Newcastle could be four points away from Europe today

European football on the menu at St James' Park?
Newcastle can take a giant leap towards European football for next season today, without even kicking a ball!

Liverpool take on Everton this afternoon in an FA Cup semi-final which could have a huge bearing on whether or not we end up in Europe next season.

Of course we’re in the box seat the qualify for the Europa League anyway, and still, rather surprisingly, have a chance of making the Champions League. However the right result today will give us a form of safety net and will ensure that we need only four points from the remaining Premier League games to secure at least Europa League football for next season.

The right result would be a Liverpool win of course, as it would mean that 6th place in the Premier League would guarantee a Europa League spot while an Everton win would mean that 5th place would be needed for European qualification as Everton would get the spot instead.

The permutations

If Liverpool win…

This is the ideal result for Newcastle. As the other semi-final (Tottenham v Chelsea) is being contested between two sides likely to qualify for Europe, and because Liverpool have already qualified via their League Cup win, it would mean that the European spot drops to the next available league position, which is 6th.

If Everton win…

This is not good for Newcastle as Everton are likely to finish below us in the league but would qualify by virtue of taking the European place as losing finalists.

There are more permutations so it’s not quite as black and white as it seems at the moment, but right now those are the ones that matter. The message is simple, come on Liverpool! Alan Pardew agrees:

“It would suit our European hopes if Liverpool won,” Pardew told The Journal. “Everton could get through to the final and I think the rule needs to be looked at because if we finish higher than them in the Premier League, that has to be better than the runners-up in the FA Cup qualifying for the Europa League.”

“If Everton win the FA Cup, I’d say, ‘Fair enough’. There would be one side of me quite pleased if we don’t qualify for Europe, because it will mean we can attack next season without having the extra pressure of the Europa League.”

“Having said that though, the other side of me would welcome it because it would take the club forward, bond some of the players to the club, and it would be an achievement of sorts. We could also perhaps add to the squad with the extra finance we’d get.”

I never thought I’d say this, and I probably never will again but, come on Liverpool!

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181 thoughts on “Newcastle could be four points away from Europe today

  1. Hope super sub Shola grabs a few goals and outscores Carroll by the end of the season.

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  2. Richie – Aha yeah there is that 😛

    I missed the 1st half but it’s obviously working well for him. Just saw a replay of the goal, with Agger and Carragher doing their Chuckle Brothers impression 😆

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  3. True Richie, but to think we got £35m for him and he’s playing like that, total masterstroke, unless of course its part of a plan to bring down Liverpool and work as an undercover agent for the good of football.

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  4. I’m not enjoying celebrating goals by racists for a team i hate.
    Leaning towards Big Dave’s view, this isn’t worth it lets just do it our way and get 4th/5th.

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  5. Watching match after match it just proves how soft and pathetic that penalty award was for the Scum against us… I must have seen it 40 times since that game without one penalty being awarded…

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  6. ST…wanting Liverpool to win is supporting Newcastle as it “may” benefit us it can’t hinder us, Everton winning “may” hinder us, it can’t benefit us….that’s what I’m telling myself so I don’t feel dirty 😉 …and as a bonus, I don’t think Liverpool have a cat in hells chance of winning the final anyway :mrgreen:

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  7. JJ-Aye, bloody consistency is all I ask 🙄

    Still, it only papered up the cracks of what is a woeful sunderland side bar sessegnon after their honeymoon period, we’ll turn em over next year :mrgreen:

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  8. Also I know this is premature and ridiculously unlikely, but wouldn’t it be beautiful if we beat Liverpool in next years Europa League final? :mrgreen:

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  9. Every single one of Carrolls misses would of been buried by our front three .They really can’t hold a candle to us . 😀 :mrgreen:

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  10. Two ex-newcastle players(fan) helping out newcastle. Thank you distin,andy carroll.

    Europe here we come. 😆

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  11. richietoon says:
    April 7, 2012 at 23:18
    DubT….yep, your memory serves you welll
    I reckon Judas will score the winning goal in the FA cup semi to get us the Europa league football
    😯 😉

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  12. Just got communication back from Agent Carroll. He says mission completed and he’ll meet us at the rendezvous point somewhere in eastern Europe.

    Gonna switch off and have a shower now. Dirty dirty dirty.

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  13. ……….Feel sorry for Eveton like ……but FOOOOOOOKIN GET IN THERE!!!!! ……..Push like foooooook for the remaining games!!!! ……COME ON THE TOON!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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  14. AOD – don’t forget the assist by Bellamy. Make that THREE ex-newcastle players helping to propel us into Europe 😆

    HWTL

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  15. the worst that can happen now is us finish 6th and in the europa league!! what a season 😯 😯 😯

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  16. Chris @139 -Beat me too it .Takes 3 ex Toon greats to save the Dip****s :mrgreen:

    Anyway Europe or will it be CL :mrgreen:

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  17. What a season! Cant believe i’ve enjoyed a weekend when we’ve not been playing 😆 HWTL!

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