It’s a huge weekend for Newcastle, Wigan and fans of maths
An incredibly awful week. Going into their home game against Liverpool last weekend, Newcastle knew that one victory would see them safe. But they did not just lose. They did not just lose badly. They lost to such an extreme that it threatened to force the manager out of the club, generated reports of disharmony and unrest in the squad and caused the club to ban one the national newspapers over reports of a nationality split between the players.
West Ham away this weekend, and a victory to ensure that this season can at least be put to bed and forgiven, if not forgotten. But with one away win all season, what chance success?
Aston Villa’s crushing victory over Sunderland on Monday raised the pressure once more on Wigan. With five minutes left of their home game against Spurs the Latics were moving out of the relegation zone, but by 10pm on Monday they were five points away from safety.
With four games left, crunch time has arrived, and realistically Wigan must win against West Brom. If not (and even if Villa lose) Wigan must beat Swansea or Arsenal to have any chance of surviving come the last day.
During their last away performance they lost at West Ham, a crucial defeat in a bid to survive. No more excuses now.
The end of the Championship season, so here goes…
If Crystal Palace win, they reach the playoffs.
If Crystal Palace draw, they reach the playoffs.
If Bolton win, they reach the playoffs unless Forest beat their scoreline by three goals or more.
If Bolton draw, they reach the playoffs if Forest and Leicester draw.
If Bolton draw and Forest or Leicester win, the winner reaches the playoffs.
If Bolton lose, then Forest reach the playoffs if they win or draw.
If Bolton lose, then Leicester reach the playoffs if they win.
If Wolves lose or draw, they are relegated.
If Wolves win, they are relegated unless Barnsley lose or Peterborough and suffer a……
……you know what, you get my drift. It’s bloody complicated.