It’s that time of year again. It’s squeaky bum time as Sir Alex Ferguson would say. Forget about Leicester’s fairy-tale for a minute and spare a thought for the clubs at the bottom of the table. With Aston Villa relegated after Saturday’s loss to Man Utd, there’s two more clubs due to join them in the championship next season. One club from Norwich, Sunderland and Newcastle will stay in the premier league. Let’s have a look at each club’s run-in.
The Canaries might have more points on the board, yet the two north-east clubs have a game in hand. Norwich do face a tricky final few games with Arsenal and Man Utd fixtures coming up next. They may have beaten Newcastle two weeks ago but they also slipped up at home against Sunderland on Saturday losing 3-0. They might stay up, might.
Being only a point behind 17th placed Norwich with a game in hand means Sunderland will have to capitalise on the toughest of the run-ins. The Black Cats have Arsenal and Chelsea to play albeit at home, they also have Stoke away. Jermaine Defoe is as reliable as he ever was. It wouldn’t surprise many to see Sam Allardyce and Sunderland in the Premier League next season.
Rafa Benitez’s inherited squad pulled off their first win in seven games when they beat Swansea 3-0 in St James’s Park on Saturday. This also marked Benitez’s first win since taking over as Magpies boss several weeks ago. Newcastle have must-win home games against Man City, Crystal Palace as well as title-contenders Tottenham. Benitez has a mountain to climb.