Sunderland got a 0-0 draw against a poor Arsenal side at the Stadium of Light today, so they go above the drop zone on 31 points – level with Norwich but with a better goal difference.
Sunderland and Norwich both have a game in hand on us.
Newcastle are on 30 points with three games to go and certainly the next two games – at home to Crystal Palace and away to Aston Villa are games we can win.
If we can do that then we could (should) be in with a chance of saving ourselves in the final game of the season at home to Spurs.
Wins are what’s going to save one of the three teams battling it out against relegation and we are top favorites to go down with Villa.
Rafa Benitez – keep believing
But if we can continue the form of the last three games, we could certainly win the next two games – and then it would all depend on the final home game of the season.
Leicester didn’t miss Jamie Vardy much at all today in their 4-0 win over Swansea at the King Power Stadium – and his replacement – Argentine Leonardo Ulloa – scored another two goals.
That takes Leicester to 76 points from 35 games – 8 points above Tottenham – and they now need 5 points from the last three games to ensure their first Premier League title ever, after being rock bottom of the league last season with only 9 games to play.
Tottenham are at home to West Brom tomorrow night.
If The Foxes have won the title before we play Tottenham at home on 15th May, that could even help Newcastle, since Spurs will likely finish 2nd in the league no matter what the result against Newcastle.
Not that it will be an easy game against Spurs.
It could well be we need to win that game to survive and we have to remember that Sunderland have a better goal difference than Newcastle.
The good news is that we are much better positioned now then we were three games ago after the terrible defeat at Southampton and we are playing a lot better too – especially at home.
The lads have three games to play and it looks like if we can win them all we could be safe.
Since we have only won seven games all season long that will not be easy.
But we do have Rafa Benitez starting to get some good performances and results out of the side – and the players are responding to their new boss well – although it’s taken some time to get things sorted out.
And as Rafa keep saying – keep believing.
That’s about all we can do – anything is still possible this season – including the great escape for Newcastle.
And fortune favors the brave too.
Here’s the bottom of the Premier League and we play two of those teams shown – Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in our next two games.