Interesting to compare the Premier League table of today, with that of 12 months ago.
Going back a year (the second table below), it will strike both fear and what would appear to be irrational hope (at the moment).
The bottom four after 16 matches last season were Burnley, QPR, Hull and rock bottom…Leicester.
So for the current strugglers, history repeating itself would see three of them relegated and one ending up top of the Premier League a year from now.
As for Newcastle, a year ago we had enjoyed the five match winning run by now and then followed it with a jumble of results that featured losing to West Ham, a draw with Burnley, defeating Chelsea (their first defeat last season in the Premier League compared to the NINE they have already had this time!), then losing to Arsenal.
Next up was a pretty shocking Christmas present of losing at home to Sunderland, then defeat at Man Utd, before Alan Pardew bowed out with victory against Everton and some bloke called John Carver took over, I wonder how he got on…?
By this stage last season, Newcastle were seven points and seven places in the table better off than we are now.
This season it is the likes of Palace and Watford who are seen as maybe punching above their weight/expectation (as well as Leicester obviously!), with Swansea and to an extent, Southampton, the clubs who have failed so far to sustain last season’s relative success.
As the last two wins for Newcastle (and Bournemouth) have shown though, stringing together a few wins can have a big impact and just like last season, if United can stretch this two match winning run into four (Villa and Everton at home up next) or even five (West Brom), then who knows where we could be heading into the new year…
Confidence, momentum, belief…Steve McClaren’s recent buzzwords and now the players should be having a growing feeling of all three.
Premier League Table 2015/16 After 16 Matches
Premier League Table 2014/15 After 16 Matches