The end of the season is coming closer and closer so I decided to take a look at Newcastle’s remaining eight fixtures.
Newcastle’s first fixture is a home match vs Wigan Athletic. The Tics are currently languishing in 23rd place, seven points off safety. The last time these two teams played, Newcastle claimed all three points with goals from Mo Diame and Christian Atsu at the DW Stadium. This match should be relatively easy as Wigan are the lowest scoring team in the league and Newcastle have the best defensive record. I would predict a 2-0 or 3-0 win for Newcastle.
Burton Albion (H)
Next is another home match against Burton Albion. The last meeting between the two ended 2-1 to Newcastle. Goals from Gayle and Diame sealed the win for the travelling Toon. Burton Albion are another team that find themselves at the wrong end of the table. In the packed relegation battle at the bottom of the table, one big loss can have a catastrophic result on the team. If all the players stick to the game plan this match should be an easy win. Although stranger things have happened. My prediction is another 2-1 win for Newcastle.
Sheffield Wednesday (A)
After that match is an away trip to Sheffield Wednesday. These two teams last met on Boxing Day when Wednesday ran out 1-0 victors. However, the main reason Newcastle lost was the absence of Jonjo Shelvey who was serving the first of his five match suspension. This match will be a lot easier with Shelvey but it’s still going to be a challenge. Sheffield have some good players like Forestieri who will make it difficult. The best way to get a result from this match is to play like they would. Get in their faces and put some strong challenges in. This should throw the players off and make it easier. I think the match will end in a draw.
Next up is a home match against promotion rivals Leeds. The Yorkshire club are currently in 4th place, two points behind Huddersfield. Newcastle need to start this match with their A-game because Leeds are a strong side that will punish you if you aren’t careful. Saying this, Newcastle are a different class compared to every other Championship club. I don’t think we’ll lose but I’m not confident of a victory. I’m going for another draw.
Ipswich Town (A)
Ipswich away is going to be a historic match for both teams as Sir Bobby Robson achieved great success with both teams. The great Sir Bobby managed Ipswich for 13 years and won the UEFA Cup with the team. With Newcastle, he secured two top-four finishes, the first since the Keegan era. Focusing on the present, I think this will be an easy win for Newcastle. Last time out Newcastle secured three points with a 3-0 win. I predict another comfortable win by two or three goals.
Preston North End (H)
Newcastle have already faced Preston twice this season, once in the EFL Cup and one in the league. In the cup, Newcastle stuffed Preston 6-0 but a fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat against them the very next match. The home side will be keen to avenge this humbling defeat and won’t let the same thing happen. Preston are currently in 9th place which is decent but Newcastle have the quality to dismantle any team. I’m going for another win.
The penultimate fixture of the season is a 300 mile trip to Cardiff. The last time Newcastle faced the Bluebirds, Newcastle came out as victors winning 2-1. The team should really be expecting a similar result. Cardiff are sitting in 13th place so this should be an easy three points. Although there are no guarantees in football, this really should end in a Newcastle win.
The season closer is a home match to Barnsley. By then, Newcastle really should have promotion secured so this match should be an easy way to round off the season. Barnsley are currently sitting in 11th place which is respectable. However, losing their best player in Connor Hourihane to Aston Villa is a massive loss and will be hard to replace. These teams last met in October when a Dwight Gayle double secured the win. I’m predicting a win to finish off their Championship campaign.
Predicted point total: 98
Predicted finish: 1st
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