Paul Merson has been talking about how he sees the rest of the season going for Newcastle United.

With 15 matches of their season remaining, Newcastle are top with 66 points, one ahead of Brighton and five in front of Huddersfield, then having a game more (32), there are Reading (six points off top) and Leeds (nine points off).

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Paul Merson says that he ‘can’t see anything else but Newcastle going up’, although he then does slightly contradict himself

The former Middlesbrough player adding that the next three away matches ‘will be the making or breaking of Newcastle’.

What is reality, is that Newcastle have five matches with the first and last only 15 days apart, and after the final whistle at Reading we should have a far clearer idea of exactly how ‘easy’ or difficult the remaining 10 match period of the season will look.

Paul Merson says that if Newcastle beat Brighton, Reading and Huddersfield, then they will finish top by 12 points.

I don’t know about that but certainly picking up those nine points and depriving the nearest challengers of the points, would almost certainly equal automatic promotion.

As we are often reminded though, all games come (more or less) equally in this division and first up we have two very winnable looking home games with Villa and Bristol City.

I’m not expecting 15 points from these next five matches but it is a little bit disconcerting just how very different things could look , good or bad, after this intense period of games.

By 7 March, Newcastle could have anything up to 81 points but the likelihood is somewhere in between, hopefully closer to 81 points than the current 66.

I’m going for 10 points as a very acceptable return and Newcastle would then sit on 76 points with 10 games to play, with 90 points usually the benchmark for guaranteeing automatic promotion.

Paul Merson talking to Talksport:

“I can’t see anything else but Newcastle going up.

“Although they have three very difficult away games coming up.

“That will be the making or breaking of Newcastle.

“If they win all those three, they will win the league by 12 points."

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Saturday 25 February – Newcastle v Bristol City (3pm)

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Tuesday 28 February – Brighton v Newcastle (7.45pm) – SKY SPORTS

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Saturday 4 March – Huddersfield v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS

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Tuesday 7 March – Reading v Newcastle (7.45pm)

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Saturday 11 March – Newcastle v Fulham (3pm)

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Saturday 18 March – Birmingham v Newcastle (3pm)

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Saturday 1 April – Newcastle v Wigan (3pm)

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Wednesday 5 April – Newcastle v Burton (7.45pm)

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