Newcastle are 16th in the Premier League with 12 games to go.

How Newcastle United's run-in compares to their relegation rivals

With just 12 Premier League games to go this season, Newcastle United are just one point above the relegation zone.

But how does their run-in compare with the other sides languishing in the bottom half of the table, taking into account the average league position of teams they still have to play? For the bottom eight sides, we've divided the league placings of their remaining opponents by the number of games left - giving a ranking of ‘difficulty’ for the relegation run-in. Here are the results.

The Clarets face opponents with an average league position of ninth (8.5 to be precise), with games against Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham still to come.

1. Hardest run-in - Burnley

The Clarets face opponents with an average league position of ninth (8.5 to be precise), with games against Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham still to come.
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They may have moved out of the relegation zone but the Bluebirds are still to face teams with an average position of ninth.

2. Second hardest - Cardiff City

They may have moved out of the relegation zone but the Bluebirds are still to face teams with an average position of ninth.
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Many believe the Terriers are already down and it doesn't get any easier with trips to Liverpool and Tottenham still to come. Huddersfield are still to face teams with an average position of 9.8.

3. Third hardest - Huddersfield Town

Many believe the Terriers are already down and it doesn't get any easier with trips to Liverpool and Tottenham still to come. Huddersfield are still to face teams with an average position of 9.8.
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The Saints must face teams with an average league position of 9.9.

4. Middling - Southampton

The Saints must face teams with an average league position of 9.9.
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