After that draw with Arsenal Sunderland are now safe for another year and the focus for relegation from the Premiership is now with Newcastle or Hull. One of them will make the drop this weekend after Sunderland produced a never say die effort to achieve a goalless draw at the Emirates.
It was an effort that moved Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat to tears. Sunderland now have one game to play away to Chelsea but they are safe.
After the game Advocaat said his future was still undecided.
“I have to think about everything”
Well he and everyone at Sunderland can think of their summer holidays with a smile on their face after avoiding relegation. The result now means that Hull and Newcastle are very much in the firing line.
Both are at home this weekend and both are on thin ice. Newcastle have home advantage against West Ham. West Ham managed of course by former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce. Allardyce it seems is on his way out of West Ham so we can justifiably wonder just how committed he will be to win this one. Who knows. He may want to finish with a flourish and bring Newcastle down at the same time.
If Newcastle lose and Hull lose Newcastle stay up.
If Newcastle win Hull go down no matter what they do. If Newcastle draw and Hull win then Newcastle will go down on an inferior goal difference.
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