Back at the end of January before the Blackburn match I looked at the possibility of Newcastle grabbing a Champions League spot.

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 12 matches into this sequence and with only 4 remaining, thanks to the outclassing of Stoke, Newcastle United are 1 point ahead of schedule.

So only six short of the sixty eight points that were needed last season, Newcastle have four matches to get six points and our ‘predictor’ sees United getting seven more.

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

Stoke City (H) – WIN, Wigan (A) – WIN, Man. City (H) – DRAW, Everton  (A) –  WIN