This Saturday afternoon has been a near perfect one for Newcastle United.

The way things have fallen, pretty much all of our relegation rivals play at home while we are away, whilst last weekend and this one see Newcastle surveying the Premier League table after all the other contenders have played.

The afternoon started off with a 1-1 draw between Norwich and Everton in the early kick-off, the blue scousers should have been out of sight in the first half but Norwich were by far the better in the second half and after equalising Lukaku’s early strike they should have gone on and won, Cameron Jerome guilty of missing an absolute sitter.

The 3pm kick-offs produced an ideal pair of results.

Sunderland losing yet again at the Stadium of Light, this time trailing 1-0 to Watford for all but the first three minutes in dismal weather conditions, the Hornets withstanding a late charge and taking away a deserved three points that lifts them to a remarkable seventh in the table.

At the Etihad, Manchester City led with a 26th minute Wilfried Bony strike and Swansea were by far the better team in the second half, with it looking like they’d get no reward.

Only for Bafetimbi Gomis to score in the final minute with an excellent strike, then watch in disbelief as City straight away went up the other end and scored a very lucky deflected winner by Yaya Toure.

Even Cabaye’s winner for Palace v Southampton ensured the Saints kept up their poor recent form and they are now ‘only’ eight points ahead of Newcastle.

We now await Bournemouth v Manchester United which is a 5.30pm this afternoon and Villa v Arsenal at 1.30pm on Sunday, before the Newcastle match at White Hart Lane.

The bottom of the table now looks like this, with all of them having played 16 matches apart from Newcastle, Villa, Chelsea and Bournemouth who have played 15 so far.

Number of points before each club and then goal difference afterwards.

Bournemouth could go ahead of Chelsea with a win but if the visitors win by three or more, Newcastle would climb out of the relegation zone on goal difference, at least until tomorrow…

15 Chelsea (-7)

14 Swansea (-9)

14 Norwich (-10)

13 Bournemouth (-12)

13 Newcastle (-14)

12 Sunderland (-13)

6 Aston Villa (-15)