Newcastle play Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium tonight, with the Cherries fighting for their lives in 3rd bottom place of the league table.
They are level on points and games with West Ham but have a goal difference, which is two goals inferior to that of the Hammers.
So it’s very tight at the bottom of the league table, and it seems that any three of five teams can be relegated.
So it’s a vital game for Bournemouth and a tough game for Newcastle, and we will do very well if we can win this game and reach safety on 42 points.
A straw will also get us to safety on 40 points, but Steve Bruce and the lads will want the win so we can get a high as possible in the league table.
Former Arsenal and Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas
There will be no slackness or complacency in the Newcastle team because they will be trying to make their case to stay on board at the club should Amanda Staveley’s long-running takeover be finally OKd by the Premier League – at some time in the future.
Next year maybe?
Pundit Charlie Nicholas, the former Celtic and Arsenal striker, had this to say on Sky Sports about the likely result, and it’s a little surprising given his logic:
“Newcastle have been ever so good with what Steve Bruce has done.”
“They did get a reality check against Manchester City and tried to squeeze them. Dwight Gayle missed the chance at 0-1 and that was unfortunate, but they will take pride from the way they performed and defended.”
“Bournemouth will be open and have to go after it. Brighton have created a gap, but what does a draw do for Bournemouth now? They have awkward games coming up too.”
“I think Bournemouth will edge it. “
“You keep looking at the bottom lot and no teams are getting anywhere, but because of what is happening at Watford and West Ham, Bournemouth will know they cannot keep passing up these opportunities.”
The majority of Newcastle fans think we can win this game.