The Premier League recent form table makes more comfortable viewing for Newcastle fans after the last two results.
The last half dozen matches have now yielded 10 points from 18, with the draw against Stoke added to the wins over Bournemouth, Liverpool and Spurs.
A win against Aston Villa and it would be four wins out of six after only one in the first eleven matches, quite a turnaround, at least on paper, if it comes to pass.
Newcastle now sit a respectable 9th in the form table and 15th in the overall Premier League table, almost healthy looking compared to Saturday’s visitors.
The only small bit of optimism for Villa fans is that their 19th place in the Premier League recent form table is one place higher than where they find themselves in the overall table.
Already condemned to spend Christmas at the bottom of the table, Remi Garde has targeted the next four matches against Newcastle, West Ham, Sunderland and Norwich as a potential lifeline.
In the last six results below, the new manager was only responsible for the last five.
Garde has spoken of the small margins between success and failure with only the Everton match evidence of why they are in such a shocking state after 16 games.
The draws against Southampton and Man City obviously stand out, whilst against Arsenal on Saturday Villa played well in the second half.
Tomorrow will be the first occasion for some time when both Newcastle fans and neutrals will think a win for United is by far the most likely outcome.
Let’s hope Aston Villa head into Christmas with still no win since the opening day of the season and only six points in the bank.
Aston Villa’s last six results with latest one listed first;
Villa 0 Arsenal 2
Southampton 1 Villa 1
Villa 2 Watford 3
Everton 4 Villa 0
Villa 0 Man City 0
Tottenham 3 Villa 1
Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 2
Newcastle 2 Liverpool 0
Crystal Palace 5 Newcastle 1
Newcastle 0 Leicester 3
Bournemouth 0 Newcastle 1
Newcastle 0 Stoke 0