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Newcastle United – The permutations to safety

With just 2 games of the season left to be played out, the spectre of relegation if not certain is a very real proposition. With Newcastle sitting on just 38 points fans are apprehensive and with the team’s current form of 1 win in 9 (all competitions) they have every reason to be.


As things stand Newcastle united are currently 17th with 38 points, which is a mere 3 points more than Wigan Athletic who occupy the last of the relegation spots and have the same goal difference (-23). Theoretically any of the bottom half clubs could go down but realistically the fight is between Wigan, Aston Villa, Norwich Sunderland and maybe Southampton. This is how the premier league table looks at present.

Pos

Team

Played

Points

GD

11

Stoke City

36

41

-10

12

Fulham

36

40

-11

13

Aston Villa

36

40

-21

14

Southampton

36

39

-11

15

Sunderland

36

38

-12

16

NorwichCity

36

38

-22

17

Newcastle

36

38

-23

18

Wigan

36

35

-23

19

Reading (R)

36

28

-26

20

QPR (R)

36

25

-28

Here is a look at some of the permutations that can help us understand what needs to happen for Newcastle to survive the dreaded drop. I will be going from the best case scenario and relating to points ruling out the goal difference constant.

  1. Two Wins out of two – The good bit is that our destiny remains in our hands, if we win the two remaining matches out of two then we are safe and quite conceivably finish in top half of the table. Whether we have the form and the personnel to go for it is a different story.
  1. One win and a draw – With 4 points from the last 2 games, we would again mathematically be safe as Wigan can only get a maximum of 41 points. 
  1. One win, one defeat – Now we are in the realms of relying on other results to go our way, with one win we will have 41 points and could be in the relegation zone come 19th of May. It could really come down to goal difference in this scenario. Norwich could get humbled at Manchester City and Wigan too could leak a few against a revitalised Villa. But I believe if we get 3 points we should be safe.
  1. Two draws – two draws gives us two more points (no rocket science) and will leave us on 40 points. This would allow Wigan to overtake us but in the process we may overtake Southampton, Sunderland, Norwich and maybe even Villa on goal difference. With only 2 draws it really could go either way.
  1. A draw and a defeat – one point could see us safe if Arsenal can beat Wigan and if Sunderland and Norwich fail to win any more points. In short we would be relying on results to go our way. The best position we can hope for in this case is 15th, worst being 18th.
  1. Two defeats out of two – This is what you call the squeaky bum time, time for praying and hoping. Given the way fixtures are it could come down to goal difference and that is pure lottery. We could still finish a place higher if Norwich suffers bad defeats but could very well go down on goal difference and/or points  should that were to transpire.

The key fixtures in the run in will be (apart from Newcastle’s)

  • Aston Villa Vs Chelsea
  • Norwich Vs West Brom
  • ManchesterCity Vs Norwich
  • Sunderland Vs Southampton
  • Arsenal Vs Wigan Athletic
  • Wigan Athletic Vs Aston villa
  • Tottenham Vs Sunderland

It could come down to the finest of all fine margins come Sunday May 19th  and it could be a situation where we may have to endure rather than enjoy, but my gut feeling is that we will be safe and will be an integral part of the 2013-14 Premier League campaign. The most realistic scenario, in my opinion, is one win, one loss

Comments Welcome

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About Himanshu Dhingra (115 Articles)
I am a Newcastle United Fan and an Economist by Degree, Follow me on Twitter @HD_07. I love Indian Politics, Cricket, Formula 1, lawn Tennis

4 Comments on Newcastle United – The permutations to safety

  1. Toon! Toon! // May 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm // Reply

    I know we should not rely on others’ results, but I think the arse will beat wigan leaving us only needing a point at QPR.
    To be fair thats the end of our season for me and i’d be relieved if that occurred!

  2. There is a danger of the Villa v Wigan game being “played” for a point each to ensure safety for both teams.
    That would change if Arsenal beat Wigan or we beat QPR.

  3. Himanshu Dhingra // May 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm // Reply

    As i have said, we will 1 lose 1

  4. Simple now, if we beat QPR we are safe, because Villa play Wigan last game of season.

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