Newcastle need a Howe-dini act to avoid relegation and are now 8/13 to go down

Bookies remain convinced Magpies will be joining Norwich in the Championship next season.

Eddie Howe is going to have to pull off something that has never been done before if Newcastle are to stay up this season.

No Premier League side that has failed to win any of its first 14 games has ever survived in the top flight.

And, even with the Saudi billions behind him, the bookies remain more convinced than ever that it is a feat beyond the former Bournemouth boss.

Tuesday night's draw with fellow strugglers Norwich City left the Magpies bottom of the pile with just seven points from a possible 42.

With no chance of reinforcements until January and an unforgiving December fixture list which includes clashes with LiverpoolManchester City and a sure to be revitalised Manchester United it was already looking bleak for Howe's men.

Their failure to pick up three points against the Canaries, even despite the early sending-off of Ciaran Clark, saw the bookies harden their odds of relegation from 4/6 to 8/13.

Callum Wilson celebrates the opener for Newcastle against Norwich

Norwich also had their odds shortened, despite a three-match unbeaten run, and are now 2/9 with Planet Sport Bet to make an instant return to the Championship. Leeds were the big winners on the night, with their last-gasp 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace sending them five clear of the drop zone and out to 4/1 to be relegated.

Optimistic Newcastle fans will point to 24 games remaining and an influx of new players in the window.

The magical 40 points remains the aim. Nine wins and six draws would allow them to lose nine and still hit the mark - it doesn't seem such a tall order. However, when you factor in that it is the equivalent of 1.375 points per game, just short of Manchester United's current figure in eighth (1.38) then the scale of the task becomes apparent.

At least it has not escaped the attention of Howe who, looking ahead to another crucial relegation six-pointer against Burnley on Saturday, said: "We know we need to win the game and we want to win the game."

Of course, the big spanner in the works is that Sean Dyche also knows Burnley need to win the game and want to win the game, too.

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