With the relegation battle in full swing, the Premier League recent form table makes scary reading if you are a Newcastle fan…

Of the five clubs that could join QPR and Burnley, there are some surprising stats over the course of the last half dozen matches.

Leicester sit proudly top with five wins, including the three goal walk in the park against Newcastle.

Villa are 7th with three wins and a draw, new manager Tim Sherwoodd performing a minor miracle as well as getting them to the FA Cup final.

Sunderland are 8th with also three wins and a draw, Newcastle also giving them a helping hand with thta latest feeble derby effort in April.

Even Hull have two wins in their last four games which suggests it is a little too early to feel comfortable just because they’ve then lost their last two.

Looking at today’s game, QPR’s recent form certainly isn’t summed up by that collapse at Manchester City. In the previous five matches they won one and drew two, with the other two matches being single goal margins inb defeat against Chelsea and Liverpool.

In Newcastle United’s case, that single point against West Brom has prevented total humiliation but hand on heart you can’t look at this Premier League recent form table and feel inspired.

It is up to the players today to prove that they are better than this recent form, we await with interest and not a little bit of nervous tension.

QPR’s last six results with latest one listed first;

Man City 6 QPR 0

Liverpool 2 QPR 1 

QPR 0 West Ham 0

QPR 0 Chelsea 1

Aston Villa 3 QPR 3

West Brom 1 QPR 4

Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;

Newcastle 1 West Brom 1

Leicester 3 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 2 Swansea 3

Newcastle 1 Tottenham 3

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0

Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0