Nicholas Nassem Taleb will not be writing about this Premiership. It was a tame end to the 2008- 2009 season.
Hull lost to Man Utd, 0-1. Sunderland also lost to Chelsea, 2-3. But the results were inconsequential because their other promotion rivals lost their matches.
The Magpies lost to Villa, 0-1 through a Damien Duff own goal. The loss relegated Newcastle and ended 16 seasons in top flight competition. Boro lost away to West Ham, 1-2, ending their 11 year representation.
So 35 is the new 40.
Meanwhile you can read all about match predictions from a professor of risk management. It is only slightly less risky than betting on the stock market.