Eddie Gray says Newcastle and Brighton will be nervously looking over their shoulders if Leeds United win on Friday night.
The club legend claims that Rafa Benitez will then be thinking he has got to beat Huddersfield, whilst Chris Hughton will believe a victory at Forest is imperative.
I must admit, I had to have a look at the Championship table (see below) as I thought I must have misread it the last time I looked.
But no, sure enough with only 12 games to go, Newcastle are 12 points ahead of Leeds and Brighton 10 above the Yorkshire club, plus both have a massive goal difference advantage over Monk’s team.
Obviously you can never rule anything out until mathematically certain but I reckon it will be Huddersfield who are very much in Chris’ and Rafa’s minds, rather than the Elland Road outfit.
Defeats for Newcastle & Brighton would leave Huddersfield only three points adrift of the Seagulls and five behind the Magpies, with a game in hand on both.
Hopefully Birmingham can put a major hole in Eddie Gray’s optimism, whether it is misplaced or not, and then Rafa’s players put further daylight between themselves and those chasing the automatic promotion places.
Eddie Gray also tips Chris Wood to score at St Andrew’s tonight and if he does he will move clear at the top of the goalscoring charts, the pair of them currently tied on 20 goals. Though the Newcastle striker has scored his at a rate of once every 90 minutes on the pitch, whilst Wood is once ever 132 minutes.
Eddie Gray talking to Leeds United TV:
“It will be good to go and win the game on Friday night and let the other teams be thinking that Leeds United are still going really well.
“If we win the game on Friday night then the top two team will be thinking ‘we have got to win our game’ and they have both got tough away games.
“Newcastle are going to Huddersfield – which is a hard game for anybody, whilst Brighton are at Forest, so tough games.
“We (Leeds) will win (against Birmingham) with an odd goal in three, Chris Wood to score.”
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