SJP1The latest changes to Newcastle’s remaining matches have just been announced and there are two matches moved for the benefit of the armchair audience.

Predictably the home match against the mackems is to be televised but the change to the schedule is minimal, kick-off was originally scheduled for 1.30pm on Saturday 13 April and the match remains on that day, but kick-off is brought forward 45 minutes for a 12.45pm start. That match to be shown on SKY.

The other game to be moved is the home clash with Liverpool which should see another sell-out, again the change to the match is minimal, the date remains Saturday 27 April but the kick-off is now 5.30pm instead of 3pm. That match is to be screened by ESPN.

However, on the official NUFC website there is a rather strangely worded proviso;

‘However, the Liverpool game will move to Sunday 28 April with a 12 noon kick-off, and remain live on ESPN, should Liverpool reach the Europa League semi-final’.

Having checked the fixtures I can’t see any special circumstances that apply to only Liverpool, so I assume someone should be having a bit more faith and added ‘or Newcastle….reach the Europa League semi-final’.

The scheduled semi-final dates for any clubs getting that far are Thursday 25 April and Thursday 2 May.

Here’s hoping!

***We’ve just had word back from Newcastle United and if either Liverpool or Newcastle (or both!) get to the Europa semi-final, then NUFC v Liverpool will be a noon kick-off on Sunday 28 April.

amacdee 5pts

My concern is that our two wins (in the form table) have come at home against teams who, according to their respective managers, didnt turn up. Can we expect to find another five or six teams so generous ?

I dont trust McWally to get these players performing to their highest standards week in, week out so ultimately I think it's down to the players themselves and their levels of confidence that'll see us over the line. A win at the home of Roman's Roubles would go a long way to inspiring them.

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

I wouldn’t bet against the Toon in this one…or go strictly off the form table… it was against Arsenal the number crunchers had us run over and stuffed before the game, but the lads had a real go and were very unlucky to come away with nothing…

...could get a point this time…who knows!!

EthanHoward 5pts

Who would have predicted that this game would be between 13th placed Chelsea vs Newcastle (17th) before the start of season. If you want to watch live streaming, subscribe with PureVPN and get access to online channels which are restricted like Sky Sports, BT Sports, ESPN and more

jimblag 5pts

@EthanHoward  It's like that episode of Southpark where people are actually online ads. GO AWAY

ArtyH 5pts

Next 2 games will define our season as they are against Chelsea Away and Man City Home. If we can get some points against these two it will be a miracle I know but should boost the teams confidence. Then March sees Stoke A & Bournemouth at H possible 2>4 points, followed by Leicester A, forget about that one, then the Derby at home 3 points, must be this year! Into April, Norwich & Southampton A>3 or 4 points. Then Swansea H 3 points Liverpool A 0 ( we NEVER win at Anfield ) and Palace H 3 points. As Shearer says " Squeaky bum time in May, hopefully a dispirited Villa side away for 3 points and a home tie with Spuds to finish the season with a win or draw, so go for a draw on this one unless we are NOT wallowing in the bottom four, if we are it will be a nervy game and we could even crash out with a loose. So possibly  22 points from that very optimistic list, no not predictions but what we need for safety. I just hope it goes something like that. Will be interesting to see how it pans out when its generally accepted it takes 40 points for safety. There are only 13 games left = 39 points available so taking the mean average of say 20 that would put us on 44 which would give us some wiggle room, but where will it come from I wonder???

I wrote this to try and convince myself we have a chance of staying up, but at the back of my mind I just know with our past history it will go to rat poop, just hope i am wrong.  

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

@ArtyH       The Man C game has been rearranged, and no date has been settled yet (certainly not Feb though)…due to their participation in the cups, etc…

Dick Turpintyne
Dick Turpintyne 5pts

I think the most interesting thing about the table is where the likes of Villa, B'moth, Swansea and even Sunderland are they are all improving more than we are and with 13 games to go anything can happen.

Stoke, WBA and hopefully Palace are going to be dragged into the mire.