Newcastle forgotten at 18/1 to suffer Premier League relegation
Newcastle may look fairly safe up in 13th spot in the Premier League standings, but the fact remains that they will only be two points clear of the bottom three should Wigan win their game in hand at home to Swansea.
This makes 18/1 a big price that they are relegated this season, especially as their recent form is far from encouraging with three defeats in their last four league outings.
Many will argue that Newcastle’s squad makes them too good to go down, but they would not be the first to prove this theory wrong.
The fixture list is one reason for Newcastle to have one nervous eye over their shoulder, with three of their remaining five games away.
Those at St James’ Park are on the tougher side too, against top-seven opposition in Arsenal and Liverpool.
Newcastle have failed to win any of their last six on their own patch against the Gunners, meaning that the home clash with Liverpool could be most critical.
Liverpool have left point-less on their last two Toon visits, although they have only lost one of their seven away games against opposition currently below Newcastle in the Premier League standings.
In terms of their away games, hope cannot be too high for maximum points, given that Alan Pardew’s men have triumphed in just a single away fixture all season.
The fact that West Brom, West Ham and QPR seem to have little to play for should make their chances of accruing points theoretically easier, but the absence of games with fellow relegation contenders could be a negative more than a positive.
This is because these so-called six-pointers do take on extra value at this stage of the season, especially with only one relegation spot now realistically up for grabs.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.