There is a remarkable contrast for Newcastle United in their final three games.

The matches that will help decide at what level United will be playing next season, will be against teams in the very best and very worst form in the Premier League.

Since Christmas, no club has accumulated more points than Tottenham, they have gathered 39 points which is one more than Leicester and six more than next best Southampton.

Those points differences will grow to four and nine if Tottenham dispatch West Brom in the Monday night match.

So whilst the top form team awaits Newcastle on the final day of the season, what about the other two fixtures?

The much better news is that since Christmas, Villa and Palace are the two very worst teams when it has come to picking up points.

The last four months have seen Aston Villa accumulate just nine points, with Alan Pardew’s Palace only one more on 10 points.

Newcastle aren’t that better off with a next worst 13 points, though with five of those points arriving within the last 10 days, it puts a better reflection on the stats.

The not so good news is that both Sunderland and Norwich have still got to play Watford and Everton, two teams that have really struggled in this second half of the season, with only 13 and 18 points respectively.

Premier League points gained since Christmas (as at after fixtures on Sunday 24 April):

39 Tottenham

38 Leicester

33 Southampton

32 Man City

31 West Ham

31 Liverpool

30 Man Utd

29 Chelsea

28 Arsenal

25 Swansea

24 Stoke

22 Bournemouth

20 West Brom

18 Everton

18 Sunderland

14 Norwich

13 Watford

13 Newcastle

10 Crystal Palace

9 Aston Villa