Leeds United travel to Newcastle on Tuesday evening looking to pick up points for the first time in 2021.
The Whites, in theory, should have no problem dispatching of the Magpies with Steve Bruce’s side sat bottom of the Premier League form table.
Gary Neville, quoted by The Mirror, recently branded Newcastle as ‘appalling’ following their loss to Arsenal at The Emirates.
This is a very fair description.
Bruce’s Newcastle United are comfortably the worst team in the Premier League at the moment.
They haven’t won since December 12 when they just about managed a win over a very poor West Brom side.
Since then, they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Brentford’s reserve team and they have failed to pick up a win in 10 attempts.
The club have also failed to score a goal since a late Andy Carroll strike proved to be nothing but a consolation in the January 3 loss to Leicester City.
Leeds travel to Tyneside looking to pick up an easy win and score a couple of goals to put their recent bad for behind them.
A win, and a convincing one at that, is the bare minimum we should achieve on Tuesday night.
At the moment it seems that clubs just have to send out 11 men to beat this utterly dreadful Newcastle side.
Aston Villa beat this side without getting out of first gear at the weekend and even though talisman Allan Saint-Maximin may start after recovering from COVID, that won’t be enough to drastically improve the Magpies.
We have a chance to really find our form again and Marcelo Bielsa could probably send out a second-string side to secure the points at St James’, but we all know that won’t happen.
This is where an issue may arise.
Yes, we have started the year badly but it is just a short poor run of games compared to Newcastle’s dire record.
A loss against this Newcastle side would suggest that there is something seriously wrong at the club following uninspiring losses to Crawley and Brighton.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, the Toon are awful at the moment and in all likelihood we will pick up three points on Tuesday evening.
But if we are beaten by the Magpies then it would be incredibly embarrassing and serious questions will need to be asked of Bielsa and his players.
It would be a far from terminal blow to out survival chances but a loss on Tuesday will open the door back to the Championship that many of us may think is closed.
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