Newcastle move closer to EPL relegation, draws with Villa

BIRMINGHAM: Newcastle stumbled at the worst possible time in its fight for Premier League survival, drawing 0-0 against already relegated Aston Villa on Saturday.

Jack Colback and Aleksandar Mitrovic went close for the Magpies in a game they needed to win but Villa put up an unexpectedly competent defense given its season so far.

The point extended Newcastle's unbeaten run to five matches under Rafa Benitez but it dropped back into the bottom three after rival Sunderland twice came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2.

Newcastle is 18th with 34 points and one game left. It will be relegated if Sunderland, which has 35 points and two games remaining, beats Everton on Wednesday.

"We are disappointed. Sunderland won, so all we can do now is wait for the score of that game and now try to win our game," said Benitez.

Newcastle hosts 2nd-placed Tottenham on the final day of the season.

Villa remains bottom.