At St James Park today it is Newcastle v Brentford, third v seventh.
Only four points separate the two teams and a win for Brentford would put them either fourth or fifth.
However, Newcastle fans are all saying that this is a definite easy three points for United and if not then…
Except I haven’t heard a single Newcastle United fan say this.
Instead it looks like one of those classic cases whereby the media/pundits/experts make lazy assumptions to give them a basis for their articles/coverage.
Newcastle fans thinking it will be a tough match against Brentford isn’t really quite sexy enough, much better to have Toon supporters thinking it will be easy against these no-marks.
The reality of course is that Newcastle supporters are well aware that there are no easy games this season, playing bottom club Rotherham in our last match, you couldn’t really tell much difference between them and pretty much any other team United have played this season.
If anybody is getting carried away and think this is going to be a stroll, simply looking at the basic facts will give you warning signs.
Brentford have proved to have a better defence (conceded 9 to Newcastle’s 10) so far this season, plus they have lost the same amount of matches (three) as NUFC.
Newcastle have already lost to currently 12th placed Wolves and 15th placed Fulham, so why should it be an automatic win against seventh placed Brentford, just because they are perceived as a smaller club?
When you add to a very good defence (only two clubs have conceded less than Brentford) the fact that today’s visitors have the most in-form striker in the division, Scott Hogan, with 13 goals in his last 14 Championship matches – I get all the worries of a classic hit and run with a tough defence to break down and a dangerous striker at the other end.
Newcastle have got a better team and better players than Brentford and probably the other 22 Championship clubs but that has to be shown in each and every game.
I don’t sense any complacency amongst Newcastle fans and certainly not from Rafa Benitez, I do though believe that the media want to believe that everybody at Newcastle United believes this match and season is going to be easy.