With only a few weeks of the season to go, Robbie Savage has been assessing which clubs will stay up and which will end up in the Championship.
The ‘good’ news for NUFC is that Savage thinks they will stop up.
However, the bad news is that the TV pundit doubts if United will get another point and will only stay up because other teams below won’t pick up enough points in the remaining handful of matches.
As for Sunderland….
This is what Robbie Savage had to say about the two clubs when speaking to BBC Sport:
I think there are seven teams involved and, looking at the table, 35 points should be enough to stay up.
That is good news for Newcastle because, despite their terrible form, they have that many already.
By my reckoning, a point would make absolutely certain of safety for the Magpies – but at the moment it is hard to know where that would come from.
Newcastle’s top-scorer Papiss Cisse will return from suspension after this weekend’s game against fellow strugglers Leicester.
They have to hope the Senegal international can make a difference because I have seen nothing else recently to suggest the Magpies can save themselves.
John Carver’s side are in freefall after losing their last seven games and to stay up they might have to rely on three of the six teams below them failing to catch them.
Verdict: Staying up, because of the failings of others.
It was a gamble to change their manager when they did and bring in Dick Advocaat with 10 games remaining.
He had an initial impact with a win against Newcastle but, defensively, the Black Cats still look shocking. That is the main reason they have won just one of their last 10 games.
Verdict: Going down. There will be no Great Escape this time.