After Saturday’s matches, the Premier League form table over the last 11 weeks doesn’t look great for Newcastle.
With defeats in their opening two games, Rafa’s players bounced back with three wins in a row.
Since then though it has been tough going.
Newcastle’s record since then in the next/last 10 games has been 1 win, 3 draws and 6 defeats.
To put it into context, this is the number of points all the Premier League clubs got in their last 10 matches (before Sunday 3 December fixtures):
30 Man City
22 Man Utd
10 Crystal Palace
7 West Ham
6 Newcastle United
5 West Brom
Desperate stuff for five clubs including Newcastle and a bit of a concern that even after being labelled a joke, even Crystal Palace have outpointed Rafa’s team.
On Saturday night this is how the Premier League table looked (Bournemouth v Southampton and Man City v West Ham playing on Sunday):
As you can the other four clubs (Huddersfield, West Ham, Swansea and West Brom) in the bottom five of the 10 game form league are also still below Newcastle in the current Premier League table.
Reality though for Newcastle is that they can’t rely on such dismal form continuing for others, just like Palace and Bournemouth have done, it is almost inevitable that most/all of the clubs still below Newcastle will hit a run of form, no matter how temporary, some time in the near future.
Newcastle need to find their own form and the two home games four days apart against Leicester and Everton are looking crucial.