Sunderland were beaten at Portsmouth by 3-1 tonight, which means with one game to go they are 2 points ahead of Newcastle on 36 points, with a goal difference of -19.
Newcastle have a goal difference of -18 and therefore a Newcastle win on Saturday and if Sunderland don’t win against Chelsea will see Newcastle overtake their local rivals.
In fact the Sunderland demise does not look good and if we had only got something out of the game against Fulham, even a point, Newcastle would have been in much better shape.
But yes, we know that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and we’ll need to stop talking about the maybes – because it just didn’t happen!.
However it does alter the situation at the bottom of the league, because now a Newcastle win on Sunday will definitely mean Newcastle stay up if Sunderland cannot beat Chelsea.
Alan was right when he said there may be one or two twists and turns before Sunday afternoon at 6:00 pm when all the games will finish.
In fact a Newcastle win in all likelihood will take us above both Sunderland and Hull in the table – we’ll have just missed Europe. 😀
In fact a Newcastle win means that both Hull and Sunderland need to win on Sundat to send Newcastle down.
Oh, and we forgot to mention, Sunderland are at home to Chelsea at the Stadium Of Light on Sunday, and if they can beat Chelsea – which will be Guus Hiddink’s final game in charge before the FA Cup Final – they deserve to finish above Newcastle.
Hull play Manchester United at home.