The real extremes of final Newcastle United matches
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):
32 Man City
31 West Ham
30 Man Utd
20 West Brom
10 Crystal Palace
9 Aston Villa
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