They sit on 36 points alongside Fulham - who are in a better position and are just about safe - they have palayed a game less and have the best goal difference of the bottom half of the table.
In effect ten teams could still fall through the trap door. West Ham will in all probability be ok but with both Aston Villa and Wigan having vital games in hand, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is right when he says 38 points might be required as a minimum.
QPR and Reading now have a seven point deficit to make up to escape the drop and this stage that looks impossible.
But Norwich, with one win in 18 and Stoke with just two wins in 2013 are sides plummeting in the wrong direcion - at the wrong time.
Both are just four points off the drop zone and Stoke's next game is against Aston Villa.
Stoke were narrowly beaten by Everton when Kevin Mirallas's stunning solo goal maintained Everton's hopes of European qualification, while pushing Stoke closer to the drop zone.
A laboured contest at Goodison Park was lifted when the winger countered from inside his own half before slotting calmly past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Prior to that, Stoke's Jonathan Walters had hit the crossbar from close-range.
Stoke have won just one of their last 12 Premier League matches.
The other side in free-fall are Sunderland and their 1-0 loss to Man United sees them just a ssingle point off the drop zone having played a game more than both Villa and Wigan. They also have the toughest run-in of the bottom sides.