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This should be perfect day for Newcastle United – Surely nothing can go wrong…

2 months ago
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It is matchday and the sun is shining on Newcastle United.

A beautiful February day on Tyneside and one perfect for football.

Friday night’s events have perfectly set up today at St James Park.

Fulham and Cardiff crumbling to poor home defeats, conceding eight goals between them.

A win for Newcastle today would put them 17 points ahead of Huddersfield and 11 above Fulham, surely making it all but confirmed those two won’t be catching Rafa’s team in the remaining 11 games.

Victory would also put Newcastle four points above the drop zone, at least until Southampton visit Arsenal on Sunday. At the very least after the weekend it would mean NUFC being three points above Cardiff and with a massive goal difference advantage, if Southampton managed to get anything tomorrow.

With results and sunshine in their favour, the fact there are so few games today, very much puts Newcastle United in the spotlight.

Saturday 23 February Premier League fixtures:

Burnley v Tottenham (12.30pm)

Bournemouth v Wolves (3pm)

Newcastle v Huddersfield (3pm)

Leicester v Crystal Palace (5.30pm)

Despite Tottenham still being on the fringes of the title race, I bet Match of The Day are looking at the Newcastle match as their preferred/likely main focus.

Today could be a brilliant launch pad for a more positive Newcastle United, at least for these next few months.

Rafa has got almost his whole squad to choose from, with the exception of Clark and Elliot.

I think the manager will surprise/disappoint those expecting Almiron to start.

Instead I see him relying on the same players/formation that has picked up seven points in the past four PL games and expect to pick off Huddersfield as they have a bit of a go today.

The ideal scenario in my mind sees Newcastle putting a couple of goals away and then Miguel Almiron having the platform to then come on for the final 20/25 minutes against tiring legs and dazzling us with his pace and direct running. A goal on his home debut to round things off.

Gary Lineker and friends then analysing how Newcastle can progress from this point if Almiron signing is the start of some ambition.

A bit like the win against Man Utd just over a year ago, this victory setting in motion a positive run of results to add to those seven point before the two week break without games.

If Rafa Benitez can then get safety achieved early like he did last season, he and the fans can start to put some real pressure/focus on Mike Ashley to sort the future out.

Don’t let any clouds spoil our day.

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