Graeme Souness has warned that Chelsea and Liverpool are “in danger” and believes “the normal order of things is changing” in the Premier League.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool are currently outside the top four places on the table.
The Blues have drawn their last two fixtures to slip to fifth, while the Reds are just eighth after winning just four of their 11 league matches.
Meanwhile, Newcastle United climbed into fourth spot, after beating third-placed Tottenham on Sunday.
Souness has claimed the Magpies could “easily” claim a top-four spot ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool.
“The normal order of things is changing. You have to say that Liverpool are in danger, you have to say maybe Chelsea are in danger – so there is an opening there for Newcastle.
“The teams I’m watching right now, and you can’t guarantee it, but I fancy Newcastle in terms of performances and attitude.
“They don’t suffer a load of injuries either and they could easily end up in the top four,” Souness said on talkSPORT.