more ????

    1. Manchester City – £2.36bn

    2. Manchester United – £2.09bn

    3. Tottenham Hotspur – £1.84bn

    =4. Liverpool – £1.62bn

    =4. Chelsea – £1.62bn

    6. Arsenal – £1.37bn

    7. Burnley – £398m

    8. Newcastle United – £383m

    9. Leicester City – £378m

    10. Southampton – £369m

    11. Everton – £363m

    12. West Ham United – £291m

    13. Stoke City – £238m

    14. Huddersfield Town – £231m

    15. Brighton & Hove Albion – £224m

    16. West Bromwich Albion – £223m

    17. Watford – £214m

    18. Crystal Palace – £200m

    19. AFC Bournemouth – £180m

    20. Swansea City – £167m

    *Figures from the University of Liverpool’s report entitled ‘Premier League Club Valuations 2019’

  • Jib

    May 3, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #26

    That report seems to shoot down all the “experts” on here that say Ashley is asking too much .

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2019 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Like a house, a football club is only worth what somebody is willing to pay. So after twelve years of “trying” to sell the club, he evidently is asking too much.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #28

    What a gawd send that he doesn’t own the ground, gawd knows where our 45K capacity stadium would have been built when SJP was sold.

  • sweendog

    May 3, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #29

    If Rafa isn’t confirmed by sat then expect Ashley to do his usual one and mess the club up again. A new manager and no ambition. I hope the fans get behind Rafa and the team on Saturday and let the tv crowd know what we think of Ashley.

  • hibbit

    May 3, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #30

    maybe if Ashley was selling the full club and not just the shell it might be worth that,
    but its seems very odd that prospective buyers keep walking away after completing a very expensive due diligence that the club is not worth the asking price in its current form.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 3, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Those club figures are BS. They only valued clubs based on this:
    profits, revenue, non-recurring costs, average profits on player sales over a three-year period, wage control, proportion of seats sold, and net assets.

    But yeah, we can go along with Burnley being valued at £400m lol because “the report labels the Clarets as “arguably the most-sensibly-run club in the Premier League financially” with the third-lowest wages in the division, which is why they are worth £398m.”

  • sweendog

    May 3, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Only one reason we aren’t near the wealth of Ashley and that is his ownership. Sell up and get out. I dread to think what will happen us if Rafa has to walk.

  • sweendog

    May 3, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #33

    *near the wealth of spurs

  • sweendog

    May 3, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #34

    The Burnley one is a conundrum, but we are a big club with a small minded owner.

  • Munster Mag

    May 3, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #35

    Burnley worth more than us. Nonsense. Bad news though re value as just makes us less attractive to buyers.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 3, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Should have a sweep – what minute will Salah perfect his first dive

    Mine 2 minutes 31 seconds

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #37

    Nowt better than a swipe at Ashley’s greed to get Jiblets snapping and snarling.

  • one fine day

    May 3, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Mine is 15.32 mins in
    He will need to be fully warmed up to really put his all into the dying swan with pike ..

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 3, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #39

    With Liverpool and Shity being so close
    And results go a certain way could we have a one-off play off to be Premiership Champions?

  • martoon

    May 3, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #40

    Charlie I’m going for 10.30 minutes – Damn awkward this 7,45 ko on a Saturday night eh?


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