The Premier League relegation battle is set to take many twists and turns.
With Saturday’s action definitely suggesting that if Newcastle are to get out of trouble, they will need to pick up a decent number of points themselves rather than relying on others to keep them out of trouble.
Seven of Newcastle’s relegation rivals were in action of Saturday afternoon and there was a mixed bag of results and plenty of drama.
Everton look to have removed themselves from any fears of the drop with a 3-1 win over Palace, taking them to 34 points.
However, the defeat for Palace means that a point for Newcastle would take them above Roy Hodgson’s team on goal difference. Palace have Spurs, Man Utd and Chelsea up next so hopefully that will keep them down at the bottom.
West Ham have given themselves a small amount of daylight by pulling five points clear of Newcastle and the drop zone. However, they defeated Watford 2-0 and so that keeps the Hornets still involved in the relegation fight, both they and West Ham now on 30 points.
The really bad news is that Swansea beat Burnley with an 81st minute goal today, scored by former Mackem Ki Sung-Yueng. Since drawing at Newcastle, the Swans have now won three and drawn two in their five PL games, and as a result are now two places and two points ahead of Newcastle – this after looking in a hopeless position no so long ago.
The real drama though was at Stoke, the Potters trailing to a 32nd minute goal from Brighton’s Izquierdo. Shaqiri eventually equalising in the 68th minute.
However, the real drama was in the final minute, Stoke awarded a penalty and the spot-kick held up because Jese and Charlie Adams were arguing over who should take it.
If it goes in, Stoke are out of the bottom three and Newcastle drop to 18th. The delay didn’t do him any favours and Adams saw his penalty saved.
The ideal result really as it keeps Stoke below Newcastle on goal difference, plus Brighton are still right in it. A win for Newcastle against Man Utd would see them above Chris Hughton’s team on goal difference.
As you can see in the up to date table below, Newcastle are out of the relegation zone but only on goal difference.
However, Newcastle could still find themselves in the bottom three before they play tomorrow, as Huddersfield will go above them if beating Bournemouth in the 12 noon kick-off on Sunday.
After Newcastle play the Mancs, you then have Southampton hosting Liverpool and then Chelsea at home to West Brom on Monday night. Wins for West Brom and/or Southampton would be really bad news for Newcastle, for who a point would be a brilliant result against Mourinho’s team tomorrow.
Tottenham 1 Arsenal 0
Everton 3 Crystal Palace 1
Sigurdsson 46, Niasse 51, Davies 75
Milivojevic 83 (pen)
Stoke 1 Brighton 1
Swansea 1 Burnley 0
Ki Sung-Yueng 81
West Ham 2 Watford 0
Hernandez 38, Arnautovic 78
Man City 1 Leicester 0 (after 40 minutes)
Huddersfield v Bournemouth (12 noon)
Newcastle United v Man Utd (2.15pm)
Southampton v Liverpool (4.30pm)
Chelsea v West Brom (8pm)