First game of the New Year and the Championship form table tells a story ahead of Blackburn v Newcastle.

This six game period is the immediate six matches since the two teams met at St James Park in November.

Despite four wins in their half dozen games, Newcastle find themselves outside the recent form ‘play-off’ positions in seventh.

Six other clubs have bettered their 12 points from 18 return, with Brighton at the top with 16.

Blackburn are a lowly second bottom when it comes to recent form (third bottom in the Championship) and have only two points since they met and beat Newcastle United.

Interesting though that despite their poor results, there has been no shortage of goals for the Lancashire club, failing only to score once and scoring two goals in each of four of the games, plus one against Huddersfield on Saturday, when the relegation strugglers led into injury time.

Two of these recent matches have seen Blackburn face Championship second and third top Brighton & Reading, these two home games saw Blackburn lose 3-2 in both matches but indicates Newcastle face a tougher task than at first glance.

Newcastle have drawn only once in their 24 Championship games and interesting to see how few draws there have been overall in the Championship recently.

If you look below, Blackburn are one of only four clubs to have more than one draw in their past six games.

Championship form table over the past six matches:

championship form table

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

Huddersfield 1 Blackburn 1

Barnsley 2 Blackburn 0

Blackburn 2 Reading 3

Blackburn 2 Brighton 3

Preston 3 Blackburn 2

Blackburn 1 Huddersfield 1

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

Newcastle 3 Nottingham Forest 1

Newcastle 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Burton 1 Newcastle 2

Wigan 0 Newcastle 2

Newcastle 4 Birmingham 0

Forest 2 Newcastle 1