Glenn Hoddle names the one thing in Newcastle's favour

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Newcastle United face relegation rivals Sunderland and Norwich City in the coming weeks.

Newcastle may be staring relegation in the face, but according to Glenn Hoddle the Magpies do have one positive factor in their favour.

A 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday kept Steve McClaren's side rooted in the Premier League relegation places, and their situation is unlikely to improve with a trip to leaders Leicester City up next.

After that, Newcastle face back-to-back games against Sunderland and Norwich City, who occupy the two places directly above them, respectively.

And with 16th-place Swansea increasing their advantage over Sunderland to eight points following their win against Norwich on Saturday, it is looking increasingly like two of those three sides, along with bottom club, Aston Villa will go down.

Hoddle believes that while McClaren will have to work harder than ever to keep his job, there is one thing that could save him - if he hasn't gone already.

"The good thing is if they win their matches - against Norwich and Sunderland - they are six pointers. You're not only gaining three points but you're taking three away," the former England manager told TalkSPORT on Monday morning.

"If you win on a Saturday and someone else does, you're gaining no advantage. These are tricky games for them, but in some ways they are the best they can have."

Ominously for Newcastle, Sunderland, who've taken 22 points from 21 matches under former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce, have won the last six Tyne-Wear derbies, conceding just once.

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