The Premier League recent form table makes interesting viewing for Newcastle fans, especially when compared to the last half dozen results for today’s visitors.
Purely on the stats, you would have to wonder just why Everton are favourites to win today…
In the last six games, Everton have won only once and that was against Aston Villa, the team that Newcastle failed to beat last Saturday.
On the other hand the blue scousers have only lost one of those last half dozen matches and that was their most recent against top of the league Leicester.
Indeed before that loss, it is over two months since the Toffees lost a game and that was away at second placed Arsenal, so certainly that suggests today will be anything but easy for Newcastle.
Everton have picked up a recent reputation for not taking advantage of some impressive football, as well as throwing away winning leads with a supposed fragile defence, they were 1-0 up against Norwich and 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go at Bournemouth.
Newcastle are currently 7th in the Premier League recent form table after picking up 10 points in the last six games, whilst Everton are 11th with seven points.
A tough game today at St James Park but one with possibilities for Newcastle if Steve McClaren changes the emphasis to attack. Only two clubs have scored more than Everton, whereas only six (including Newcastle) have conceded more.
Everton’s last six results with latest one listed first;
Everton 2 Leicester 3
Norwich 1 Everton 1
Everton 1 Crystal Palace 1
Bournemouth 3 Everton 3
Everton 4 Aston Villa 0
West Ham 1 Everton 1
Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;
Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 2
Newcastle 2 Liverpool 0
Crystal Palace 5 Newcastle 1
Newcastle 0 Leicester 3
Bournemouth 0 Newcastle 1