Player turned pundit Peter Beagrie, has been talking about Newcastle United’s chances of promotion.

The former Sunderland and Middlesbrough winger says his opinion hasn’t changed since the start of the season.

Peter Beagrie believes that the big test for the Magpies came with the three away games against clubs in the top five and that they ‘proved their credentials’ with seven points from nine.

The pundit thinks that these results gave Newcastle ‘breathing space’ and that Rafa has a great combination of ‘loads of options and alternatives’ as well as ‘an easy run-in’.

At the end of the season Peter Beagrie says ‘I fully expect Newcastle to go up as champions, absolutely’.

Today Newcastle face Fulham who have the best form in the Championship over the course of the last half dozen matches.

However, after that there are three games against clubs in the bottom eight.

A win today on Rafa’s first anniversary will round off this difficult run of games and give even more breathing space…

Peter Beagrie speaking on EFL Weekly Podcast:

“I can’t see anything stopping Newcastle going up, nothing at all.

“Newcastle United don’t look at all like they will be derailed.

“These three games (Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading away) were the big test, part of it without Dwight Gayle.

“But seven points out of nine, they proved their credentials, the quality of the squad – able to deal without their star player.

“Loads of options and alternatives, they’ve got what I would call an easy run-in and they have given themselves breathing space.

I fully expect Newcastle to go up as champions, absolutely.

“I thought that at the start of the season and nothing has changed.”

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