JOHN Carver says Newcastle United are four points from Premier League safety.
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat feels Newcastle’s points total – 35 – will be enough to keep his club in the top division.
But Carver, his counterpart at St James’s Park, disagrees.
And he feels 14th-placed Newcastle will need 39 points to be certain of Premier League survival.
“For me, we need four points from five games – I think that will be enough,” said Carver.
“But you can never tell. Who would have thought Leicester would have went on the run they have?
“You cannot think that 35 points will be enough. The unexpected can happen. Look at Sunderland last year.
“But I want to win five games, although I think four points will be enough.”
Sunderland – who have a game in hand on United – are 16th with 29 points.
Meanwhile, Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is out for the rest of the campaign after suffering a thigh problem, so teenager Freddie Woodman will be back-up to Tim Krul for the final five games.
Elliot spent two months on the sidelines earlier this season after suffering a thigh tear while deputising for Krul.
That injury forced United to turn to 21-year-old Jak Alnwick, who is himself out for the rest of the campaign after suffering a wrist injury on loan at Bradford City.