Manchester City have already won the Premier League title.

The top four Champions League places are also now pretty much guaranteed, Chelsea eight points behind in fifth.

At the other end of the table, dismal form for both Southampton and Stoke has meant that they are both odds on now to join West Brom in the Championship, five points off safety and only four (Stoke) and five (Southampton) matches remaining.

The Europa League qualification places…that now appears to be a bit of a poisoned chalice for most and doubtful as to whether clubs would take up the chance, if having a choice.

No, when you look at this current Premier League table (on Wednesday morning) it is clearly the race for eighth that is the exciting position still to be decided.

Looking at the table there appears to be five main competitors, with six points separating 8th placed Leicester and Watford in 12th:

premier league

Brighton got a creditable 1-1 draw with Spurs on Tuesday night but seven points off eighth with only four games to go, it looks to be the five clubs above who are feasibly fighting for the glory of that eighth spot.

These are those five clubs, along with the games they have remaining:

Leicester 43 (+2) Southampton (H), Palace (A), West Ham (H), Arsenal (H), Spurs (A)

Everton 42 (-15) Newcastle (H), Huddersfield (A), Southampton (H), West Ham (A)

Newcastle United 41 (-7) Everton (A), West Brom (H), Watford (A), Spurs (A), Chelsea (H)

Bournemouth 38 (-15) Man Utd (H), Southampton (A), Swansea (H), Burnley (A)

Watford 37 (-18) Palace (H), Tottenham (A), Newcastle (H), Man Utd (A)

If Newcastle can beat Everton and West Brom, then get a point at Watford and at home to Chelsea, which isn’t unrealistic with present form, that would give NUFC 49 points.

It would mean Everton having to win all of their other three games to finish above. Bournemouth would need to win all four games to do it, whilst Watford could only reach a maximum 47 points if Newcastle got a draw there.

That leaves Leicester. If they (Leicester) won three games (they have only won two of their last nine PL games) they would have 52 points minimum and I couldn’t see Newcastle winning four of these remaining five matches – if they did it would be incredible.

So as it stands, we need Newcastle to do the business (at least eight points as outlined above) and Leicester to fall away.

The dream of eighth lives on!

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  • TheNutJob

    i remember when 8th was a nightmare

    • Geordiegiants

      It wasn’t that long ago.

      • TheNutJob

        Me & my bro were Keegan Kids, spoilt us for what followed apart from SBR

        • Geordiegiants

          When I started it was the Seymour/Mckeag era, the Keegan days seem like yesterday still.

          • TheNutJob

            My dad was at the fairs cup final, i think he was about 14

          • Geordiegiants

            Only in my 40’s not that old like. I remember the fairs cup craic on the terraces, it’s probably like us talking about the Keegan days now. The fairs cup seemed like the olden days back then.

          • Peter Graham

            The golden (well silver) olden days now.

          • Geordiegiants

            Aye they weren’t quite golden, but they made our fans happy. We are all happy if everyone is trying their best.

          • Rich Lawson

            Me too,also 14,never thought I might actually die before we won another proper cup !!!

          • pedrodelgardo

            Hang on in there Rich, you never know what’s round the corner…….

          • Peter Graham

            Oh dear I was there and I was 14!!😃

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Remember seven seasons in League two most near the bottom so not often we been top of the pile hardly ever the last fifty years.

  • ghostrider

    The way our momentum is going and the confidence throughout, as well as being what you term as a full on unit working together, I’d say the possibility of us finishing 8th very strong and arguably stronger than the rest who are aiming for it, going by recent form and results.

    However, I’m just going to enjoy the rest of the season and see what happens, because the job is done and we can all relax.

  • mentalman

    each teams run in are full of teams who have something to fight for so they should all be hard fought points

  • TheFatController

    Watford are on a shocking run at the moment, I’m hopeful that continues to end of season, given they have neither momentum nor anything to play for…

    When you look at the league and the teams now below us, we should build on this momentum next season and ideally stay top 10. Over to you Ashley…

  • nevfur

    In truth all things considered this season I am delighted to avoid relegation especially with a good number of games to spare and tenth is great. I think ninth is doable but eighth whilst possible and would be brilliant is unlikely. Looking at all teams run ins there its very unpredictable. Teams low down with everything to play for but may lose, teams high up with nothing to play for but may win. West Brom with a new manager syndrome and pressure lifted a bit as they are as good as down anyway no pushover as Manure discovered.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    I said at the start of the season we would finish eighth so sticking to that. The key is beating Everton on Monday and then you can be saying it’s looking like eighth or ninth depending on Southampton’s result on Thursday a draw would be ideal for us.

  • Rich Lawson

    1st 3 games look winnable given everyone’s current form,best scenario with Spurs and Chelsea is that their league positions are both sorted by then and they are both in the FA Cup final and saving players/avoiding suspensions ?

  • Leazes.

    8th is nowhere you darn fool!