Former Derby County and West Ham United defender defender Chris Powell outlined on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Monday morning (broadcast from 10am, April 25) the key matches for Sunderland and Newcastle United in the Premier League relegation run-in.
Both Sunderland and Newcastle are in danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season, along with Norwich City.
“Sunderland, I feel, will get a point or three at Stoke for sure,” said Powell on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Monday morning (broadcast from 10am, April 25). “I don’t think they will get beaten there.
"It’s the Chelsea game for me because you just don’t know what Chelsea team are going to turn up at the moment because of what they are going through.
“And Newcastle, their key games are Palace at home and Villa away. Villa are already down and in disarray.
"I am sure they will be targeting those two games to get six points, which I feel they will need before they play Spurs at home because Spurs might need it to try and be champions.”
Stoke City have nothing to play for between now and the end of the season, and their recent performances and results have not been great.
Winning at the Britannia Stadium is never easy, but there is a very good chance that Sunderland will pick up a point at least there.
It is hard to see the Black Cats winning against Chelsea at the Stadium of Light, but they should be able to get something from the home match against Everton and then against Watford at Vicarage Road.
Newcastle’s recent performances and results have been quite encouraging, and the Magpies should be confident of winning against Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park this weekend.
Picking up all three points against already-relegated Aston Villa away from home at Villa Park should be easy, but Rafael Benitez’s side may struggle to win against Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park.