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Champions League Predictor Says Newcastle Can Do It

10 years ago

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.

At the time I was ridiculed by some but 11 matches into this sequence and with only 5 remaining, thanks to the hard fought win against Bolton, Newcastle United continue to be 1 point ahead of schedule.

It might have been a mazy route to this current total of 59 points, with some unexpected points both gained and lost, but the principle remains the same.

If Newcastle can do the business by putting the points on the board then I’m confident we’ll end up in the Champions League, Arsenal and Chelsea might have got late wins at the weekend but Fulham’s equaliser last night combined with Spurs only picking up one point from their last six, is further proof that we have fragile opponents in that race for Europe.

Question is – have Newcastle United got the character and reserves to see it through?

Predictions below with result 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


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