By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Jamie Redknapp has claimed Newcastle will be cheering on Chelsea when they host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Second-placed Spurs travel to Stamford Bridge needing a win to keep their Premier League title hopes alive.
The north Londoners are eight points behind leaders Leicester in the title race and will narrow the gap to five with two matches of the campaign remaining.
The result could also have ramifications at the other end of the table.
Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich are locked in a three-way battle to stay up, with two of the three clubs set to be relegated.
Rafael Benitez’s team are due to play Spurs at St James’ Park on the final day of the season and Redknapp is convinced the challenge will be easier if Tottenham are no longer fighting for the title.
“Newcastle are still my favourites to stay up but they must hope Chelsea win on Monday night,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail. “The last thing they want is a Spurs team with something to play for on the final day.”
The Magpies have 33 points from 36 matches, while Sunderland have 32 from 35 and Norwich have 31 from 35 games.
In other Newcastle news, Alan Pardew has hit back at criticism from Sam Allardyce.