Newcastle United are enjoying a decent first season under Steve Bruce, but they are not yet clear of the relegation battle.
With one more match played, Newcastle United are four points better off this year than they were on this date in 2019. They have three more victories this season and are undefeated in their last three Premier League matches. But, the Magpies are not yet clear of the relegation race and they need to take care of business down the stretch.
They sit on 30 points after 24 matches and reside 14th on the Premier League table, better than 17th where they found themselves on this day in 2019. With 14 matches left in the season, Newcastle plays each of the six sides below them once more. In the first six matchups against those clubs, the results have not been as one-sided as you might hope. The Magpies have two wins, two draws, and two losses.
What if Newcastle struggles in some of those matches and can’t steal points against the top sides they face? Or, what if one of these clubs has a similar run to Watford and climbs out of the danger zone. Before two matches without a win, Watford had four wins and one draw in their previous five league matches. They have moved out of the basement and are six points clear of Norwich City.
Newcastle United must string together some wins in the league to distance themselves from the relegation battle. The Magpies play the bottom of the table side and will need to secure all three points in a must-win match.