Simply put, it's been a disastrous season for Newcastle United.
They currently sit 19th in the Premier League and whilst they're only one point from safety, both Norwich City and Sunderland - who sit above them - have a game in hand.
However, there is hope for the Magpies. They face two of England's most out-of-form sides in Crystal Palace and Aston Villa over the next fortnight, and if they're to remain in England's top flight, they must claim all three points against both.
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Newcastle fans would have hoped for much better prior to this campaign after former manager Steve McClaren spent upwards of £50 million on the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
However, but for a few moments of magic, they've flattered to deceive.
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Rafa Benitez's appointment has renewed hope at St. James' Park in recent weeks, though. Newcastle are showing greater fight and passion than before and, as a result, claimed an impressive home victory over Swansea City two weeks ago and secured draws against Manchester City and Liverpool since.
Survival is still very much in their hands and they couldn't ask for an easier pair of games to achieve that.
Alan Pardew's Palace, who they face on Saturday afternoon, have won just once in the Premier League since the turn of the new year, whilst the already relegated Villa are on a run of ten consecutive defeats.
Wins against both would likely see them go above Norwich, the Canaries facing difficult challenges against Arsenal and Manchester United in their next two fixtures.
Where Sunderland are concerned, the Black Cats kickstart their remaining four fixtures with an away clash to Stoke City followed by must-win home games against Chelsea and Everton.
Victory over Palace and Villa would see Newcastle reach 36 points, and whilst that might not be enough to guarantee safety, it would be to pile the pressure on their relegation rivals.
A tough final game of the season at home to Tottenham suggests they must claim all six points over the next fortnight or else face relegation into the Championship - again.
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