Apparently discounting Norwich in the three way relegation struggle, Sam Allardyce has explained what he thinks Sunderland need to do based against Newcastle’s results before the final day of the season.
Allardyce says Sunderland must be above Newcastle before May 15, even if only on goal difference, the Wearside club having fallen behind United after this weekend’s results.
The Mackem manager first of all says it is essential his team can go ahead of Newcastle when they play their game in hand against Everton (all fixtures for the 3 relegation fighters listed below) at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday 11 May.
Sam Allardyce is sure that Newcastle will win at Aston Villa and so he needs his team to get at least a draw against Chelsea this Saturday, a result that would put Sunderland three points behind United (if beating Villa) and with a better goal difference (unless it is a ridiculous scoreline at Villa to significantly change the current seven goal deficit).
The events at Stamford Bridge on Monday night look to have given Newcastle a significant boost, Spurs can’t now win the title and just as importantly, any number of players are now set to miss their final two games through suspension and injury.
At the moment Newcastle’s fate is out of their hands, if either Norwich or Sunderland won all their remaining games then they would automatically finish above United.
A dream scenario for Newcastle fans and a nightmare for Sam Allardyce, is if the Magpies beat Villa and Chelsea do the business at Sunderland (plus Norwich fail to win against Manchester United), then Newcastle would have that destiny back in their control.
“We’ve got a game in hand and when that comes around, we’ve got to be in a position to go above Newcastle, if we win it…simple as that.
“We are both going to be playing on Saturday and if we can win that, then you have got to expect that Newcastle will win at Aston Villa.
“Then we play against Everton, which looks the biggest game of the season to try to go above Newcastle.
“By the time the last game comes around, we have to be above Newcastle, even if it’s only goal difference.
“Then our destiny is in our own hands.”
How the Premier League table looks now (positions 17th to 19th)
Newcastle – Played 36 games 33 points (GD -25)
Sunderland – Played 35 games 32 points (GD -18)
Norwich – Played 35 games 31 points (GD -26)
Remaining fixtures for the three clubs:
Saturday 7 May 12.45pm Norwich v Man Utd
Saturday 7 May 3pm Aston Villa v Newcastle & Sunderland v Chelsea
Wednesday 11 May 7.45pm Norwich v Watford & Sunderland v Everton
Sunday 15 May 3pm Everton v Norwich & Newcastle v Spurs & Watford v Sunderland