First we face the Magpies who are safe in mid-table but with a below average away record of 3 wins and 9 defeats in 14 games. Their last away win was in mid-January when they came to London and beat Spurs 3-2 but they've also beaten Blackburn and West Ham on the road. They've also drawn at the new Highbury and beaten Watford in the Carling so they seemed to be enjoying their trips to the capital after losing only one game at Stamford Bridge where they lost 1-0 back in December. Unfortunately, for them, they lost again last month 2-1 to Fulham so that long journey south is at last starting to effect them.
They've now lost their last 2 away games but are unbeaten at home in 4. So over the last 6 games they have the same points total as the Addicks with 8 points .
But with just nine games left, is Pards going to look at just that next game against Newcastle as they always tell us or will he be targeting the games that he has to win?
Our League record since Pards took over in December is not a bad one - Draw, Win, Lost, Lost, Win, Draw, Lost, Lost, Win, Draw - 10 games, 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats. 13 goals for and 16 against, 12 points. And a run that has included games against manure, Chelski, the Arse and Bolton. A pretty good record then.
But, ignoring the fact that a certain sequence seems to be developing, we can now reveal that Pards secret plan is to improve our "Nothing-on-the-Trot" sequence to 72 games and at the same time preserve our Premiership status. With just nine games to go, he's obviously planning for a Win, Draw, Win, Draw, Win, Draw, Win, Draw, Defeat sequence that will give us 4 wins and 4 draws from the next 8 games jumping us up to 40 points. This even allows us to draw in the tough games against Wigan and SheffU and the derby against Spurs but targets the most important game of all - Man. City.
The nine games are as follows with the predicted results:
Newcastle(h) WIN, Wigan(h) DRAW, Man. City(a) WIN, Reading(h) DRAW, Everton(a) WIN, Sheff. Utd(h) DRAW, Blackburn(a) WIN, Spurs(h) DRAW, Liverpool(a) DEFEAT.
So 4 Wins and 4 Draws and a last day defeat at Anfield, by which time we'll be home and dry......