The Jamie Vardy party bus stopped off on Wearside on Sunday afternoon, the Leicester striker scoring goal numbers 20 and 21 for this Premier League season.

As well as enjoying seeing a non-establishment club upsetting the…establishment, the win for the Foxes means that with all three relegation contenders losing this weekend, bizarrely there is still some kind of lifeline available to Newcastle.

Obviously that will only come into effect if Newcastle actually start to play football and pick up some points but now next weekend is surely the really really make or break time for the remainder of United’s season.

As it stands now:

31 points Norwich City

27 points Sunderland

25 points Newcastle

If Newcastle could beat Swansea (nothing left to play for) City at home next week and the Mackems beat Norwich, we would have:

31 Norwich

30 Sunderland

28 Newcastle

Then, again assuming Newcastle really try and manage to look like a team, how about this combination of results after next weekend:


Arsenal (A) Lose

Man Utd (H) Draw

Watford (H) Draw

Everton (A) Lose


Arsenal (H) Lose

Stoke (A) Lose

Chelsea (H) Draw

Everton (H) Draw

Watford (A) Draw


Man City (H) Lose

Liverpool (A) Lose

Crystal Palace (H) Win

Aston Villa (A) Win

Spurs (H) Lose

This would give a final Premier League table (17th-19th) of:

34 Newcastle

33 Sunderland

33 Norwich

I think the saddest part of this ‘plan’ is that I struggle to see Newcastle beating the likes of Palace and Villa, despite them being two really poor teams with nothing left to play for.

However, if Newcastle did beat Swansea and Sunderland at least avoided defeat at Norwich, then a little part of me might just start to believe…just maybe.

Jamie Vardy after his two goals sunk the Mackems today:

“Coming off, the Sunderland fans were clapping us as well, which is brilliant.

“It was a great game, we knew it would be tough but managed to grind it out. It’s a step closer to possibly winning the league.

“We’ll enjoy this for the rest of the day and then get back to training for the next week.”