Alan Shearer has spoken about Newcastle’s potential ‘great escape’, and says it must start with three points against either Manchester City or Liverpool.
Writing for coral.co.uk the Magpies legend said: “They are two daunting games and they need to get one win from those and look to the last three games which are winnable!”
Newcastle host free-scoring Manchester City on Tuesday night at St James’ Park and despite being on the back of a vital 3-0 victory against Swansea at home last weekend, Manuel Pellegrini’s City outfit will pose a far greater threat than the Swans.
City themselves are fresh from a 3-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and will be buoyed by their Champions League exploits. An in form Sergio Aguero means this is, arguably, Rafa Benitez’s toughest test to date at the Newcastle helm.
Liverpool are also in a buoyant mood after their dramatic Europa League victory over Borussia Dortmund last week.
Shearer is partially right in saying these two games are the toughest Newcastle will face in their run in, but equally they are the kind of games Benitez was brought in to get results from.
Looking past tonight’s clash with Man City, and their next game away at Liverpool, Newcastle face Crystal Palace at home, travel to relegated Aston Villa and then finish the season at home to title chasing Tottenham.
Whilst the games against Palace and Villa will be seen as good chances for victories, Shearer may be overestimating the final match against Spurs as winnable.
Time will tell but if Benitez can mastermind a win in the next two features and get the crowd behind their team, Shearer’s plan may just come off and there could be exciting times ahead next season.