A flipping of the formbook will see the Premier League relegation boat rocked to the point of capsizing this weekend as the men residing on the sides of the Tyne and Wear redeem a few awful weeks with unanticipated victories.
Sunderland and Newcastle are understandably unfancied to best Southampton and Leicester respectively, hence the sizeable bounty north of 13/1 on offer for those bold enough to get on the bet.
Based on recent goings on, this doesn’t strike an especially wise move, but there are enough factors to make a case as to why both north-east outfits will do the business, which will in turn spark en masse reassessment of who is actually going down this term.
Newcastle to beat Leicester @ 31/10
Despite sitting 17th and one point above the drop zone, the Foxes come into this game as odds-on favourites and it’s not just down to the haplessness of their adversaries.
Prior to their midweek reverse against Chelsea, Leicester were as long as 13/2 to be relegated this season, with bookies seemingly under the impression that they’d be granted permission to play both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for their final five games.
Defeat is something Newcastle have grown well accustomed to in recent weeks, losing seven times in succession as well as going down 1-0 in an FA Cup sojourn to the King Power Stadium in January, but Nigel Pearson’s men have been one of the most notorious streak-surfers on the planet this term.
As outlined in this article, for the Foxes one loss has frequently snowballed into another, and another, and another and their 3-1 reverse against the Blues last time spells doom here, even with John Carver in the opposition dugout.
Sunderland to beat Southampton @ 13/5
Saints may boast the sixth best Premier League away record, but their recent performances has done plenty to undo a season of stellar road showings.
They’ve lost three of four away days, with the only positive result recorded in this spell a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
With trips to Everton, Arsenal and the champions elect to come, the Black Cats have no alternative but to win their final two home matches and with no base camp defeat against this foe since 2003, they’ll be as confident as they can be of achieving it.