As a result of a record-breaking run of games where they didn't manage to pick up a single point, Newcastle have contrived to get themselves involved in the battle at the bottom of the Premier League. The decision not to replace Alan Pardew when he left mid-season now looks like a very foolish one indeed, and if they do manage to stay up, it will be thanks to the points that their now former manager got in his time at the club, where he was hugely unpopular with the fans. Their neighbours in the northeast Sunderland secured their safety earlier this week, and it might be at the expense of their local rivals if results don't go Newcastle's way. Newcastle will need a win to ensure that they stay up, but there's added spice to the fixture given that another of their former managers, Sam Allardyce, will be seated in the opposition dugout, in what might be his last game in charge of West Ham. He may well want to settle a score at the expense of the Tyneside club, and there's guaranteed to be some drama and tension either way.