Newcastle fans have been sharing their thoughts on the impending relegation battle, and most agree their next two fixtures could decide their season.
Rafa Benitez’s men were swept aside without too much of a fight at Anfield on Saturday, losing 2-0 to goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Needless to say, these are not the fixtures that will determine the relegation race.
Newcastle’s next two matches are against Southampton and Huddersfield – both at St. James’ Park. The Magpies had lost just one league fixture in 2018 before the trip to Anfield, so they will feel confident about getting something from both games against fellow relegation strugglers.
Southampton, who currently sit one point below Newcastle, visit St. James’ Park this Saturday. Newcastle don’t have another league fixture for three weeks after that, when they welcome David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town to Tyneside.
Benitez’s team follow those two games with trips to Leicester and Everton either side of a home fixture with Arsenal. They then end the season with a visit to Watford sandwiched between home games against struggling West Brom and Chelsea.
The Toon army have taken to Twitter to express their thoughts on the relegation race…
New week – and I think this is the biggest in #nufc season. Southampton is absolutely crucial: win that and the campaign changes course. Drop points and there’ll be some jangling nerves for the next three weeks….
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) 5 March 2018
Win next two and we stay up imo. 35 points with 7 games left.
— Daniel (@danjpeg) 5 March 2018
9 points from Saints, Huddersfield and West Brom and we stay up for me. #nufc
— David Appleton (@DPAppleton) 3 March 2018
I think if we beat Southampton we will stay up….a massive, massive game
— Michael Gallon (@MichaelGallon) 3 March 2018
Two wins from Southampton/Huddersfield/West Brom. Two draws from Leicester/Arsenal/Everton/Watford. Write off Spurs and Chelsea. 37 points. Safe.
— Mathew (@mathewclarke) March 5, 2018
Saints are similar to us in that they are better away from home. Will be a tough game. A must win though with the fixtures we have after.
— The Ginger Pirlo™️ (@ToonBano) March 5, 2018