On top of their stuttering performances, Chelsea’s fixture congestion can only be good news for Newcastle United.
Even without this latest bonus (and the two point advantage we have over the Kings Roaders) I just have a funny feeling it is between us and Tottenham for fourth spot.
Look at the remaining fixtures and see if you can spot a strange coincidence…..
21st April 3pm Newcastle v Stoke
21st April 5.30pm QPR v Spurs
28th April 3pm Wigan v Newcastle
29th April 4pm Spurs v Blackburn
2nd May 7.45pm Chelsea v Newcastle
2nd May 8pm Bolton v Spurs
6th May 1.30pm Newcastle v Manchester City
6th May 2pm Villa v Spurs
13th May 3pm Everton v Newcastle
13th May 3pm Spurs v Fulham
Yes, if you are wide awake you will have noticed that in every round of matches Newcastle will have decided their match before Spurs, right up until the last day when everybody start at the same time.
I think the contest will be decided in the first two rounds of games and United must have a clear advantage if they get wins against Stoke and Wigan, Spurs having to go into their matches knowing they are at least three points behind.
In recent times I’ve always felt Newcastle’s destiny is in their own hands.
I originally fancied Newcastle to beat Stoke, Wigan and Everton, get a point off Manchester City and a defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Looking at Spurs’ remaining matches I can imagine draws away at Bolton, QPR and Villa, with Tottenham winning at home to Fulham and Blackburn.
If that became reality then Chelsea would need four wins out of five to deny us which I see as unlikely.
I’m convinced that if we beat Stoke and Wigan then Champions League qualification is ours.
What people need to remember is that to beat the likes of Spurs, you don’t necessarily need to beat the likes of Spurs….if you know what I mean ‘arry!