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Newcastle Have Huge Opportunity To Finish 6th Top This Season



Against a good and in-form Crystal Palace team at Selhurst Park Stadium last night, Manchester United again imploded and went down 4-0, and their defense looked hopeless.

With Newcastle back to full strength with Isak, Gordon, and Wilson all fit, the chances are we can beat Manchester United away a week tomorrow night and further our claims to finish 6th top.

And any further lapses from Tottenham, who have lost their last 4 league games and Newcastle could even catch Spurs, but that’s doubtful at best – but possible.

In those 4 previous games, Newcastle captured 3 wins and 9 points, so we have gained 9 points on Tottenham over the last 4 league games.

If Newcastle win our last 3 games or even get 7 points, then it looks like we will finish 6th – because of our much superior goal difference.

That’s whatever Manchester United and Chelsea do over their final 3 games of the season.

Here are the league standings at the moment.

Premier League Table 2023-2024

PositionTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGDPoints
5Tottenham38201261366
6Chelsea38181191463
7Newcastle38181462360
8Man United3818146-160
9West Ham38141310-1452

So the final 3 games of the season are crucial.

And it will be close to a miracle if the boys can finish 6th top and it would be a testament to Eddie Howe’s coaching abilities, given all the injuries we have had this season.

What do you think?


150 comments so far

  • DrGloom

    May 7, 2024 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #81

    Looks like I’m not going to be able to make blog/discord meetup – need to be in toon weekend after and can’t do two weekends in a row due to family commitments – hope everyone has a great time and celebrates a win

    1
  • Novocastrian66

    May 7, 2024 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #82

    https://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/1228072429?-11058:809
    Kelly deal being reported by French media.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2024 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #83

    Lee I’m a huge fan of Kelly as I’ve said a few times on here. We don’t have a good record with injuries or injury management bit you’d still want him at nufc. Pace to burn, decent athlete, good cross on him if left back, and Eddie knows him.

    2
  • magicmac54

    May 7, 2024 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #84

    DR Gloom

    Ah sorry to hear you can’t make it on Saturday mate that’s unfortunate, another time in the future without doubt lad.

    2
  • Mund

    May 7, 2024 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #85

    Casey who said Bruno would leave to go to Arsenal or PSG is now saying Bruno is reluctant to go to the Gooners…

    Such a whopper…

    He replied to someone saying if he was 24 and not 28 he’d be staying but he wants to win this and that blah blah blah…

    Bruno is 26 for clarification.

    To think some look up to this bluffer

    6
  • DrGloom

    May 7, 2024 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #86

    Magic, for sure – shame not to meet up with faces old and new but it is what it is … have a great time buddy

    2
  • Fat Basta*d

    May 7, 2024 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #87

    Just need Real to win tomorrow then dont care who wins it.

    0
  • jukitsu

    May 7, 2024 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #88

    PSG out, so happy. Cheats!

    8
  • Mund

    May 7, 2024 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #89

    To think other sets of fans laughed at us for getting knocked out of the group stage and finishing bottom but then you see the two top teams of that group in a CL semi final against each other and to think we were robbed and PSG should of been down and out.

    How things could of been a lot different

    11
  • Ooooo........it's Nicky the ball tosser

    May 7, 2024 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #90

    Things really could have so easily been different. Top four and deep in all Cup competitions, very definitely on, had we simply had an average season in terms of the time our better players being on the pitch. Oh well. Take it on the chin and roll on of course. Next season we’ll better show our true worth. We’ll be a proper threat in all comps, barring the very unlikely event of lightning striking twice.

    8
  • lochinvar

    May 7, 2024 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #91

    Tonights paper gossip includes

    The Magpies’ English left-back Lewis Hall, 19, has emerged as a summer target for Borussia Dortmund. (Givemesport)

    Yawn

    5
  • WLtoon

    May 8, 2024 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #92

    Well done to Dortmund for knocking the cheating footers out of the semi`s, justice was done eventually.

