With just under 2 months left of this long, hard Championship season, the league looks to have whittled itself down to 3 contenders for automatic promotion: Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield.
As we all know, only the top 2 are guaranteed a return to the top flight so we’ve broken down the remaining fixtures for Newcastle United and their 2 closest rivals:
Newcastle United (1st – 77pts)
With 9 games remaining, Newcastle will be looking for maximum points in their next three fixtures as they face a trip to Gianfranco Zola’s struggling Birmingham, followed by two home games against relegation threatened Wigan and Burton. Tough tests then arise as Newcastle travel to Hillsborough to take on promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday followed by the Good Friday clash against Leeds at St.James’ Park. The final four games see us take on a host of mid-table sides, who by that stage, will hopefully have one eye on their holidays for Newcastle’s benefit.
Providing Newcastle can get their home form back on track & overcome tests against Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, i’d say those fixtures give us every chance of promotion.