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Super Saturday for Newcastle United

1 month ago
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Is this going to be a Super Sunday for Newcastle United?

By around 4pm this afternoon we will know the answer to that one.

However, what I do know is that its has been a Super Saturday for Newcastle United.

Or more accurately, a Super 24 hours starting around 9.30pm or so on Friday night and incorporating then most of yesterday.

Friday night saw Watford set to go six points clear of Newcastle United and the rest of the bottom three, leading Brentford with six minutes to go, only for the Bees to score twice and take all three points, the winner coming on 96 minutes!

Attention then switched to Saturday…

A nice and comfortable 3-0 win for Arsenal means that Southampton stay within six points of Newcastle.

However, elsewhere the matches were anything but straightforward for the teams expected to win (and help NUFC).

Leeds took the lead at Chelsea and then after the Blues pulled it around to 2-1, the Whites then equalised with seven minutes to go. Only for then late drama as Chelsea were awarded and scored their SECOND penalty of the match on 94 minutes.

Bielsa’s team getting the rough end of some really poor refereeing BUT happily that also keeps them only six points above Eddie Howe’s side.

The late kick-off saw Man Utd at Norwich.

The story of this match was David de Gea ended up man of the match and Man Utd won with a late very dubious penalty. The Canaries most definitely not deserving to lose this one but happily they did!

It keeps Norwich rock bottom and Newcastle can only fall below them if losing by 12 goals at Leicester.

Finally, Aston Villa have enjoyed a new manager bounce under Gerrard but that ended on Saturday.

Getting the worst of penalty decisions at both ends, Villa went down only 1-0 to a Salah spot-kick on 67 minutes when it looked like they would get something out of the match. Villa stay nine points above Newcastle and still remains outside chance could get dragged back into the relegation fight.

So on Sunday morning the Premier League table looks like this…

Premier League Table 12 December 2021

This Premier League graphic shows when all matches were to be played this weekend and on which TV and radio channels you can follow them on (Brighton v Tottenham was due to be played on Sunday but postponed due to positive Covid cases at Spurs):

Premier League Match Schedule 11 December 2021

As you can see, we now need to keep this luck rolling into Sunday.

It is in our own hands for Newcastle United to take advantage of the problems Leicester are having, potentially making it four wins in the last five PL visits if getting the three points today.

Then what a weekend it could be, if we also saw Burnley and Palace lose.

Newcastle United COULD end the weekend level on points with fourth bottom Watford, with another trio of teams only three points above.

The old saying is that the harder you work the luckier you get.

Well, Eddie Howe has been instilling plenty of that (hard work) into a Newcastle United squad who hadn’t been getting their fair share of it the last couple of years, so hopefully the luck is now going to flow NUFC’s way as well.

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