Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has told the television channel of the Tyneside club (via ChronicleLive) that ‘there is no real advantage of playing at home’ ahead of their Premier League home game against Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United at St. James’ Park, which will be played in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
By saying this, the Magpies coach has effectively played down his team’s chances of winning the match as they will not be able to have their fans on their side.
Nevertheless, the Englishman will still be hoping that they can pick up all three points and draw them ever closer to securing their top flight status for the next season.
The Toon currently find themselves in 13th place in the league table on 35 points, eight clear from the relegation zone at the moment with nine matches, including the one against the Blades, left to play.
As the proposed takeover by Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabia-led group could well be approved by England’s highest division before the end of the 2019/20 campaign, it will surely be important for the side in black-and-white-stripes to make sure that they are playing in the Prem in the next term so that they can attract the calibre of players that they perhaps would like to the club.
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However, maybe Bruce’s latest comments have not helped in terms of motivating his team to win their games at home, as they should be looking to try and get three points regardless of whether their supporters are present or not.
The former Manchester United player could win the Toon faithful over with a positive result, and they do have previous against the Blades having beaten them at Bramall Lane earlier in the campaign (BBC Sport).
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