You couldn't write it could you? Following the 6-0 home hammering by a toothless - well Suarezless - Liverpool team, the Barcodes are now desperate for Sunderland to get a result against Aston Villa.
There's an uncomfortable feeling down at the bottom that Wigan will somehow wriggle out of trouble, so if they are not joining the Hopeless Hoops of QPR and Reading, who is? If Villa beat Sunderland, suddenly Newcastle come firmly into the frame.
The points buffer over Wigan should be enough, but if Pardew's posers choke in all their remaining games, they could yet go down.
Newcastle fans cheering on Sunderland? Il Duce Di Canio will be delighted to have black shirts supporting his Black Cats!