Have Newcastle already done enough to secure their Premier League survival?
Planet Sport looks back on previous relegation battles to assess whether Newcastle, despite having suffered three successive defeats, can start planning for next season’s top-flight campaign.
Considering the Magpies are nine points clear of Watford in the final relegation spot with only eight games to play they may feel they have already done enough.
Planet Sport crunches the numbers to see if Newcastle need to put their deckchairs away.
Has a side with 31 points ever survived in the Premier League?
Well the quick answer is no.
In the 26 seasons since the Premier League was reduced to 20 teams, the lowest points tally from a team staying up has been West Brom's 34 points in 2004/05. The Baggies actually started the final game of the season bottom, but a win over Portsmouth was enough to fire them to safety at the expense of Southampton (32pts), Norwich (33pts) and Crystal Palace (33pts).
However, 31 points would have kept Newcastle out of the bottom three last season, with Fulham the best of the relegated sides on 28 points.
Magpies not alone
Newcastle are not the only club to have taken their foot off the gas having achieved 31 points, though.
Brighton racked up their 33rd with a 2-0 win at Watford on February 12 and then went on to lose their next six Premier League fixtures, a run only halted by a goalless draw with rock-bottom Norwich last time out.