Another weekend of Premier League action has given a clearer picture at the bottom of the table as Newcastle United, Sunderland and Norwich City all look to avoid the drop.
Newcastle started the weekend in 19th position, yet come Saturday night they found themselves sitting out of the bottom three thanks to a 1-0 win over FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace.
The Eagles gave the Magpies a stern test and could have easily denied the hosts all three points after missing a penalty, yet fortune favoured the brave as the revival under Rafa Benitez continues.
Sky Bet’s latest odds on Newcastle going down are placed at 4/7, a considerable difference to the previous odds of 1/12 following their disappointing last-gasp 3-2 defeat at Norwich last month.
But despite Newcastle sitting out of the bottom three having taken eight points from their last four matches, Sunderland remain the favourites to beat the drop with odds of 8/11 on relegation.
The Black Cats left it late to grab an equaliser at Stoke City, with the 1-1 draw making it three games unbeaten for Sam Allardyce’s side with only two defeats in their last 11 league matches.
Sunderland have undoubtedly improved as the season has gone on, and survival is still in their own hands as they sit just one point behind with a game in hand (Everton at home) over their rivals.
Norwich, however, have fallen from the most likely to survive to real outsiders after they lost 1-0 at Arsenal.
The Canaries have now lost three league games in succession without scoring a goal, and their fate now lies on winning their remaining matches and hoping the North East duo drop points.
Norwich are two points behind Newcastle and have Manchester United (H), Watford (H) and Everton (A) as their remaining three matches, illustrating why their odds of suffering relegation are now 1/7.