This is how the Championship form table looks ahead of Newcastle v Burton.
At the very bottom you have Rotherham, life must be really tough for the diehards who are still turning up to watch them. Not only have they lost all of these last half dozen matches, they have also lost 13 of their last 14, with one draw.
Just above them are Newcastle’s last two opponents, Wigan the five defeats and one win, whilst Birmingham have no wins in six, just the three draws including the one at St. Andrew’s against Newcastle.
Burton on the other hand are showing some real resilience despite many people thinking that their small squad would see them suffer the most as the season wore on.
They actually have only one defeat in their last eight and that came in a crazy 3-5 loss at home to Brentford after having led 3-1 at the break.
In this last games form table, Newcastle have three wins and two draws, whilst Burton have two wins and three draws. So whilst most neutrals will be forecasting an easy win for Newcastle, the Championship form table tells a different story and last weekend’s 1-0 win at Huddersfield tells you Rafa’s players can’t take anything for granted.
That 3-5 defeat to Brentford particularly stands out because in the other six of their last seven games (the game before this six game form table was a goalless draw at Derby), there have only been six goals scored in total by Nigel Clough’s team and the opposition.
Burton’s competitiveness has definitely relied on their defending and only three of the bottom 13 clubs have conceded less than Clough’s team.
However, only bottom two Wigan and Rotherham have scored less than Burton’s paltry 40 goals in 39 matches.
So let’s all hope for an early (Newcastle) goal tonight against Burton, as otherwise it could be a long long night
Championship form table over the past six matches:
Burton’s last six results with latest one listed first;
Huddersfield 0 Burton 1
Burton 3 Brentford 5
Burton 1 Nottingham Forest 0
Sheff Wed 1 Burton 1
Bristol City 0 Burton 0
Burton 1 Blackburn 1
Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;
Newcastle 2 Wigan 1
Newcastle 1 Fulham 3
Reading 0 Newcastle 0
Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3
Brighton 1 Newcastle 2