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Newcastle United could be safe before Cardiff even play again

10 months ago
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Cardiff City are in the third relegation spot.

Whilst Saturday saw Southampton, Burnley and Crystal Palace all win, results elsewhere have been kind to Newcastle United, apart from the obvious on Monday night of course.

After Huddersfield completed an early exit at the weekend, Fulham and Mitro did the same on Tuesday night.

Only the fight for the third place in the drop zone still ongoing.

Amidst much bellyaching from Neil Warnock (a lot of it justified for a change), Cardiff went from one up to eventually lose 2-1 on Sunday against Chelsea, before a regulation 2-0 defeat at Man City last night.

Elsewhere, Palace and Brighton also lost.

This leaves the following Premier League table ahead of the weekend:

Newcastle have the opportunity to put the relegation issue to bed before Cardiff even play again.

Due to the FA Cup semis, Cardiff don’t have a game this weekend, their match v Brighton postponed until Tuesday 16 April.

So it means Newcastle face Palace on Saturday and then Leicester away on Friday 12 April, before Cardiff go to Burnley on Saturday 13 April.

Two wins would put Newcastle on 41 points, 13 ahead of Cardiff, safe beyond any doubt surely, especially with four other clubs as well as Cardiff involved.

A win and a draw would mean 39 points and an 11 points advantage, whilst even a win and a defeat would see the Magpies 10 points ahead and with a far superior goal difference, surely all but safe for sure.

After Palace and Leicester, Newcastle have Southampton (H), Brighton (A), Liverpool (H) and Fulham left to play.

After tough games against Chelsea and Man City, you have to think it is all or nothing for Cardiff in their next three hours of football.

If you are looking for a doom and gloom scenario, defeats for Newcastle against Palace and Leicester could then be followed by Cardiff beating both Burnley and Brighton away (before Newcastle are home to Southampton), meaning Cardiff would be only one point off Newcastle.

Cardiff surely have to win these two games, or at least get four points, if they are to have any chance, as Liverpool at home is the following game with Man Utd away the very final match. In between those, they have another two possible winning chances against Fulham (A) and Palace (H). However, they need results against both Burnley and Brighton in these next two matches, for those later two games to give them any hope.

For Newcastle fans, it is a case of putting the season to bed without any unnecessary late drama and just hope that the likes of Rafa’s and Rondon’s futures are then sorted ASAP.

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