Newcastle are already one of the favourites to be relegated from the Premier League this season after losing their opening two games.

Steve Bruce’s side lost 1-0 to Arsenal in their first match, before being thrashed 3-1 by newly-promoted Norwich at Carrow Road last weekend. 

After a comfortable midtable finish in the Premier League last term, Newcastle lost manager Rafa Benitez and their two top goalscorers – Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon – over the summer window. 

Newcastle now face Tottenham and Liverpool away in two of their next three league matches, which could leave them in a precarious situation after five games if they fail to pick up any points against Watford at home.

But, can they avoid the drop and finish outside of the bottom three this season? We have decided to take a look at four reasons why Newcastle can survive and maintain their place in the top-flight for another year…