The Newcastle United Blog | Newcastle have an excellent chance of retaining fourth place when the window opens
Newcastle jumped into the top four yesterday with the 2-1 win at Tottenham. The three points moved past Manchester United and Chelsea on goal difference to put the Magpies in thin air.
When the moment seemed important, Eddie Howe will keep his team on the ground. The season is only 12 games long and most clubs around Newcastle have one game in progress. Attention therefore quickly shifts to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Newcastle have just three league games and a Carabao Cup draw before the footballing world comes to a halt for the 2022 World Cup in November. Here is an overview of the remaining program before the break:
- Aston Villa – October 29 at 3 p.m.
- Southampton (Away) – November 6 at 2 p.m.
- Crystal Palace (Carabao Cup) – November 6 at 7:45 p.m.
- Chelsea – November 12 at 5:30 p.m.
These are all winnable matches, with the Chelsea game taking place at St. James’ Park. If Newcastle stay in or around the top four after these encounters, it could be another very exciting January window on Tyneside.
Owners may decide to add a few quality signings to solidify a push for a European spot. It’s almost surreal to think that the current run has been completed without Eddie Howe’s best XI, as Allan Saint-Maximin and Alexander Isak are injured.
Depending on how the next few weeks unfold, the break could come at an inopportune time. Although it will allow some members of the squad to freshen up for a congested second half of the campaign.
A successful restart after the break could be crucial to keeping pace at the top when the window arrives. Holiday game schedules have now been confirmed with two TV choices:
- Leicester (Away) on Amazon Prime – December 26 at 3pm
- Leeds – December 31 at 3 p.m.
- Arsenal (Away) on Sky Sports – January 3 at 8 p.m.