McMahon: All good things come to an end

ESPNSTAR pundit Steve McMahon believes Newcastle United's fairytale run is bound to come to an end.

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To all the Newcastle fans out there, enjoy the view from the ivory heights of the Barclays Premier League while you can.

I find it ludicrous when I hear people talking about the Magpies challenging for a top-four spot. It has undoubtedly been a magnificent run of form so far this season for Alan Pardew's men - one which sees them rubbing shoulders with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.

But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And so will Newcastle's impressive adventure at the top of the standings.

Newcastle remain the only club besides City to be unbeaten in the league so far. But mark my words - south is the way to go for the Magpies when their bubble finally bursts with a defeat.

However, few will bet against them collecting their seventh win of the season at St James' Park this Saturday when they host an Everton side who would be disappointed not to have taken something out of their game against United last weekend at Goodison Park.

But a home win is not a given for Newcastle. Let's not forget how they struggled and rode their luck in the 1-0 win over Wigan at St James Park a fortnight ago. So it would be foolish to think that David Moyes' men will lie low and let the hosts have their own way.

Arsenal meanwhile, are on an absolute high - a statement I could not have imagined myself making just a month ago when they were languishing just above the relegation zone.

But kudos to the Gunners and more so to Robin van Persie, who in my opinion is up there among the best in the world right now. What's more impressive is that the Dutch international is playing in an Arsenal side that is nowhere near top class at the moment.

Take him out of Arsene Wenger's squad, and the Gunners are nothing more than average. So I'm afraid to cast a wet blanket on the Emirates faithful's new-found title hope.

Having said that, I expect them to continue their impressive run of form with a win at the Emirates Stadium against West Bromwich Albion who are coming off a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.

Chelsea, still reeling from the demoralizing 5-3 defeat to Arsenal, will be desperate to get their title challenge back on track when they visit relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers. While the Blues should have no problem getting all three points at Ewood Park, Andre Villas-Boas has a huge task in his hands to challenge City and United for the title.

The young Portuguese coach's honeymoon period is all but over and while the jury is still out on him, a revamp of his ageing squad is necessary if they are serious about bringing the title to the Bridge.

Over at Anfield, Kenny Dalglish will be expecting nothing less than three points when Liverpool welcome Swansea after drawing their last two home games against United and Norwich.

All eyes will again be on Luis Suarez. Unfortunately they will not be just on his skills on the ball - but off it as well. Besides attracting praise for his great performances for the Reds, the Uruguayan striker has been under some unwanted spotlight.

First he was accused by United left-back Patrice Evra for hurling racist remarks at him and now his reputation as a diver has been further aggravated by the penalty he earned during his side's 2-0 win over West Brom last weekend.

The truth is great players are usually subjected to strong physical treatment by defenders and it would be unfair to expect them to be able to stay on their feet. Regardless, the Swansea defence will be given a hell of a time by Suarez.

All in all, it promises to be another weekend full of fireworks in a Premier League season that has already seen some spectacular matches.

Steve McMahon was speaking to ESPNSTAR.com's Daniel Teo.



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