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.
9. Everton - down one position (10th)
Everton wanted European qualification but fell short. They are, of course, looking for a new manager following Carlo Ancelotti’s abrupt return to Real Madrid.
10. Southampton - down five positions (15th)
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men reached the top of the Premier League in November but as soon as 2021 hit, their form dipped significantly.
11. West Ham United - up five positions (6th)
The Hammers mounted a shock Champions League challenge but just fell short. Nevertheless, Europa League football will be coming to London Stadium next season.
12. Burnley - down five positions (17th)
Sean Dyche’s side finished fourth bottom in the Premier League but survived comfortably - holding an 11-point advantage over Fulham.
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