Michael Owen: One of Hull City, Sunderland or Newcastle United will go down

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Aston Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle United, Leicester City and Hull City are all bidding to beat the drop.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has written on Sportlobster that Hull City were the weekend’s big loser and have joined Sunderland and Newcastle United as candidates for that final relegation spot.

It has been a barmy weekend at the bottom of the Premier League with four of the bottom seven claiming maximum points to really stir things up.

Aston Villa and Leicester City both claimed vital home wins, and as such they have all but assured themselves of Premier League football next season.

Sunderland also claimed three valuable points, beating Everton away 2-0 in what was arguably the toughest game of the lot for those battling against the drop to the Championship.

The Black Cats started the day in the bottom three, but their victory coupled with Hull’s disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Burnley has seen the Tigers drop to 18th with just two games remaining.

Steve Bruce’s men have picked up decent wins over the past month, but back-to-back home defeats coupled with results elsewhere has caused Michael Owen to fear for their survival.

“Loving this relegation scrap. Changes by the game. Hull the big losers today. Surely it's now between them, Sunderland and Newcastle for the third spot,” Owen wrote.

While Villa and Leicester can feel fairly safe following Saturday’s turn of events, the latter still have a massive part to play as they travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland next week.

Hull will arguably now need the Foxes to do them a favour, but tough games against Tottenham Hotspur away and then Manchester United at home make their task all the more difficult.

Newcastle in 17th, likewise, still have work to do although they must be confident of gaining points from their remaining two games – QPR (A) and West Ham (H) - despite their awful late-season form.

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