How will we do in the next three games?

Game On at St James' Park

Home comforts against Chelsea?
After Newcastle fell to a 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, I wouldn’t say I was worried, but, I had the worst feeling that we could slip to a second, and then third loss in our next games.

What has happened in the interim, however, has given me hope.

Manchester United aren’t they’re usual best, and defensive lapses cost them midweek – putting them in a position where they could potentially end up in the Europa League whilst Chelsea conceded two late goals against Bayer Leverkusen putting them in the same position as Man Utd. Things over the next few weeks may well stay on the up.

My second set of predictions gave me another 2/3 result:

Stoke – 1-3 Win (Prediction: Draw)

Everton – 2-1 Win (Prediction: Win)

Man City – 3-1 Loss (Prediction: Loss)

Week %: 66.6

Overall %: 66.6

Now looking ahead to our next three games:

Today – Man Utd (a)

Old Trafford has been a bogey ground for us. But we head to Old Trafford with our heads held high following our first defeat in the in 12 Premier League games. Gabriel Obertan returns to his old ground with a point to prove, and all of our boys will want to bounce back with a bang. United have hit a bad patch this week, only winning 1-0 at Swansea, and then drawing midweek with Benfica. Newcastle travel there with nothing to prove, whilst it is up to Man Utd to get themselves out of this rut and stay in touch of their rivals. I dare say if things go well for us tomorrow we could pick up the 3 points, but because it’s Manchester United, I’m predicting a draw.

My prediction: Draw

Saturday 3rd December – Chelsea (h)

Back to the Park, after a two week spell in Manchester. Chelsea come to us suffering their worst start for 10 years – 4 defeats in 12 games. Andre Villas-Boas is coming under fire following a string of poor results, and his team are being exposed all over the park. Their old stars are not performing as well as they have done in the past, coupled with a number of defensive lapses at the back.

Being at home, we’ll want to play attacking football and really get at them. With Jonas Gutierrez enjoying his best spell of form since he arrived, and the possibility of Leon Best returning to the side, we’ll have a very powerful attacking threat. Our pace down the wings will prove key, if we can get crosses and through balls going for most of the game, we’re in with a chance of another win at St. James’.

My prediction: Win

Saturday 10th December – Norwich (a)

Back on the road, our team takes on 2011/12 new boys – Norwich. At the time of writing they are 11th in the League, and have tough games against QPR and West Brom before we tackle them. The Canaries haven’t won in four games, but picked up a deserved point at Liverpool a few weeks ago.

If our form continues, there is no reason why we can’t expect another victory on our travels. Like with every team in the League, our success will depend on keeping our players fit. Cheik Tiote will be back in the side, and our strike force should be running at 100%. If we pick up some points in the build up to Christmas it puts us in a promising position going in to the New Year.

My prediction: Win

Summary: 7 points, if our players stay fit and we have a little bit of luck on our side I think we can do it. Depending on results around us, we’ll be anywhere from 2nd to 7th in the League. This will put us in a position to really fight for a European place for the rest of the season and definitely finish in the top half of the table.

Our games after that: Swansea (h), West Brom (h) and Bolton (a)

32 thoughts on “How will we do in the next three games?

  1. Apparently Colo is doubtful for tomorrow, Perch the likely replacement. You might want to change your prediction.


  2. 7 points??

    No chance. We will lose tomorrow, maybe a draw against chelsea and norwich. No way we will get 7 mate. Hope we do tho dont get me wrong :mrgreen:


  3. I have a good feeling about Chelsea and Norwich but Man U… Eurgh, they’re just that sort of side that love to thrash us irrelevant of how their form is. Saying that though, I’m quietly optimistic we can pick up a point… BUT because I live safely in pessimism concerning Newcastle I’m going to avoid believing we can get something and allow it to be a lovely surprise if we do 😆


  4. I am going to stick my neck on the line . 9 POINTS. ever the optimist
    Thing is though although they are top teams , they (manure , chelsea) are both out of sorts and are not hitting their normal levels , both defence’s are out of sorts and with Benny coming into form and Ba in form i fancy us to get a couple of wins . 😀


  5. I think if Colo is injured and Tiote, plus Guthrie if rumours are correct, then I think we should rest the full team and bring in anyone 16 or just over.

