Stephen Warnock predicts which teams will be relegated from the Premier League - and it's bad news for Newcastle United
Stephen Warnock is tipping Fulham to survive in the Premier League – with Newcastle United replacing them in the relegation zone.
The relegation picture was blown wide open over the weekend after contrasting results for the Magpies, Fulham and Brighton and Hove Albion.
Steve Bruce admitted he was happy not to lose against West Brom, just hours before Scott Parker’s Cottagers earned an outstanding 1-0 win at Liverpool.
Fulham’s victory at Anfield closed the gap on United to one point, while they also went level on points with Brighton, who lost 2-1 to Leicester City.
Parker’s men are the in-form team at the bottom of the table with just one defeat in their previous seven matches.
Newcastle meanwhile, have recorded just two wins from 18 and are also without attacking trio Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron.
When asked to predict who would finish in the relegation places, Warnock told Sky Sports’ Football Show: “I’m going to go for Sheffield United, West Brom and Newcastle.
"When I look at Brighton – it’s either Newcastle or Brighton – because I think Fulham will get out of it.
"They’ve got enough. The intent on the break, the organisation and the defensive record they’ve got of late.
"They’ve got the second-best defence in the league since (Joachim) Andersen and (Tosin Adarabioyo) have started playing together, which speaks volumes of what Scott Parker has done there.
"Brighton – they’re very pretty on the eye. They don’t have an edge about them, they don’t have a ruthless streak in front of goal or that killer instinct.
"Newcastle have huge problems upfront and the way they create opportunities and don’t have that firepower.
"So, I think Fulham will have enough. I said it a couple of weeks ago, if Scott Parker keeps Fulham up, he’s manager of the season.”