    9
  • Not another deJong

    May 8, 2024 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #93

    Philipp Hinze

    @philipphinze24
    Follow
    Exclusive update on Benjamin #Sesko: The release clause in the Slovenian’s contract, valid from this summer, is performance-based. In the winter, the amount was still €50m. Due to his good performances during the second half of the season, the release clause has now risen to €65m. The amount depends on playing time, goals and assists. In the maximum case, the sum can rise to €70m-€75m – depending on Sesko’s last two games of the season for Leipzig. Top Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on the 20-year-old striker.
    @acmilan
    also interested.

    So far
    @RBLeipzig
    :
    40 games
    16 goals
    2 assists
    —————————————

    With those stats and cost, I hope he goes to Arsenal. Looks good but I would prefer to keep Isak.

    0
  • Not another deJong

    May 8, 2024 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #94

    If you did not already know, players who are out of contract this summer are:
    Loris Karius – Goalkeeper
    Paul Dummett – Centre-Back
    Kell Watts – Centre-Back
    Jeff Hendrick – Midfielder
    Matt Ritchie – Winger

    Only three are regularly on the bench and with a fully fit squad would not need replacing. Although they have good character and experience, they make way for others to come into the squad.

    3
  • Not another deJong

    May 8, 2024 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #95

    Chelsea are looking to off load 22yo Albanian striker Armando Broja, he would be an ideal candidate for nufc. However I think he has suffered this season from not regularly starting and it would be the same if he came to us.

    0
  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 8, 2024 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #96

    magic…

    That was a great vid you put up.

    All four spoke with intelligence and conviction.

    A very good watch.

    1
  • JohnJ

    May 8, 2024 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #97

    Bills,

    Just for a moment I thought you were talking about the song by Eric Bogle that Magic put up earlier!

    1
  • magicmac54

    May 8, 2024 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #98

    Good Morning Lads

    The Latest episode of the Irish Mags Show.

    HWTL

    https://youtu.be/quGaYrQqqf8?si=XEb5EQV3xUCJcgTU

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 8, 2024 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #99

    This is from Sanjay who speaks so much sense a lot of the time on the Lloyd Kelly deal. You can see why Eddie is going for him:

    “ Lloyd Kelly is a player that I love, and I’ve been talking about him for the best part of 3 years now.

    He’s got great recovery pace, is competent with the ball, strong aerially, and by all accounts is a leader too.

    He solves issues in our squad both now and in the future. While Botman is out, he gives us another left-footed CB option apart from Burn, while either can also play at LB.

    And when Botman in back starting again, he effectively becomes a replacement for Burn as he starts to age.

    A player who can play LB when we need that asymmetric shape, extra height and extra physicality – and also a competent ball-playing LCB as a backup to Botman.

    It makes so much sense from a squad planning perspective. His injury record is a worry, but hopefully when used as a squad player, it’ll be less of an issue.

    If he signs, it’s a great move for #NUFC.”

    Get him signed 🙂

    4
  • magicmac54

    May 8, 2024 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #100

    Bills Son Is Back

    Good morning Bill,
    Thank you ever so much for the kind gesture in reference to the tickets for the Brighton game at the weekend, your very thoughtful and kind offer is very much appreciated.

    PS i hope your hip operation went really well, and your as good as new in the very near future Bill.

    2
  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 8, 2024 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #101

    Magic…

    I’m doing your ticket transfer now, you should get a link within the next hour to download it to your fone.

    See you on Saturday 🙂

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  • magicmac54

    May 8, 2024 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #102

    Bills Son Is Back

    Yes Sir Peter The Pug was in touch a few moments ago to get my membership number and postcode, i wasn`t sure of the process of the transfer of tickets, but it`s starting to be a little more clear now mate. Do you want paid today for the ticket Bill or will Saturday do? And thanks again Sir.

    3
  • clinath@ed

    May 8, 2024 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #103

    65 today fellow TOON lovers.
    Feel it too, just back from a rugby tour weekend in Antwerp, Belgium.

    3
  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 8, 2024 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #104

    Happy Borthda clinath@ed.

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 8, 2024 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #105

    I just hope Kelly doesn’t spend his four or five years here with 50% of his time on tye treatment table. I don’t think being a ‘squad’ player has any revelance, players with his kind of injury record, as we’ve seen with Wilson don’t even have to be playing 90 minutes regularly to get crocked. He can just as likely pull up in training as he can get crocked in a 50/50 tackle.

