There were three Premier League matches last night, and the results went Newcastle’s way,
Andy Carroll – played for West Ham last night
Wigan, West Ham and Fulham played their games in hand, and Wigan lost 1-0 at Manchester City, whom they will meet in the final of the FA Cup in a few weeks, and they played very well and were unlucky not to get at least a point.
West Ham again picked up a good point at home, with a 2-2 draw against Manchester United and Fulham were beaten 3-0 at Craven Cottage by Chelsea.
That leaves Wigan 3rd bottom on 31 points and five points behind Newcastle, with a slightly worse goal difference and they still have one game in hand.
Wigan are one of the worst teams in the Premier League this season – but they will represent England next season in the Europa League, since Manchester City, the other FA Cup finalists are already in the Champions league.
But the fixtures have piled up for Wigan with the final being on 11th May and the Latics also have six league games still to play by May 19th, so that’s 7 games in the next 29 days for Wigan.
Wigan have a small squad so that could tell on them, unless they start winning games like they did last season to avoid the drop.
But it could also be the second time in three years that England have a team relegated from the Premier League as one of the three Europa League representatives, Birmingham did that two years ago, and Swansea the League Cup winners (Capital One Cup), are also a representative next season.
If Newcastle can put a good run together, we are just 5 points behind 9th placed Swansea, but we’ll have to play a lot better than we did against Sunderland on Sunday.
West Ham got to 39 points, with the point they picked up last night – and look to be safe in the league now.
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