'Beating Newcastle and Sunderland can help keep us up' says Norwich boss

Norwich will host both Sunderland and Newcastle in relegation 'six-pointers'.
Norwich will host both Sunderland and Newcastle in relegation 'six-pointers'.

Away trips game to Norwich City are emerging as key fixtures for both Newcastle United and Sunderland in their bid to beat the Premier League drop.

The struggling Canaries are the club most pundits believe could save one of the North East pair from relegation this season - but both have yet to visit Carrow Road.

New boss Rafa Benitez will take his Magpies side to Norwich on Saturday, April 2, while Sam Allardyce's Sunderland make the trip two weeks later.

Norwich manager Alex Neil, whose side are level on points with Sunderland and one in front of Newcastle after yesterday's 0-0 draw with Manchester City, acknowledges that the three of them are battling it out for survival.

"Looking at the table, they seem to be the three teams involved in it now," he told Sky Sports 1 after yesterday's result.

"Certainly at the moment we just want to try and be above the teams in and about us, and the other two teams that are there just now.

"We've got it in our own hands; we've got the two relegation rivals to come here.

"If we can put on a performance and make sure we win those two games it gives us a strong position to go from."