As a rough guide I used last season’s number of points as a pointer and Arsenal finished in fourth with 68 points. So my question was, with United at that time standing on 36 points, whether it was possible for Newcastle to pick up 32 points from their final 16 matches?
The answer was yes as I went through each match and my predictions came out at exactly 32 points.
In January I was ridiculed by some but 14 matches into this sequence and with only 2 remaining, thanks to the outstanding win at Chelsea cancelling out the dire defeat at Wigan, Newcastle United are 1 point ahead of schedule.
So only three short of the sixty eight points that were needed last season, Newcastle have two matches to get three points and our ‘predictor’ sees United getting four more.
With Norwich doing the business at Arsenal, if Newcastle can beat Manchester City then on the final weekend 68 points would be enough to put Newcastle top four if Arsenal failed to get anything at West Brom.
Predictions below with outcome in Italics where I got the result wrong….
Blackburn (A) – DRAW (won), Aston Villa (H) - WIN, Spurs (A) – DEFEAT, Wolves (H) – WIN (draw)
Mackems (H) – WIN (draw), Arsenal (A) – DRAW (lost), Norwich City (H) – WIN, WBA (A) – DRAW (won)
Liverpool (H) – WIN, Swansea (A) – DRAW (won), Bolton (H) – WIN, Chelsea (A) – DEFEAT (WON!)
Stoke City (H) – WIN, Wigan (A) – WIN (lost), Man. City (H) – DRAW, Everton (A) – WIN