Thierry Henry and Jamie Redknapp have discussed the relegation question after the weekend’s results.
Only one point separates the three clubs after Sunderland’s draw with Arsenal followed up yesterday’s 2-2 result for Newcastle at Anfield.
There are still so many possibilities with 11 fixtures remaining between the three clubs, three for Newcastle and four each for the other two clubs.
Thierry Henry points to Newcastle and Sunderland picking up ‘momentum’ with recent results and the north east pair will hope that Norwich’s 3-0 home defeat to the Mackems has ended their mini revival.
The former Arsenal striker also thinks that games against Villa and Palace are perfectly timed for Newcastle with the opponent seemingly having little/nothing to play for, although he does think that Sunderland’s goal difference is almost worth an extra point compared to Norwich and Newcastle.
As for Jamie Redknapp, he thinks Norwich will be relieved that neither of their rivals won on a weekend when the Canaries had no game. The former Liverpool midfielder pointing out that Norwich have what look winnable games to come against Watford and Everton, two clubs Sunderland also have still to play.
In Newcastle’s case, the same as Thierry Henry he sees the next two matches as winnable – but also thinks if Spurs have nothing to play for then it could be massively to Newcastle’s advantage.
The situation is a real headache and amazing to think that before Rafa Benitez arrived, Newcastle fans found it difficult to look past whether their own team was trying, never mind contemplating just how hard other teams will be trying in games against all three of the relegation threatened clubs.
Thierry Henry speaking on Sky Sports:
“It is a tough one, the only thing I would say is that momentum is with Sunderland and Newcastle with their results.
“You could say that Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are ‘easier’ games for Newcastle, they have less to play for than some of the other opponents.
“But you have to mention the goal difference of Sunderland, it is minus 18 compared to the other two (Norwich minus 25, Newcastle minus 26) – that could be massive.”
Jamie Redknapp also on Sky Sports:
“It is very difficult, I think if you had said to Alex Neil at the start of the weekend that neither Newcastle nor Sunderland would win, I think he would have taken that.
“He will be looking at those fixtures and thinking, ‘Watford at home, Everton away – if we can go and get four points, maybe we have got a good chance’.
“It has not been too bad a weekend for Norwich. They have got Arsenal next, it is not an easy game but if they defend well, you never know. It’s a lottery, it’s a toss of the coin, it really is.
“Crystal Palace now have an FA Cup final to look forward to. Newcastle are also playing against an Aston Villa side that are down and have given up.
“They will also be hoping Tottenham have nothing to play for, it could be a bit after the Lord Mayor’s Show, that game.
“Newcastle have it all to do but I have been down in that position, you try to predict results and the one you expect to win, you don’t.”