These last two home games haven’t been pretty but those ever so valuable six points have put Newcastle United on the brink of promotion.
This is where we are now at…
A win for Newcastle at Sheffield Wednesday would ensure that nobody outside the top four could catch Rafa’s team (well Leeds technically could but they would need to win their last six matches, Newcastle lose their last five, and Monk’s men close a 27 goal inferior goal difference).
Brighton are vying with Newcastle for top spot and so that leaves only Huddersfield and Reading who could then interfere with the top two.
Newcastle are (see below) currently 10 points ahead of Huddersfield and 11 points ahead of Reading.
If Reading fail to win at Norwich then the most points they could end up with would be 89. Which means that if Newcastle beat Sheff Wed and Leeds they would be on 90 points with four games remaining.
So that just leaves Huddersfield.
They play twice before Newcastle meet Leeds on Friday night (see fixtures below) and need more than one point from the games against Forest and Preston, or else the most points they could get would be 90, the same as NUFC (assuming Newcastle beat Sheff Wed and Leeds), so with a 34 goal advantage in terms of goal difference that would be Newcastle effectively promoted.
The Newcastle v Leeds match was sold out a couple of weeks ago and already promises to be a cracker, just how much better would it be if Rafa Benitez and his team could be promoted that night?
The current Championship table on afternoon of Friday 7 April:
Upcoming Championship fixtures:
Saturday 8 April
Forest v Huddersfield (3pm)
Norwich v Reading (3pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle (5.30pm)
Friday 14 April
Huddersfield v Preston (3pm)
Newcastle v Leeds (7.45pm)
Saturday 15 April
Aston Villa v Reading (3pm)
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