While a relegation battle was not something Magpies fans had in mind, predictions were made on how the top-flight would finish in May, prior to the beginning of the campaign.
And here, we take a look at where Bruce’s men were tipped to finish in the table at the start date in September 2020 – compared to the 12th position they actually ended up in.
5. Tottenham Hotspur - down two positions (7th)
A turbulent season for Tottenham. Jose Mourinho was sacked, Spurs lost the Carabao Cup final before settling for a Europa Conference League place under interim boss Ryan Mason.
Photo: Shaun Botterill
6. Leicester City - up one position (5th)
The FA Cup win confirmed a largely successful season for Leicester, despite throwing away their place in the top four for the second successive year.
Photo: Laurence Griffiths
7. Arsenal - down one position (8th)
Mikel Arteta’s side were predicted to finish 7th but instead placed one position lower following a disappointing campaign.
8. Wolverhampton Wanderers - down five positions (13th)
Wolves had big hopes heading into the season but struggled to put together a consistent run of results. Nuno Espirito Santo then departed.