There’s a trip to St James’ Park for Leeds United this week as Marcelo Bielsa takes on Newcastle United once more.
Leeds are enduring quite a tough run at this moment in time, but that’s also the case for Newcastle. The pressure is on Steve Bruce at this moment in time.
This week, we at LeedsAllOver have reached out to Jonnie Gorrie at GiveMeSport. He provides the insight ahead of Leeds’ trip to Newcastle…
1) Since we last spoke, how has Newcastle’s season shaped?
Terribly, as I’m sure you’re aware.
Without a win in ten games, the worst run of an already pretty miserable Steve Bruce tenure has Newcastle United in free fall with relegation looking likely barring a dramatic turnaround in fortunes.
The goals for Callum Wilson – one of the rare sources of joy during this campaign – have dried up, while the defence look desperately short of confidence.
2) There seems to be quite a lot of divide at St James’ Park right now, what is your view on the wider picture at the club?
The failed takeover in the summer has been the death knell for Newcastle United.
All the excitement has been deflated and things look very bleak at the moment.
Strangely enough, St. James’ Park might be the only stadium in the world not really missing supporters, given how hostile the crowd would have been to some of the recent performances.
3) Bruce has gone with a Carroll-Wilson axis in attack the last couple of fixtures, how much of a success has that been? Will it continue?
Not well, to be honest.
There were some early signs of it working in the opening day win at West Ham United but, with Ryan Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin returning against Aston Villa, I sincerely hope Bruce tries something more expansive tomorrow night.
After all, this is a team with well over £100m worth of attacking talent currently relying on long balls up to Andy Carroll in a depressingly bad throwback to 2010.
4) Onto Leeds… Since we last met, what’s been your view of them? They’ve had quite a lot of stick from sections of the media…
Having watched so many pundits get the Newcastle situation wrong, I’m somewhat wary of making assumptions about another team.
Still, the purple patch of finishing Leeds seemed to enjoy earlier in the season does appear to have run out somewhat but it’s hard to imagine it continuing to a much more dramatic extent.
Some levelling off after the wonder goals against West Brom and at least a few in the Newcastle game at Elland Road is to be expected so, while disappointing, there doesn’t appear to be too much of a worry in an alarming dip in form. From an outside perspective, anyway, though you could forgive Leeds fans for being somewhat concerned.
5) Finally, what’s your score prediction?
A nice and easy two-nil away win for Leeds United.
Yeah, not exactly confident about this one.