Just as important as Newcastle United’s results right now are the results of those around them at the bottom of the Premier League table. The Magpies need to beat Bournemouth, but are also relying on Southampton to get three points against Sunderland. While Swansea’s win over Arsenal gave them a cushion, their game against Norwich is still a huge one, and they do have a cursed player in their ranks after all!
Certain managers get a reputation for being able to help clubs avoid the drop. Tony Pulis is a prime example of this, having steered Stoke and Crystal Palace to safety and now seemingly doing enough to keep West Brom in the top flight. Conversely players can get an unwanted reputation for being relegated multiple times in their career and the latest of those is Swansea’s Leroy Fer.
Fer was first relegated with Norwich in 2014, before going down with QPR last season, meaning that if he failed to avoid the drop with the Swans this year he would have been relegated in three consecutive seasons. This is a fate that Fer is well aware of and a hat-trick that he is desperate not to achieve.
The on loan midfielder has said: “I think I can avoid being relegated again, we have a very strong team. This is a good side, any club can be relegated but I think we are too good for relegation.” No-one is too good for relegation Mr Fer, no-one, just ask Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins, et al.
The ideal result for Newcastle today would be a draw between Swansea and Norwich at the Liberty Stadium, a result you can use this bonus code on. However, a win for the Swans would really put the Canaries in the mire, while three points for Norwich could see Swansea brought back into the dogfight and maybe that curse will start to loom large for Leroy.