Newcastle United—and the EPL as a whole—have reached crunch time. The final third is the time of the season that separates the men from the boys, and this will certainly be the case in regards to Newcastle and their chase for European football.
The remaining 12 games, including this weekend's highly-anticipated derby against Sunderland, are the most important 12 games Newcastle have played consecutively in a long time—at the very least since the relegation battle they ended up losing back in 08-09.
The future is coming very soon, so it's time for predictions—and I've got some bold ones for you here. Ranging from the way they deal with Nile Ranger's problems to where they'll finish come season's end, I'm going to give you five definitive predictions for the Toon moving forward.