We are hours away from one hell of a relegation battle!
As the Premier League basement battle draws to one hell of a climax there must be a hell of a lot of nervous football fans in the north-east and Humber regions and it does seem that the key battle will take place at the KC Stadium as Phil Brown’s side takes on what will surely be a very weak Man United side.
The Tigers started the league so well and many wouldn’t have seen the club finding themselves falling so dramatically from grace. The recently promoted side found themselves joint top of the Premier League after nine games but have managed just one win in their last 21 top tier outings and not won at all in their last nine so even a second string United side is by no means a formality for City.
Middlesbrough need a miracle with bells on and quite frankly only the most deluded Boro fan is not planning their trips to Ipswich and Blackpool. Gareth Southgate will surely pay for his poor management skills with his job unless Steve Gibson really believes the former England man has what it takes to bring the club straight back up which in my view would be a hideous mistake. The Riverside club will also find it hard to keep hold of their big names and i wouldn’t be surprise if the likes of Tuncay, Downing and Wheater all left the club in the summer.
Sunderland hold their own fate in their hands but seem unlikely to get the win at home to Chelsea that would guarantee their safety. If Newcastle win and Hull do likewise then Ricky Sbragia’s bright start at the Black Cats helm will be reduced to rubble but that series of results seems very unlikely but stranger things have happened.
Newcastle United have enough about them to suggest they would get something from Villa Park against a Villa side who are struggling for form and have nothing much to play for but Alan Shearer’s side is in the bottom three for a reason so anyone expecting them to get a win in the midlands may have to be a tad more realistic.
Overall i do believe that the Toon Army will save themselves but at who’s expense? What do you think?