After a harrowing week of football, it has become ever more clear that the relegation fight in the Premier League is beginning to find itself as a hot topic amongst football fans across the world in the last few days.
From the incredible comeback of a Newcastle United side against a strong Liverpool outfit at Anfield to a determined Sunderland performance against North London top four favourites Arsenal, we see the business end of this unpredictable season in full flow.
In an interview after the Arsenal draw, survival expert Sam Allardyce rubbished all speculation of retirement and since quoted:
“Retirement isn’t on the horizon, I don’t think so. There is a lot to be talked about at the end of the season, but I’ve got a lot more to give. I’ve got no regrets about taking this job. I am focussing on surviving Premier League relegation.”
The red and whites from the north were unbeaten in five and have since gone on for two games since an unforgettable debatable Jamie Vardy goal in the embers of the second half to secure a 0-2 win for Leicester City. However with Tyneside rivals Newcastle having a one game deficit from the boys across town, there has been no warning signs as of late to the future of the Black Cats in this prestigious competition.
“You have got to shoot, otherwise, you can’t score.” ~~ Johan Cryuff
This quote, however, doesn’t relate to the Toon in anyway shape or form, they have the second worst shots on goal tally in the league this season with 350 and for their survival it is deemed imperative for them to start players such as Aleksandr Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse so they can relate to Cryuff’s quote and remain in England’s top division.
With the final games looming such as Crystal Palace (home) Aston Villa (away) and Tottenham Hotspur (home), the Tyne-weir side really need to start performing to their best ability in order to showcase another dramatic survival in similar fashion to returnee Jonas Gutierrez, who is currently fighting a court case against former coaches John Carver and Alan Pardew after being axed from the squad at the end of last season.
Overall both Northern teams have huge aspirations to stay up and for both of them to go down would be a travesty amongst the fans and the footballing sprit across many of those across the country who enjoy the atmosphere and rivalry these two powerhouses bring to the league.
And if it were me to decide this one it would be near impossible to predict the outcome of this predicament at the opposite end of this outstanding season of football.
This article is written by Reuben Rosso, you can follow him on Twitter at @Talk2RossoSport. What are your thoughts? Let us know by dropping a comment via our comments box below. Make sure you follow us onTwitter, Google+ and like us on Facebook.