Newcastle United pulled in yet another healthy audience for the TV schedulers last Saturday.
The away match at Huddersfield providing plenty entertainment for neutrals and captivating for home and away supporters, for very different reasons.
However, after that third v first match, Sky Sports have surprisingly taken the decision to leave Newcastle United well alone for the following five weeks worth of games.
In one way you can maybe understand the decision, with Rafa Benitez and his team up against Fulham home, Birmingham away, before then consecutive home games against Wigan and Burton.
Matches such as Bristol City and Blackburn have taught all of us not to take anything for granted but I think certainly many of those neutrals will believe there is every chance of Newcastle up full points from the four games.
If that happened, it could mean Newcastle being promoted without a live tv camera in sight.
Four wins would put Newcastle on 89 points with six games to play and even if they won every match they have left: Leeds, Reading, Huddersfield and Fulham couldn’t overtake Newcastle, even if the Mapies lost all of those last six. Leeds could reach 89 points by the end of the season but are a massive 26 goals worse off in terms of goal difference.
Brighton could still catch Newcastle even if they lost their next four games but Huddersfield would need to pick up at least four points before Newcastle kick-off against Sheffield Wednesday at 5.30pm on Saturday 8 April, or otherwise Newcastle would be already promoted (IF of course we win our next four games.
For those who resent the power the TV companies wield, particularly when moving games for live broadcast, it would be amusing Sky Sports then missed the moment when Newcastle were promoted.
Here’s to the next four games (and beyond)!
Ipswich is almost certainly not going to be televised unless it is a very late decision by Sky Sports and with all Championship games kicking off at noon on Sunday 7 May, it means only the Preston and Cardiff matches are realistically still possibilities to be moved now for live tv.
REMAINING NEWCASTLE MATCHES
Saturday 11 March – Newcastle v Fulham (3pm)
Saturday 18 March – Birmingham v Newcastle (3pm)
Saturday 1 April – Newcastle v Wigan (3pm).
Wednesday 5 April – Newcastle v Burton (7.45pm)
Saturday 8 April – Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle (5.30pm) SKY SPORTS
Friday 14 April – Newcastle v Leeds (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS
Monday 17 April – Ipswich v Newcastle (3pm)
Saturday 22 April – Newcastle v Preston (3pm)
Saturday 29 April – Cardiff v Newcastle (3pm)
Sunday 7 May – Newcastle v Barnsley (12 noon)
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