Brighton have drifted out to 16/1 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after battling to a 1-1 draw with Newcastle on home turf.
Albion are now four points ahead of Cardiff, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Fulham and are as short as 1/50 to join the Cottagers and Huddersfield in going down.
The Seagulls fell behind to an early Ayoze Perez strike, but Pascal Gross headed them level on 75 minutes, ending his team’s run of seven games without a goal.
Chris Hughton’s side complete their campaign with daunting fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City.
However, a superior goal difference means Cardiff must win matches versus Crystal Palace and Manchester United to have any realistic chance of climbing above them.
“It was great to get that goal and end the run,” Gross told the club website.
“It was a big relief for all of us and afterwards we were all pushing for a second goal to get the win.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t get it, but we can take positives from the second 45.
“We got a point and Cardiff didn’t, but we know in the two games left they can get six points.
“Of course, we both have tough fixtures, but there is a lot to play for. It’s two games and anything can happen in the fight to stay up.”
Cardiff were undone by a superb Ryan Babel strike at Craven Cottage and left it too late to apply any significant pressure themselves.
Neil Warnock said: “I can’t fault the lads. They’ve been fabulous all season. We haven’t finished yet. There’s still life in us.
“We’ve got Crystal Palace and Manchester United to play and we’ll just go and try and do our best.
“Who’s to say we’re not still in the fight? We’re not out of it yet. You just don’t know in football.”
Southampton are mathematically safe following a 3-3 draw with Bournemouth at St Mary’s Stadium.
Shane Long, James Ward-Prowse and Matt Targett grabbed the goals that will earn Saints as much as £100million for retaining their Premier League status.
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