It’s fair to say results haven’t gone Newcastle United’s way once again this week, with us losing against Leeds 24 hours before Burnley, Fulham and Brighton ALL picked up points.
Last night, Burnley beat Aston Villa 3-2 to move three clear of us and NINE above the drop zone, while Fulham got a point at Brighton to take them within six and one of Newcastle respectively.
Considering Fulham have a game in hand on us, better goal difference and travel to West Brom at the weekend (who’ve lost their home games by an aggregate score of 16-0 since Big Sam took over), there’s a real fear the current six-point gap could be cut significantly if we don’t get something at Everton in the early kick off on Saturday.
It’s quite telling that we were rated at 3/1 to go down after the defeat at Sheffield United, but a fortnight later and they same bookies have us at 6/5 – just marginally behind third-bottom Fulham at 10/11.
Here are the relegation favourites according to the latest odds, followed by the current league standings:
- Sheffield Utd – 1/14 (1.07)
- West Brom – 1/10 (1.1)
- Fulham – 10/11 (1.91)
- Newcastle – 6/5 (2.20)
- Brighton – 9/2 (5.5)
- Burnley – 8/1 (9)
- Crystal Palace – 10/1 (11)
So, the bookies having Sheffield United and West Brom as good as gone, Fulham and Newcastle almost neck and neck, Brighton deemed over TWICE as likely to stay up as us and Burnley sitting pretty at 8/1 after back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Aston Villa.
Some felt like Burnley were never likely to go down under Sean Dyche, but they started the night level with us on 19 points – until they came from behind to beat an in-form Aston Villa side 3-2 at Turf Moor.
That win now means they’ve picked up ELEVEN points since we last won a Premier League game (the 2-1 victory over West Brom in December).
Brighton then took on Fulham at The Amex in a relegation six-pointer that ended with both sides picking up a point in a 0-0 draw.
It could be seen as an ideal result as neither picked up what would’ve been a huge three points, however the draw means they both gain on us…again!
Elsewhere at the bottom, Sheffield United pulled off a shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford, but they and West Brom – who lost 0-5 at home to Man City on Tuesday – both have mountains to climb.
To think Steve Bruce said we weren’t in a relegation battle the day before we were beaten at Sheffield United.
About Olly Hawkins
Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.