It’s a good job Newcastle are basically safe from relegation, because they follow up their game against Liverpool with a trip to Manchester City.
Eddie Howe’s side have a ruthless end to the season, taking on the two elite teams battling it out for the Premier League title.
Liverpool despatched of the Magpies in between their Champions League semi-final ties, but Manchester City will face a different task.
Yes, they have home advantage. But will they be able to respond after last night’s crushing defeat?
Newcastle must capitalise on Manchester City’s UCL disaster
Pep Guardiola’s side were moments away from back-to-back Champions League finals. All they needed to do was see out stoppage time with a two goal lead.
A Rodrygo brace later and they’re heading into extra time, where Karim Benzema won the tie for Real Madrid. From there, it was a backs to the wall performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men, who frustrated Man City at every opportunity.
It was an exhausting night for City – both physically and mentally. But will that play into Newcastle’s hands?
On the one hand, you could suggest the Magpies will face an angry and determined team who are looking to bounce back. But it might not be that straightforward.
If Newcastle can start well and unsettle the champions, they might just have a chance at the Etihad.
We were okay at times against Liverpool, and managed to stay in the game. The Man City clash will be a different prospect, given what happened on Wednesday night.
We need to get in their faces and disrupt their rhythm. The more we do that, the more frustrated they’ll get. And those frustrations will only be heightened by their experiences at the Bernabeu.
It’s wildly optimistic, but perhaps Benzema’s extra time penalty can help Newcastle get an unlikely result on Sunday. That’s what Liverpool will be hoping for. They need City to slip up if they’re to get their hands on the Premier League title.
The game kicks off at 4.30pm, and is live on Sky Sports.