Alan Shearer will be one of almost fifty thousand Newcastle fans inside St James Park tonight,

The number nine legend thinks it ‘will be a great atmosphere’ and just wishes he was playing himself.

Alan Shearer scored more goals against Leeds United than any other team in his career and says ‘it was just one of those teams that I seemed to score against’.

It is 13 years since Leeds met Newcastle in the Premier League and it sums up his scoring record, that in their last top tier campaign (2003/04), it was Alan Shearer who scored the only goal of the game as Newcastle won 1-0 at St James Park, plus scored both goals at Elland Road in a 2-2 draw.

Describing it as a ‘big game for both clubs’, Shearer also has a warning for Rafa Benitez and his team.

The former striker thinks if Newcastle fail to win ‘the pressure will become intense’.

Just how much pressure will depend a lot on how the earlier games play out.

Huddersfield play at home to Preston at 3pm, then Brighton have a 5pm kick-off at Wolves. Anything less than a win for David Wagner’s players would mean Newcastle going at least 12 points clear of Huddersfield with only four games remaining (five for the Terriers).

The worst case scenario would see Newcastle’s lead over Huddersfield reduced to seven points and that game in hand potentially making it only a four point gap.

Let’s hope that proves an empty fear and somebody borrows Alan Shearer’s boots and knocks a few past Garry Monk’s team in front of a packed St James Park.

Alan Shearer speaking to Coral:

“It will be a great atmosphere.

“I will be at the game myself – I wish I was playing.

“I had a great record against Leeds, scoring goals.

“I loved playing against Leeds, home and away, whether it was for Blackburn, whether it was for Southampton, whether it was for Newcastle. It was just one of those teams that I seemed to score against.

“It will be a great atmosphere and Newcastle have to get back to winning ways.

“If Newcastle don’t win the game the pressure will become intense.

“I’m looking forward to it and Leeds have got their own reasons for wanting to win – pushing for the play-off places.

“A big game for both clubs.”