Newcastle United are flirting with relegation as we head into the final weeks of the 2020-21 Premier League season.
Prior to the international break we are just two points above the drop zone with nine games remaining.
Steve Bruce is still in charge despite winning just two of our past 18 in the league, losing 11 during this run. This includes the 3-0 humiliation at Brighton & Hove Albion this past weekend.
Our Premier League status next season could be in the hands of how well the teams around us do because we don’t look like picking up many more victories this season. Here’s a look at our remaining fixtures:
Tottenham Hotspur (home)
We host Tottenham Hotspur over the Easter weekend. Jose Mourinho’s side do have more international players in action over the coming week and we did get a draw in North London back in September, but it’s difficult to see us get anything in our next game as Spurs are in the hunt for a top four finish.
Although just five points above us, Burnley have lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches. We did beat them 3-1 at St James’ Park early in the season but form has gone in the opposite direction since. Even a point at Turf Moor would be a good result with how we’re playing of late.
West Ham United (home)
David Moyes’ side look set to miss out on Champions League football in what has been a surprising season from West Ham United. The Hammers have been particularly consistent and good against the bottom half sides so don’t be surprised if we lose this one. You may be able to get good odds on West Ham winning too, which you can use a bet365 bonus code on your-promotional-code.co.uk to back.
The defending Premier League champions could be back in the top four race by the time we travel to Anfieldin late April and despite how poor they’ve been at home in the New Year I simply cannot see us coming away with anything from this one.
We were hammered 0-3 at the Emirates back in January but I am not ruling out our chances in this one. That’s because last week, they drew Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals. Assuming they progress from that tie our match against the Gunners will fall three days after Arsenal are away from home in theirEuropa League semi-final, giving us a potential chance to get something in London.
Leicester City (away)
Leicester City are looking good for a top four finish this season and will likely be keen to pick up three points against us in early May. Brendan Rodgers’ side have already beaten us at our own ground this season.
Manchester City (home)
Pep Guardiola’s side will almost certainly be crowned 2020-21 Premier League champions before we host them in a midweek tie in mid-May. Whether Manchester City take it easy on us we will have to wait and see. Or pray.
Sheffield United (home)
If we are outside of the bottom three heading into the final two games of the season, then you have to have some confidence in us avoiding relegation. Our final home game of the season is versus Sheffield United, who should be relegated by then. Although we lost at Bramall Lane in our first meeting we should be winning this one.
We are currently in competition with Fulham to avoid relegation. It would be great if Scott Parker’s side are relegated by the time we travel to Craven Cottage. We drew at home to them just before Christmas.