Below you’ll see the best and worst cases of what can happen before Newcastle United play Chelsea in the late kick-off today.

Before United play, their four main relegation rivals are all in action.

The way the fixture list has worked out as well, it sees Newcastle at home whilst the likes of Bournemouth, Swansea, Sunderland and Norwich are usually away….and vice-versa.

So Newcastle took advantage last week with the win against West Brom hauling United out of the bottom three.

Sunderland play at 12.45 with the other five games listed here, starting at 3pm. The only relegation candidate not involved today is Aston Villa who are home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Sunderland v Man Utd

Bournemouth v Stoke

Crystal Palace v Watford

Everton v West Brom

Norwich v West Ham

Swansea v Southampton

If the results went the wrong way for Newcastle, this is the worst the table could look before kick-off at Stamford Bridge:

32 West Brom

31 Bournemouth

30 Chelsea

30 Swansea

26 Norwich

24 Newcastle

23 Sunderland

16 Aston Villa

Whilst this is the best possible scenario by 5.30pm:

30 Chelsea

29 West Brom

28 Bournemouth

27 Swansea

24 Newcastle

23 Norwich

20 Sunderland

16 Aston Villa

Watching the progress of our rivals’ matches is like a scab you can’t quite pick at successfully – more and more it is looking like a case of having to stay above Sunderland and Norwich to reach safety.

However, it would be great if starting today Newcastle could drag themselves away from those two and a little closer to latching onto those above.

Realistically today, I would take a point at Stamford Bridge and defeats for Norwich and Sunderland, it’s best not to be too greedy…