    2
  • Adamn_92

    May 8, 2024 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #106

    Raj

    Dummett has a worse injury record.

    Kelly is better than Dummett.

    Therefore it’s an upgrade and makes the team stronger, for free too.

    Seems very sensible business 🙂

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 8, 2024 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #107

    Adamn_92,
    So why not find a player who has no injury history, that is a terrible example. I just hope he remains injury free, if he carries on like he is missing half the games then it’s an uttey pointless signing. If his sole purpose is to be a ‘squad’ player and allowed the first eleven to be rested then how can you do that if when needed most he’s not fit.

    0
  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 8, 2024 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #108

    Magic…

    Saturday is fine for the dosh.

    You should have had the email to download the ticket, just make sure you have plenty of charge on yr fone to show the bar code on entry.

    The stewards a really helpful with first time users.

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 8, 2024 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #109

    Anyway, it looks like a done deal so we get behind him and hope he’s over any injury woes he might have had.

    0
  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 8, 2024 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #110

    Jail…

    If I confirm an arrival time at Shearers can you meet me out of the car so I can go straight to the meet without shuffling round to find you on my crutches.

    Aiming to be there for 1pm but will confirm tomorrow.

    1
  • Adamn_92

    May 8, 2024 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #111

    Raj

    Because Kelly is free and can cover center back and left.

    So we still have Botman, Schar, Burn, Lascelles, Hall, Tino, Krafth, Alex Murphy.

    So replacing someone like Ritchie or Dummett with Kelly in a no-brainer on a free to make the squad stronger, even with an iffy injury record.

    It leaves money available to potentially sign a much stronger young center half, or focus on other areas that will cost a decent wedge, like we’re apparently after a right winger. Then if we go for a goalkeeper and young striker, that won’t be cheap either.

    So saving money with a free transfer is a win-win regardless if their injury record isn’t amazing.

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  • WLtoon

    May 8, 2024 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #112

    Morning all, how many are meeting on Saturday then?
    Is anyone starting off elsewhere before Shearers because im thinking of going to The Centurian early doors.

    How come there seems to be plenty of spare tickets kicking about on a matchday, judging by the amount of spare tickets being handed around by fellow bloggers it seems games are not being sold out.

    2
  • lochinvar

    May 8, 2024 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #113

    Magic
    Great to see that you’ve secured a ticket.
    Great that Bill’s Son managed to sort that, hope he can still get.

    Now there’s just the EPL questionnaire to complete (100 questions) to check if you’re fit and proper to be allowed in to SJP.
    Daresay we can all help with that on Saturday !

    Dress code: Black and white.

    HWTL

    1
  • magicmac54

    May 8, 2024 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #114

    Bills Son Is Back

    That`s it all done now Bill and downloaded to the wallet on my phone, it`s all systems go now thanks to you mate, no problem i`ll square you up on Saturday then Bill, cheers.

    HWTL

    2
  • magicmac54

    May 8, 2024 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #115

    Lochinvar

    All i have to do now is look out for the guy in the bowler hat and kilt 😀 😀 😀

    HWTL

    1
  • JohnJ

    May 8, 2024 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #116

    clinath@ed
    May 8, 2024 at 9:22 AM
    Comment #103
    65 today fellow TOON lovers.
    Feel it too, just back from a rugby tour weekend in Antwerp, Belgium.

    Best wishes Marra – hope you have a wonderful day!

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 8, 2024 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #117

    Adamn_92,
    I’ve not got much room in my garage, it doesn’t matter if someone gives me a bike for free if it’s got two flat tyres just incase my one gets a flat tyre too.

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 8, 2024 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #118

    Bill’s I think I might be in the ground at one.

    0
  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 8, 2024 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #119

    WLtoon,
    Myself and Swablr will be in Centurion at 11:20

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  • WLtoon

    May 8, 2024 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #120

    Lloyd Kelly seems to be in the bag by all accounts, a free transfer for an above average PL defender is good business, a bit of concern about his injury record though, but he is certainly an upgrade on Dummet as a squad player.
    He has the pace we lack , very important.

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