As the Premier League reaches its climax, there are two relegation spots to be decided and three teams in with a shout of dropping to the Championship.
Aston Villa’s long run in the top flight will come to an end, and they could be joined by both big clubs from the north east with Newcastle United and Sunderland still very much in the mix.
Norwich City are the third side flirting with relegation, and you can use a bet365 promotion code to make the battle to avoid the drop even more interesting than it already is.
Just one point separates the three teams, though Newcastle only have three games remaining compared to Sunderland and Norwich’s four so Rafa Benitez’s side face the most difficult task to stay up.
They did show some character to come from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, and midfielder Jack Colback, a former Sunderland player, says that the Magpies owe it to the fans to perform now.
We’ve not given [the fans] a lot to shout about, but they’re sticking with us.
If the fans turn on you it can be difficult but they’re there for us and we need to try and repay them with points and good performances.
– Jack Colback speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle
Sunderland strikers Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini have come into form at just the right time, and Sam Allardyce’s side have the added advantage of a better goal difference which could end up being vital.
A resolute defensive performance kept Arsenal scoreless at The Stadium of Light on Sunday, and Sunderland will fancy their chances of beating a Stoke City side that looked like they were on holiday for much of their weekend loss to Manchester City.
Former Norwich striker Grant Holt is confident that the Canaries can retain their Premier League status, despite a dismal showing in their last game when they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland.
I said a few weeks ago that I didn’t think we’d go down, and I don’t think we will.
I still think we’ve got enough in the squad to stay up. You’d rather have points in the bag than chase.
– Grant Holt Holt speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk
Their run in includes a trip to The Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal this Saturday in the late game before Manchester United, who could still be in contention for a Champions League spot, are the visitors to Carrow Road.
Games against Watford and Everton to finish should yield some points but, depending on the other results, it may be too late by then.
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