Stuart Pearce has been speaking about his old club’s chances of promotion.

The former Newcastle and England defender accepts that Newcastle are flying at the moment but claims that it is inevitable that results will go against them, sometime(s) in the remaining six months of the season.

Nobody disputes that the 46 game Championship often proves a difficult division to get out of – but is it really inevitable that Newcastle will run up a number of defeats at some period in the remainder of the season?

Looking back at the last seven years of the Championship, this is how the seven champions got on as the season progressed:

2009/10 Newcastle lost only 1 of their final 33 matches.

2010/11 QPR lost only 2 of 21 games leading up to defeat in final match when they were already confirmed Champions.

2011/12 Reading won 17 of their final 23 matches.

2012/13 Cardiff lost only 4 of their last 31 games.

2013/14 Leicester were defeated in only 1 of their final 27.

2014/15 Bournemouth lost 4 of their closing 36 games.

2015/16 Burnley lost 0 of their final 23 matches.

Whilst no Newcastle fan can count on anything yet, what these past seven seasons show is that there is usually one club who does go on to dominate as the season progresses.

The only thing to tick off now, is Rafa Benitez continuing to make sure that the dominant one in the next 31 matches is Newcastle United.

Stuart Pearce speaking to Talksport:

“They (Newcastle) will have a downturn.

“That happens in the Championship.

“46 games….you will never have it all your own way.

“They will take some stopping and they will be in the top four.

“Think they will be top two but Norwich also have a squad which can stay with them.”