    That way , we have no new injuries to worry about and we have a great chance to set a new record of goals conceded set by Bon Accord against Arbroath many moons ago when shorts were budgie death trousers..

    Ok I was being a bit silly there…

    Here’s the key… I think Pardew is playing little games with old Rudolph 😀


  6. The good start to the season still isn’t giving me the sort of optimism to predict 7 points from those 3 games.

    I would say 4 at the very best and that would be excellent if it happened.

    If you focus on the fact that Man Utd have a major point to prove and will be rejuvenated with Rooney coming back in, it’s a very tall order. We are still no where near the quality to be going to Old Trafford and EXPECTING to come away with a result. They are a different class.

    Chelsea also have hit a slump in form and will have a point to prove. More optimistic about this due to the performances the last couple of seasons against them but I still think that they could absolutely smash us on their day. If it’s not their day then fine, we may get the result we want but who can predict that it will or won’t be a good performance from them? Let’s remember they have Wolves at home before us and could really gain a confidence boost from that.

    Norwich away….tough game. Always is going away to this type of team. They will no doubt have a go and we will be relying on our wingers to skin their full backs and put the right crosses in, which we are capable of.

    Our start only looks so good as it has taken the big boys a while to get started. Liverpool are looking sensational at the moment and I reckon they will give Man City a real go at the weekend and Spurs form is brilliant. Arsenal are also creeping in so whilst our position is currently deserved, I feel it will be very shortlived


  7. Live in hope..Take a positive out of every negative…
    Believe we can win.
    Accept no defeat, “ever” until proved otherwise.
    Always believe that the next game is gonna be a record for our club in doing better than ever against our foe.
    Always believe we are invincible and if at the end of the game , it turns out we aren’t you can always say…..mebbe next time lol

    Until then though, there’s no mebbe next time , it’s….. this time..more than any other time…this time…….we’re gonna find a way, more than any other way…. this time….getting it all together…..
    We’re on our way……with Pardew’s top toon crew…..we’re on our way…..we’re gonna beat Man yoo… three..two… Howay the ladssssssssssssss 😀


  8. Draw, win, win for me!

    Ben Arfa is being given his chance finally and will have points to prove and goals to create at Man U and Chelsea, while looking forward to Norwich to have quite a bit of fun against the new boys.

    Tiote should be good for Chelsea too


  9. 1 point would be okay for me. 2 is good. 3 is great. Not expecting too much. Chelsea are still a quality side and norwich away is a tough game. Being realistic .


  10. hey my friends… what i am worried is about fans rather than the team… we should always welcome change… look at cheski they are going down hill because their player are old and cannot keep up with the modern game..
    so i dont mind if we sell player for a mega $$$ but we need to sell in Summer and then always have replacement and look at moving up the ladder and am sure we have Mr.Carr in 4 us to get some gem…. so lets hope we have the fans backing the team and make us proud as the best club to support in the world… Manu 0 – Nufc 3 is the score this weekend… all the way from BRAZIL


  11. Have you actually seen the link up play they have going on up front? Glen Johnson is rediscovering the form that cemented him the England right back slot and you can see they are really coming together.

    Don’t get me wrong…I hate them and want them to fail….yet you can’t deny that they are reading each others games very well at the moment. I would say better than any teams bar City and Spurs.


  12. I think we hav missed obertan 4 the pace the past few games so he should defo get the nod !! 2nd half subs bring sammy , best and shola on 😎 😎


  13. I love all the optimism, but Man U are still streets ahead of us. They may be having a dodgy spell, but it would be typical of them to turn in a great performance against us.

    My heart says draw, my head says potential thrashing.


  14. NorthernPaul@26, tend to agree with you mate, especially regarding our new found optimism as fans. However, as a team, you’re not going to achieve much if you don’t have a bit of self confidence and a bit of belief in yourself. At the end of the day, it’s 11 against 11, and we showed during the City game, if you put in a disciplined performance, defend well, and everyone pulls together, then a draw is by no means out of the question. The thing which worries me is our record of conceding 50% of our goals from set pieces. This fact, plus Rooney, Hernandez, Nani and Young of course.. 🙄

    However, with Gutti sitting on Nani, and Obertan sitting on Ashley Young, and occasionally terrorising Evra…we have a good chance imo…Our central midfield line up is crucial to the result toay…


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