This (below) is how the Championship form table looks ahead of Newcastle v Aston Villa.
The top six in this recent form table features five of the six clubs at the top of the Championship (Leeds the odd one out).
The only one to break that stranglehold are Norwich City, second in the form table and giving a bit of credence to the idea that Tuesday night’s draw wasn’t the worst result in the world for Newcastle.
Huddersfield are right at the top with five consecutive wins meaning they have taken 15 points from the last 18.
Like Norwich, Newcastle (3rd in form table) have taken 14 points from the last half dozen games, unbeaten with four wins and two draws.
As for Monday night’s opponents…along with Rotherham they are rock bottom, having taken only one point from these past 18, one draw and five defeats.
When you see that they have lost to the likes of Ipswich at home and Forest away, there really is nothing for Newcastle to fear, apart from complacency.
Before having to play the clubs in second (Brighton), third (Huddersfield) and fourth (Reading) away from home, Newcastle have Bristol City to play at home after Villa.
Fifth bottom and only three points clear of the relegation zones, Bristol City are also badly suffering with their recent form, picking up only five points from the last 18.
Championship form table over the past six matches:
Villa’s last six results with latest one listed first;
Villa 1 Barnsley 3
Villa 0 Ipswich 1
Forest 2 Villa 1
Brentford 3 Villa 0
Villa 2 Preston 2
Wolves 1 Villa 0
Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;
Norwich 2 Newcastle 2
Newcastle 1 Derby 0
Newcastle 2 QPR 2
Newcastle 4 Rotherham 0
Brentford 1 Newcastle 2