Newcastle may still be top of the league (at least until Brighton play on Friday night) but the Championship form table is a different matter.
With eight straight wins in the league, seeing WWWWWW became the norm, now though it is a case of WWWWLL, thanks to the defeats against Blackburn and Forest.
As you can see from the Championship form table below, that has dropped Newcastle into fifth position with 12 points from the last 18.
Saturday’s opponents Birmingham have had mixed fortunes, with two wins, two draws and two defeats in their past half dozen games, giving them eight points and 14th position in the form table.
Interesting to see of course just who is top over these past six matches, with Steve McClaren and Derby (now 11 points behind Newcastle), just edging out Reading and Leeds United. All three clubs having won five of their last six games, with in Leeds’ case it being the Newcastle game which was the only one to spoil their stats.
Second top Brighton are showing excellent consistency under Chris Hughton, they are the only unbeaten team in this half dozen match period, with four wins and two draws. It looks a crunch match when they entertain Leeds tonight – Brighton would go top with a win whilst Leeds could close to within five points of Newcastle.
Sky Sports’ David Prutton has claimed that tomorrow’s match against Birmingham could be ideal opposition to get Newcastle back onto the winning track.
Certainly nothing to fear when it comes to recent form and whilst they have done well to be top six for much of the season, Newcastle can surely overwhelm Birmingham if on form.
Championship form table over the past six matches:
Birmingham’s last six results with latest one listed first;
Birmingham 0 Barnsley 3
Brentford 1 Birmingham 2
Birmingham 1 Bristol City 0
Huddersfield 1 Birmingham 1
Birmingham 1 Aston Villa 1
Burton 2 Birmingham 0
Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;
Leeds 0 Newcastle 2
Newcastle 2 Cardiff 1
Preston 1 Newcastle 2
Newcastle 3 Ipswich 0