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Results compared to same 11 Newcastle United fixtures last season

6 years ago

What about the results compared to the same 11 [intlink id=”191″ type=”page”]Newcastle United fixtures [/intlink]last season?

Despite Newcastle’s recent impressive run of five straight wins in all competitions, I’ve still seen plenty of unrest amongst the Geordie faithful regarding our team.

Many believe that the squad isn’t good enough to seriously compete in this league and that once the winning streak is over, we’ll come back down to Earth with a mighty bump.

However, doing a little investigation of my own to rate the team, it seems that not only do we look more than capable of performing in the Barclays Premier League this year, but we may even have a side capable of once again pushing for a European place.

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One thing I like to do every season to see where Newcastle are at, is not to judge just on so many games played compared to the same number last season, but rather match results compared to those same fixtures the previous year.

The comparison on our first eleven games;

Manchester City (H) – This year: 0-2. Last year: 0-2. Points difference: 0

Aston Villa (A) – This year: 0-0. Last year: 2-1. Points difference: -2

Crystal Palace (H) – This year: 3-3. Last year: 1-0. Points difference -2

Southampton (A) – This year: 0-4. Last year: 0-4. Points difference: 0

Hull City (H) – This year: 2-2. Last year: 2-3. Points difference: +1

Stoke City (A) – This year: 0-1. Last year: 0-1. Points difference: 0

Swansea City (A) – This year: 2-2. Last year: 0-3. Points difference: +1

Leicester City (H) – This year: 1-0. Last year: N/A. Points difference: N/A

Tottenham (A) – This year: 2-1. Last year: 1-0. Points difference: 0

Liverpool (H) – This year: 1-0. Last year: 2-2. Points difference: +1

West Brom (A) – This year: 2-0. Last year: 0-1. Points difference: +3

In total, we’ve made a whole 2 points more than we did in those respective fixtures last season!

I know, it hardly looks impressive, but improvements are improvements – are they not?

Another factor to take into account; the games that we’ve improved our points haul in (Hull, Swansea, Liverpool and West Brom), those fixtures were all in the first half of last season.

In other words, before Cabaye was sold and our 2013/14 season turned to disaster.

In other other words, we’ve improved on results of the side we had last season, which many felt (up to Boxinbg Day)could have a real chance of making it back into Europe.

Take into account the fact that this season we have regularly had the youngest average side in the PL, plus a Capital One Cup QF to look forward to as well…

Don’t worry, I’m not using these stats as a personal guarantee that we’re going to waltz into continental competition next year but surely it’s worth a think about?

Comments below, as always, are more than welcome!

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