The two big results in the last round of games in the Premier League were the 6-0 trashing of Newcastle by Liverpool at St. James’ Park on Saturday, and it was followed last night by Aston Villa’s 6-1 trouncing of Sunderland at Villa Park.
Christian Benteke – scored great had trick last night
So much for Sunderland helping us in the relegation battle.
Before the last round of games Newcastle had 37 points and a goal difference of -17, and Aston Villa had 34 points and a goal difference of -27 – 10 goals worse than Newcastle’s.
But in one game Aston Villa are above us in the league – level on points at 37 but with a goal difference one better than that of Newcastle – simply amazing, and our goal difference is now the same as Wigan’s – so there goes a potential one point advantage.
We have only one place to drop before we are in the bottom three and the relegation zone.
There are some positives for Newcastle believe it or not – because Wigan on Saturday begin to play throe last four league games in 15 days – and it includes the FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley – so five games in 15 days.
So the hope for Newcastle is that Wigan will not get the five points it would take to overhaul Newcastle, although that would take just two wins in the league, and they almost beat Spurs 2-1 at home on Saturday, but for a last minute own goal; which allowed Spurs to draw 2-2.
Wigan are at West Brom, at home to Swansea, at Arsenal and at home to Aston Villa in their last four games of the season, two of which are in mid-week and they will have played two of those games by next Tuesday night.
Two defeats will let us breathe a little more easily.
The result last night will have caused high anxiety among the powers that be at Newcastle, and it certainly has with the fans, as things are lining up such that we actually could go down this season – unless our players pull their socks up.
And it wasn’t a great result for Sunderland either, who are stuck on 37 points, but with a decent goal difference of -12 compared to Newcastle’s -23.
Newcastle need some wins – or at least say 4 points – in our last three games to ensure we don’t take the drop, and the good news is that it’s still in our hands what actually happens.
We’re hoping we can save ourselves and of course we need to support the players.
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