Olivier Bernard singles out the key reason why Newcastle will stay up

The former Newcastle man believes the club will remain a Premier League side.

Former Newcastle United man Olivier Bernard believes the Tyneside outfit will survive the relegation battle - because they have the easiest run in of those fighting against the drop, according to Sky Sports.

Following a 3-0 win over Swansea City, the Magpies achieved a 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Remaining are fixtures against Liverpool at Anfield, Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park and Aston Villa at Villa Park.

And Bernard feels that list works very much in Newcastle's favour:

"They [Newcastle] are still in the bottom three but on paper we have got the easiest run," Bernard told Sky Sports.

"The calendar is in our favour but that doesn't mean the points are there. It means there is everything to play for.

"If Tottenham knows they can't get the title, they might come to that game and think they have got nothing else to play for so we have a chance."

The theory is an interesting one... Liverpool are in good form, while Spurs may not necessarily try any less if the title is out of their hands.

But games against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are certainly just what the doctor ordered for Newcastle.

The Palace game, of course, brings added motivation for the Magpies against old manager Alan Pardew. Newcastle's players wouldn't want to have their relegation confirmed by him...

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