Newcastle’s unbeaten start to the season was brought to an end against Blackburn, and returned my predictions at two correct from the last three games against Spurs, Wigan and Blackburn Rovers.
Below I’m going to compare my predictions with what actually happened and attempt to predict what will happen in our next three games, against Stoke, Everton and Man City.
With two out of three predictions correct and only the Carling Cup defeat to Blackburn wrong, hopefully I can improve with my latest set of predictions, unless we can pull off a surprise at City. If you can’t remember what I said in my last lot then click here and see how they stack up to what happened in the actual games.
Spurs – 2-2 Draw
Wigan – 1-0 Win
Blackburn – 4-3 Loss
Current %: 66.6%
Now on to the next three games:
Monday 31st October – Stoke (a)
Earmarked by a number of fans as the true test of this season. The Britannia Stadium is a formidable place to go to. The pitch is tiny (in comparison to other Premier League grounds), and Stoke are renowned for a big, physical game, with a lot of set-piece work. If Newcastle can get a result here, it will set us up nicely for our run up towards the end of the year. Toonsy wrote the other day, “Will they pass or will they fail though? My money is on the former, even if we don’t get a result.” I share his optimism, and can see us getting at least a draw.
Saturday 5th November – Everton (h)
Back to the Fortress. Hatem Ben Arfa’s wonder strike won us three points at Goodison last season, but we were turned over 2-1 at home. The Toffees away form, at present, is better than their home form. This will be a tough game, but I think the players will be glad to be playing in front of their fans after a tough fixture in Stoke. They will also be without Royston Drenthe, who’s made a good start to his first season in the Premier League, after he was sent off against Chelsea midweek.
Saturday 19th November – Man City (a)
The Etihad Stadium is where our unbeaten stretch in the League will end. The Blues have been in incredible form this season, scoring goals for fun and completely outplaying sides at home and away. We didn’t manage to pick up any points against them last year, and Mancini’s spent even more money in the most recent transfer window. I’m not saying that we won’t put up a fight at Eastlands, I think it’s realistic to say that it will be the toughest game. But based on their current form, it would be tough not to back Man City.
That’s the look ahead to the next three fixtures. Summary: 4 points, and our first league loss, setting us up nicely in the fight for European football. Then we face Man Utd away, Chelsea at home, and then Norwich away.
What do you think?