Harry Redknapp has given his views on the relegation fight.
Our old friend sees it going down to the wire between Newcastle and Hull.
The two clubs face two of Harry’s old employers this weekend and he sees Hull capable of getting a point.
Redknapp clearly doesn’t favour Newcastle winning at Loftus Road as he sees it going into the last weekend, though he fancies Newcastle to be safe with a win over West Ham at St. James’ Park despite also believing Hull are capable of beating Manchester United at home on the final day.
Harry Redknapp talking to Talksport:
“Can Hull win one of those two games? Well they couldn’t beat Burnley at the weekend.
“I’m sure Sam (Allardyce) would like to go back and get a result, having been there, but I still have to favour Newcastle.”
An exciting last day….:
“Hull may pick up a point at Tottenham and they’ve got a record of beating the big clubs at Hull, so it is not impossible.
“It (Hull v Man Utd) is the last game of the season, a massive game and not impossible for them to pull it off – going to be an exciting last day for sure.”
Something that hasn’t really been mentioned is that whatever happens elsewhere, if Newcastle fail to beat Queens Park Rangers then it definitely goes down to the final day for them.
Even if Tottenham stuff Hull and Newcastle draw at QPR, there would still only be three points between the two team and Hull currently are eight goals better off. So basically anything but a Newcastle win against Rangers and if Hull beat Manchester United and West Ham win at St. James’ Park it would be curtains.
The only thing to then save Newcastle is if Sunderland then saved us, currently both clubs are on the same number of points but the mackems four goals better off.
The obvious thing for Newcastle to do is to win in London on Saturday but no matter how bad Joey Barton and his team have been, Newcastle have only won once in the last six months away from home.
By sheer coincidence, tomorrow it will be two years to the day that Newcastle confirmed they were safe from relegation when they beat QPR away from home in their second last match of the season.
That day Harry Redknapp was in charge of Rangers (who were already relegated just as they are this time) and they took an early lead through a penalty by a certain Loic Remy, only for former Chelsea defender to make two shocking mistakes and Hatem Ben Arfa slammed home a penalty before Yoan Gouffran rolled the ball into an empty net after a defensive mix-up.
I think my take on the situation is that Newcastle should go all out for the win because a draw still leaves them vulnerable and very very vulnerable if that is combined with other results going the wrong way.
On Saturday, it was only Hull failing to beat Burnley that left Newcastle’s destiny in their own hands after only drawing against West Brom.
We can’t afford any repeat of that possibility.