Newcastle United may be 9/2 outsiders in a two-horse ‘race’ for Premier League relegation, but that won’t stop their status feeling a good deal more precarious come three o’clock on Sunday afternoon.
Despite not winning in ten games, the Magpies are as short as 3/4 to beat West Ham in their end of the bargain, with the draw 29/10 and West Ham lengthy outsiders at 15/4.
Feeling confident? For those Toon Army conscripts with a sickly feeling in their stomachs, news.bwin.com have compiled at list of reasons why the pride of Tyneside are destined to cheat the chop.
Newcastle occupy the higher ground
Two points ahead of Hull in the final relegation place, the Magpies’ survival is in their own hands, with Hull needing to better their result against Manchester United.
Their St James’ Park form has improved over the last two games
A 3-2 defeat against a good Swansea side was followed up by a battling point against West Brom. Even before those showings narrow losses to United and Arsenal are cause for confidence.
West Ham are in horrendous form on the road
The Irons haven’t beaten a top-flight side away from east London since December the second, a run of 13 matches.
Hull have never won a Premier League match in May
T.S Eliot famously said that April is the cruellest month – clearly he wasn’t a KC Stadium season-ticket holder. Anything less than than their first win in May will keep Newcastle up.
The Tigers have won just twice in their last 11 games
Humberside’s finest are hardly in the kind of form that makes them easy to fancy against the division’s fourth-best side.
Steve Bruce has yet to mastermind a Premier League win over Manchester United in 17 years as a manager
If Hull are to give themselves any chance of swapping spots with Newcastle, the former Red Devils skipper must achieve a feat he has failed to register in 21 previous attempts.
United are getting better and better at beating Hull with every meeting
Since the Tigers returned to the Premier League in 2013/14 they have had less and less change from the Mancunians, losing 3-2, then 3-1, then 3-0.