So is the Champions League a possibility for United?
Coming off the back of a bizarre game of two halves, ending in a 5-2 defeat, the resounding answer is very likely to be NO!
However, we are not talking here about whether Newcastle United can win the Title, we are talking about whether there is any possibility our team could get more points than a stuttering trio of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal?
Yes we ended up having a nightmare second half at Craven Cottage but at the same time Liverpool were outclassed at Bolton, Chelsea struggled to a draw at Norwich, while Arsenal were outplayed at home by a seriously weakened Manchester United.
Maybe it is best to even leave aside our ‘competitors’ for the to four spot, we might as well say this as nobody else will include us in any permutations looking up the table.
If you look at last season, the team in fourth was Arsenal who amassed 68 points, so should the question not be, could Newcastle United grab another 32 points from the remaining 16 Premier League matches?
You are talking about an average of 2 points a game, or in other words an average of a win and a draw every two matches.
Going through the matches I’ve made the following predictions which very coincidentally comes out at 32 points, with 9 wins, 5 draws and 2 defeats.
So far in 22 matches, we have gained 36 points with 10 wins, 6 draws and 6 defeats. Obviously we would have to step up on that form but not by much.
I’ve even being very realistic/pessimistic in the treatment of our next three matches, only winning against Villa with a point at Blackburn and defeat at White Hart Lane.
Is 68 points and/or Champions League football probable? No.
Is it possible Newcastle United COULD amass 68 points? Yes.
It is an old saying but still a valid one, there’s nothing wrong in reaching for the stars and if you fall short, a Europa League placing would represent massive progress under Alan Pardew.
Blackburn (A) – DRAW, Aston Villa (H) – WIN, Spurs (A) – DEFEAT, Wolves (H) – WIN
Mackems (H) – WIN, Arsenal (A) – DRAW, Norwich City (H) – WIN, WBA (A) – DRAW
Liverpool (H) – WIN, Swansea (A) – DRAW, Bolton (H) – WIN, Chelsea (A) – DEFEAT
Stoke City (H) – WIN, Wigan (A) – WIN, Man. City (H) – DRAW, Everton (A) – WIN