Norwich, Newcastle and Sunderland who has the best relegation run-in?

All three teams are in a relegation fight alongside Aston Villa.

While the race for the top four, and indeed the title, has the attention of everyone, the relegation battle is once again fascinating.

That is principally because of the situation in the North East, with both Newcastle United and Sunderland both finding themselves in the bottom three as the campaign draws to a close.

The situation is not over yet though, with both currently within touching distance of Norwich above them.

But which of those three teams face the best set of fixtures to help them ensure they can avoid the drop?

Norwich City

It has not been an easy campaign for the Canaries, who have struggled at both ends of the pitch.

Recent weeks have seen that improve though, with the defence in particular having enjoyed an upturn in form.

Their run in is a good one as well, as they take on three of their relegation rivals in the last eight games, although clashes with Arsenal and Manchester United will prove tricky.

Remaining games: Newcastle (H), Crystal Palace (A), Sunderland (H), Arsenal (A), Man Utd (H), Watford (H) and Everton (A).


It has been another disastrous campaign for Sunderland, although they were wise to replace Dick Advocaat with Sam Allardyce early on.

He has been crucial to keeping them in contention and given he has experience of relegation battles, he could prove vital to their hopes of staying up.

They face a tough ask to do so though, facing the likes of Leicester City and Arsenal, as well as Chelsea, West Brom and Stoke. However, five of their eight games are at home and that may prove the difference.

Remaining games: West Brom (H), Leicester City (H), Norwich (A), Arsenal (H), Stoke (A), Chelsea (H), Everton (H) and Watford (A).

Newcastle United

Similar to rivals Sunderland, it has been another season of courting relegation for the Magpies despite heavy spending in the summer.

Unlike their rivals they left it late for a change, bringing in Rafa Benitez for Steve McClaren in the hope he can save them from the drop.

So far the new manager bounce is yet to kick in, and it is hard to see where the points will come from in their remaining games.

They take on four of the top eight in their last eight games, with trips to Liverpool and Southampton and home games against Manchester City and Tottenham.

Remaining games: Norwich (A), Southampton (A), Swansea (H), Man City (H), Liverpool (A), Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (A), Tottenham (H).

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