Brighton & Hove Albion were the latest team to deliver a blow to Newcastle’s survival chances (yes, ‘survival’) – extending the Magpies losing streak at St.James’ Park to five games. From the outside looking in, you really have to sympathise with their fans who pay good money to watch their players bow out on matchday without so much as a bite.
To be honest, no one of the games in Newcastle United’s Premier League fixture list possesses the exclusive title of ‘season killer’. The season is already dead, as far as a respectable finish is concerned anyhow. Every match now is instead measured on how miserable it might make fans. Week by week, result to result, game after game. It really is a case of micro misery management.
Here are two games that could derail their efforts to stay afloat in the Premier League…
Newcastle (h) v West Ham 01/12/2018
West Ham have recently lost one of their star players to injury, in Andriy Yarmolenko, so this match has really opened up. Of course, Newcastle defenders do still have Marko Arnautovic to contend with, but providing they quash his efforts then a single goal (which is all that could be expected of an extremely ineffective forward lineup) could be enough to secure a rare home victory.
Huddersfield v Newcastle (a) 15/12/2018
Newcastle head down to Yorkshire to face fellow flops Huddersfield Town next month in what is shaping up to be one of the dreariest fixtures in the Premier League so far this season. At least for neutrals anyway.
The two sides accompany each other at the bottom of the table, each clinging on to their records of no league victories with some conviction.
Needless to say that a win in this game could help either of the teams ‘lift off’ providing Fulham and Cardiff don’t secure any points in the meantime (very unlikely).