It is Newcastle v Leeds on Friday, the match moved for live TV to a Friday night slot and yes still instantly sold out three weeks before it takes place.
To most neutrals, this is the game that most spells Premier League in terms of the ‘names’ of the two clubs involved.
Leeds star Kemar Roofe has never played at St James Park before and says it is going to be a ‘massive occasion’ but that at the same time ‘Friday is just another three points…’.
The 24 year old midfielder/winger is a player that Newcastle were linked with a number of times last season, as he scored 18 goals in 40 League Two games for Oxford.
A classic case possibly of a player having to take a step backwards before going forwards again, Kemar Roofe came through at Premier League club West Brom but didn’t get a chance with the first team.
After loan spells he eventually made a permanent move down the divisions to Oxford but then Leeds have given him his chance and he could potentially be returning to the top tier as early as this coming August. However, he hasn’t found goalscoring quite as easy in the Championship, scoring just three so far.
Leeds’ win over Preston gives them a cushion of five points over those outside the play-off places but 12 points off Newcastle with only five games remaining.
The game promises much, as Newcastle look to ensure automatic promotion and the visitors a play-off place, plus the small matter of over fifty two thousand expectant fans paying to watch, as well as possibly the largest Championship TV audience of the season.
“I have never played at St James Park, so hopefully it will be my first time (on Friday).
“It is going to be a massive occasion but it is just another game.
“We’re going to do our best and we are confident in what we do, we can only look after ourselves.
“The game is 50-50 – 11 versus 11 – and they don’t have any more players than us.
“Friday is just another three points to push us on and cement that play-off place.
“We have got the players to do it and we showed against Preston (beat them 3-0 at the weekend) that, when we have got the ball and we are passing it around and attacking, we’re one of the best in the league.”