The latest study on Premier League stats, shows Newcastle United impressively bucking the trend when it comes to away points.
Never the best travellers, this season Newcastle have made a special effort to be especially useless.
With two wins, one draw and 14 defeats in the Premier League (plus losing away to Watford in the FA Cup), Newcastle have banked only seven of a possible 51 points.
In the Premier League era, United’s lowest ever total has been 12 points (two wins and six draws in the 2008/09 relegation season), so to avoid setting a new NUFC PL record, Newcastle need to win at both Villa and Liverpool…
Considering victory at Bournemouth was a total fluke and it being a real smash and grab at White Hart Lane, hand on heart the only deserved (positive) result on the road was the point at Old Trafford.
Keeping Newcastle company (in so many ways now) in the hopeless stakes are Aston Villa, when it comes to away points they have one less than United, having won one and drawn three (one of those at St James Park).
Sunderland have 10 points away from home and Norwich 11, then the next worse is…Swansea with only 14 away points.
The irony is that this season, there is a bigger percentage of Premier League points being earned away from home than ever before.
Getting on for half (45.8%) of points have been earned away from home by clubs in the Premier League, compared to a usual average of 39.7%.
Title favourites Leicester City are leading the way with 37 points gained away, compared to 35 at home.
The stats maybe suggest that many more clubs are having a go away from home, including the promoted teams, both Bournemouth and Watford winning at Newcastle, whilst a crazy game that could have gone either way, ended up a lopsided 6-2 between Newcastle and Norwich at St James Park.
This have a go attitude was in stark contrast to the terribly negative tactics employed by Steve McClaren, whose only away tactic appeared to be to pack the defence and hope to find a goal out of the ether. No wonder no other team has scored so few as Newcastle’s 10 away from home.
Table compiled by the excellent Sporting Intelligence: