Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle has written on ZAPSPORTZ.com that Newcastle United need to get to 38 points to secure Premier League safety.
The former Chelsea and Spurs manager made the comments following Sunderland’s 2-0 victory over Everton away from home at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Newcastle are currently 17th in the Premier League table with 36 points from as many matches, just two points above Hull City, who are third from bottom in the standings at the moment.
Sunderland find themselves level on points with Newcastle but a place above their arch-rivals in 16th, although they have a game in hand.
“This result at Goodison in the early kick off has put massive pressure on the likes of Hull and Newcastle United,” Hoddles wrote on ZAPSPORTZ.com. “It has raised the bar.
“Newcastle have been in free-fall, but might have thought that just one point might do it for them. I’m not so sure, now. Newcastle might need to get to 37 or even 38 points.”
Newcastle failed to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday, but they did pick up a point from their home match against West Bromwich Albion.
The 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park means that the Magpies now have control over their own destiny.
Maximum points from their final two matches will see them retain their Premier League status for the 2015-16 campaign.
Winning against Queens Park Rangers away from home at Loftus Road on Saturday and defeating West Ham United at St. James’ Park on the final day of the season will not be easy, though.