Andy Gray is amazed that today’s Norwich v Newcastle clash isn’t (officially) being televised live in the UK.
However, the former Sky Sports pundit thinks that this could be a blessing for Newcastle fans.
Gray predicts the Rafalution will come to a shuddering halt at Norwich, with (according to him) the Canaries set to go six points clear of United.
On the surface, a defeat and a draw with only one scored, doesn’t look like it gives much room for optimism.
However, in his first nine days at the club, Rafa Benitez took his new side to the King Power Stadium and limited the title favourites to only one shot on target, whilst having a few decent chances of their own…then despite his players letting him down for the first 50-60 minutes of the derby, Rafa roused them and with some game-changing substitutions and Newcastle very much deserved their point by the end.
Before Norwich ground out their win at the Hawthorns, they hadn’t won any of the previous 11 matches and haven’t won at home now for 91 days.
So arguably the only difference in the last couple of games is that Norwich got that bit of luck when it mattered against West Brom.
Hopefully time today for Newcastle’s luck to change – with the help of Rafa Benitez.
Andy Gray writing for PaddyPower:
“The Canaries are in Newcastle’s target…but a win for them (Norwich) this Saturday would leave Newcastle in serious bother.
“Norwich are in the better form after the draw against Man City and then winning (at West Brom) before the break. Newcastle are still trying to claw them back into the fight.
“This is such a huge game for them and for the relegation scrap…I’m surprised it isn’t televised.
“But I’m looking at a home win which will move Norwich six points clear of the Magpies.”