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Newcastle Can Achieve Safety With A Win

Frank Lampard helped Newcastle out Saturday.

Chris Brunskill

Aston Villa lost to Chelsea 2-1 Saturday, meaning that if Newcastle United win on Sunday against Queens Park Rangers, they will be safe. The Villa-Chelsea result was never a foregone conclusion, but Frank Lampard's late goal gave clubs around England reason to breathe just a little bit earlier. 41 points is now the number needed to guarantee safety, though of course that number could continue to fall based on results this weekend. Newcastle will still want to view this weekend's match as a must-win, lest they get dragged back once again into a battle they're on the verge of leaving behind.

Plc Team GP GR Pts GF GA GD
13 Aston Villa 37 1 40 45 67 -22
14 Southampton 36 2 39 47 58 -11
15 Sunderland 36 2 38 40 52 -12
16 Norwich City 36 2 38 34 56 -22
17 Newcastle 36 2 38 43 66 -23
18 Wigan Athletic 36 2 35 44 67 -23
19 Reading 36 2 28 41 67 -26
20 Queens Park Rangers 36 2 25 29 57 -28


Watch for Callum's match preview coming later today.