Burnley defender gives his verdict on Newcastle’s survival chances

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Newcastle United and Hull City are the two sides left in the battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Burnley defender Steven Reid has told Sky Sports that Newcastle United will retain their Premier League status for next season.

The Magpies and Hull City are the two sides who are still in danger of getting relegated from the English top flight, with Burnley and Queens Park Rangers having already gone down.

Heading into Sunday’s final round of matches in the Premier League, Newcastle find themselves 17th in the standings with 36 points from 37 games.

John Carver’s team will face West Ham United at St. James’ Park, while Hull - who are two points behind them - will take on Manchester United at the KC Stadium.

Reid, who recently announced his retirement at the end of the season (click here to read more), believes that Hull will go down, not Newcastle.

“I think the obvious one would be Hull at this moment in time,” the 34-year-old right-back said on the Morning Views show on Sky Sports today. “You have got the issue maybe Man United look like they are going to finish in that Champions League spot, so maybe take the foot off the gas a little bit, but it will be difficult for Hull to get out of it.

“Newcastle at home to West Ham, I just fancy that they might get something out of the game, which will prove vital, and stay up.”

The fact that United have already secured their place in the top four and have virtually no chance of finishing third will act in Hull’s favour.

Louis van Gaal could decide to play some fringe players and youngsters, which would make it easier for the Tigers to win.

However, it is out of Hull’s hands. If Newcastle pick up all three points against West Ham, then the Magpies are guaranteed of Premier League survival.

The question is whether a team who have lost nine of their last 10 league matches can win.

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