For neutrals, the race for relegation is the most gripping this season and the bookies’ relegation odds are worth a serious look.

With only two (apart from Sunderland with three) games to go, one of five clubs could still join QPR and Burnley in the drop to the Championship.

The points totals and goal differences of the five contenders are as follows:

38 Aston Villa -20

37 Leicester -13

36 Sunderland -20

36 Newcastle -24

34 Hull -16 

The remaining fixtures are:

Hull (Spurs Away, Man Utd Home)

Newcastle (QPR Away, West Home Home)

Sunderland (Leicester Home, Arsenal Away, Chelsea Away)

Leicester (Sunderland Away, QPR Home)

Villa (Southampton Away, Burnley Home)

Over at BetVictor the current relegation odds are:

2/5 Hull

4/1 Sunderland

13/2 Newcastle

22/1 Leicester

50/1 Villa

I have to say that considering Newcastle’s recent form, the odds on us ending up going down are generous.

I think the basis of why we are a bigger price than the mackems is due to an expectation that surely NUFC will get something at QPR…let’s hope they are right.

Hand on heart, I think by far United’s best chance is if Hull fail to get a win in either of their last two matches – here’s hoping.

In an ideal world both Hull and Newcastle would win and the mackems get hammered, leaving them in pole position with visits to Arsenal and Chelsea to come. Suddenly that 4/1 would look very tasty!

Not the best news today for Hull this afternoon, with a breaking story that midfielder Jake Livermore has tested positive for cocaine.

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