Before the Premier League season was officially suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Newcastle United had just bagged a vital away win against Southampton, with Allan Saint-Maximin's 79th-minute goal proving decisive.

But despite this important victory, their last five Premier League matches had seen Steve Bruce's side win just three points, with their last league win coming in mid-January against Chelsea, leaving them five points clear of the bottom three with 10 games to play.

So what will happen when the Premier League resumes? Can Newcastle build on their win over the Saints?

We used Football Manager 2020 to predict how Newcastle United will perform in the final ten Premier League matches - just for fun.

Football Manager 2020 predicts final 2019/20 Premier League table

To set up this simulation, we got hold of a custom save game which had accurate results, league table and future fixtures as of March 13, 2020.

This meant we could simulate the rest of the season to see how the Premier League played out in the final few games of the season.

Check out the accurate league table below as of March 14 2020.

This is what happened when we simulated the rest of the games, with Newcastle fighting to avoid relegation.

March 14 - Newcastle United vs Sheffield United


Football Manager 2020 predicts that Newcastle will follow up their win over Southampton with another victory, with Joelinton and Miguel Almiron scoring in an impressive win against Sheffield United.

March 21 - Newcastle United vs Aston Villa


THREE WINS IN A ROW KLAXON. Almiron's first-half goal meant United had won their last three Premier League matches.

April 4 - Bournemouth vs Newcastle United

But a defeat to Bournemouth tempered the excitement of recent weeks, with Solanke scoring in the second-half.

April 10 - Newcastle United vs West Ham


But the Magpies bounced back by securing another win, this time over West Ham, with Saint-Maximin scoring the only goal.

April 18 - Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Danny Rose's early red card set the tone for a defeat against Man City, although Saint-Maximin did get a goal.

April 25 - Watford vs Newcastle United


Watford blew Newcastle away in the final ten minutes at Vicarage Road. Alarm bells?

May 2 - Newcastle United vs Tottenham

Spurs beat Newcastle at St. James Park in early May, with Joelinton getting two in a five goal thriller.

May 9 - Brighton vs Newcastle United


Neal Maupay condemned United to a fourth defeat in succession.

May 17 - Newcastle United vs Liverpool


An expected final day defeat at home to Liverpool, as Newcastle's campaign finished with five consecutive defeats.
Some impressive wins early on had seen Newcastle fans rejoice, but five defeats in a row starting to ring the alarm bells, would it be enough to retain their Premier League survival?

Let's take a look at the updated Premier League table with 38 games played.

Newcastle managed a 14th place league finish with 44 points, finishing seven points above the bottom three, as Aston Villa, Watford and Norwich dropped down to the Championship.

United's wins over Southampton, Sheffield United, West Ham and Aston Villa proved vital come the end of the season, with Steve Bruce's side never in any real danger of relegation, despite the poor end to the campaign. Would Newcastle fans would take these results if we could offer them right now?

Obviously we'll have to see what happens if or when the season resumes, but it's certainly interesting to see how Football Manager 2020 predicts it will play out.

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