Newcastle will aim to finish the season in the right way when they welcome Barnsley to St. James’ Park in their final game of the season. The title may be out of their hands, however, United are still well in with a chance. With a point in it. It’s all to play for.
Will they do it?
After a good campaign, United will be looking to make a great end to it on Sunday. After the Huddersfield win in March, United had one hand on the League title. However, a poor run of games, in which United slipped to defeats against Fulham and Ipswich, saw United’s strong position overcome by Brighton. Who would then establish a strong lead. Yet, Newcastle have been chipping away at this lead, thanks in part to Brighton’s poor run of form, leaving the gap at just one point going into the final game.
Brighton travel to Villa at the same time as Newcastle do on Sunday. It is very much still in their hands but United can make it difficult for them. The visitors on Saturday are Barnsley, a team who haven’t won since the 8th of April when they beat Blackburn away from home. They currently sit 14th in the table. With a win they could get to the 12th in the table which would signal a decent season for Paul Heckingbottom’s men.
However, despite Barnsley’s obvious threats, Newcastle have a job to do. Despite it being out of their hands, they must prey on any jitters which come out of Villa Park. Both Brighton and Newcastle will be expected to win their games but United must dream even if they don’t win the league they can finish the year off in the right way. Despite not being easy, Newcastle’s season has been a success. Not winning the league would be a big disappointment but we must remember that the main goal of promotion has been secured and Benitez must be given credit. For many other managers this would have been the impossible job. However, Benitez has made it possible. It may still seem unlikely to win the title on Sunday but we can still dream.
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