After a weekend in which most fixtures didn’t go Newcastle’s way, this evening begins with another match that will catch the attention of many tense fans. Fulham travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley in a matchup of the two clubs that surround us in the table.
Fulham are 7 points behind in 18th place while Burnley sit one place and one point above us in 16th on 26 points. This is the match in hand both clubs have on Newcastle at the moment so after tonight we’ll see a better representation of where we stand in the table.
A win for the Cottagers inches them ever closer while three points for Burnley will see them leap Brighton and possibly Crystal Palace if they get a very lopsided win. A draw would probably be considered a decent result for Newcastle as it keeps Fulham away while the Clarets will remain within touching distance.
No matter what tonight’s result is, it doesn’t get any less nerve-wracking for Newcastle fans as both Fulham and Burnley play before our next match at Old Trafford on Sunday. Fulham have a home date with last-placed Sheffield while Burnley host West Brom.
By Sunday evening, Newcastle will have a much better idea of how precarious this situation has become. With some luck, Fulham will still be at least 5 to 6 points adrift with Burnley, and the others just in front of us, not too far ahead.
The nervy next few days start tonight with Fulham at Burnley, who both have picked up 4 points in their last two matches.