Call it wishful thinking but I’m hoping we absolutely muller Crystal Palace (every goal we score against them counts as two) and that they don’t get a point off Stoke or Southampton.

Realistically, I feel Newcastle will beat Crystal Palace, as will Southampton.

So it is down to lots of goals and Stoke winning away at Selhurst Park, both very unlikely but a remote possibility.

Plus it is about time we mullered somebody, in the style of Sheffield Wednesday (8-0 Sir Bobby/Shearer) – who better than Pardew’s Crystal Palace and I’d love it etc.

The other hopeful option, slightly more realistic, is 3 wins for us and no more than two for the Cats & Canaries.

As the table stands now:

Crystal Palace (Played 35) 39 points GD -9

Sunderland (Played 34) 31 points GD -18

Norwich (Played 35) 31 points GD -25

Newcastle (Played 35) 30 points GD -26

Remaining fixtures:

Crystal Palace have:

Newcastle (A), Stoke (H), Southampton (A)

Newcastle have:

Palace (H), Villa (A), Spurs (H)

Norwich have:

Arsenal (A), Man Utd (H), Watford (H), Everton (A)


Stoke (A), Chelsea (H), Everton (H), Watford (A)