Sky Sports are posing the question that fans are fearing.

The broadcaster asking ‘Will things get even worse for Newcastle?’

The Magpies had/have a run of 13 games before playing Liverpool away on Boxing Day, 12 of those games were/are against clubs outside the ‘big six’.

After four of those matches Newcastle have one point from a possible 12 and failed to score against Palace, Leicester and Brighton.

Ironically though they scored two at Old Trafford.

This continues a trend, having scored in all five matches against the ‘big six’ clubs but no goals in the four other games.

The evidence suggesting that when Newcastle play the better teams who will attack you and play more open football, they (NUFC) are capable of scoring on the counter-attack, but don’t have the quality to get a result.

Whilst against lesser teams who keep it tight and have a more defensive approach, Newcastle lack the quality to break them down and finish the odd chance that comes their way, but are not looking quite as solid at the back as they did for much of last season.

That game at Anfield on Boxing Day sets in motion another run of seven games where five of them are against the ‘big six’.

So, in answer to the Sky Sports question, our return question would be ‘Can Newcastle now take advantage of these remaining nine games in the 13 match run against lesser clubs?’

The Sky Sports preview also points out that Rafa Benitez has a formidable record against Mark Hughes, the Southampton boss only winning one of 13 PL games against the Spaniard.

Two of the six Rafa wins were last season against Stoke, before Hughes was sacked and then tried to relegate the Saints in the same season, which would have been a quite amazing double.

There are so many big stats around this match and Newcastle winning only one and losing 12 of the 17 PL matches at Southampton is a horrendous one.

Even with the Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson teams we struggled, only in the final full Sir Bobby season did we get the solitary win – thanks to a long-range Stephen Carr special.

Not many of these current players would even compete to get on the bench of either of those two managers’ teams/squads, so the question is, can Rafa Benitez spark off another minor miracle of comfortable safety with a win on the south coast?

Sky Sports:

‘Will things get even worse for Newcastle?

Newcastle have made their worst ever start to a league campaign after nine games (assuming three points for a win), picking up just two points from nine Premier League matches.

Rafa Benitez’s men are rock bottom of the Premier League and travel to the south coast in desperate need of some positive momentum after a shambolic start to the campaign, both on and off the pitch.

‘Benitez does however hold a positive record against Mark Hughes.

‘The Saints boss has won just one of his 13 Premier League meetings with Benitez (W1 D6 L6), losing both games against Newcastle last season when he was manager of Stoke City.’

  • Wor Lass

    I want us to win every time we play but especially when we play against Hughes. When it comes to excuses and buck-passing he makes Pardew look like an amateur. The only manager I despise more is Warnock.

  • Geordiegiants

    If we had even one striker we would do OK, but we have not got one player of any note that can score goals, not one. Unless that changes we will struggle. It doesn’t matter weather JK, Schteve or Pep were manger with this team it will not score goals.

    • Wor Lass

      Mitro`s got 5 for Fulham this season!

      • tom

        Give the mitro thing a rest man
        He plays for fulham

        • Wor Lass

          I know that and I`ve made the point myself. I`m having a good natured dig at Geordiegiants who can`t stand him. Get a sens eo f humour transplant.

      • Billmag

        And they are in the bottom 3.

        • Wor Lass

          They`d be bottom without him, then!

          • Billmag

            3rd off bottom or bottom at the end of the season = relegation

          • Wor Lass

            That`s true. Depending on where they finish, I`ll be happy if we`re 1, 2 or 3 points above them.

      • Leazes.

        Luke de Jong scored last night.

        • Wor Lass

          At least you get the joke. I bet Riviere didn`t, though.

          • Wor Lass

            Score, that is …

        • Yes, because he’s a Poacher, not a Target Man.

      • Let’s see how many he has in the end of the season. Perez scored 8 in 2 months last year. I never believe Mitro can score more than 10 goals in the Premier League, even if he starts every game.

        • Wor Lass

          I`m not really thumping the tub for Mitro – just having a bit of banter with someone. I liked the lad but he`s gone now – although I would still rather see him coming off the bench than Trigger.

    • Kenny

      If only we had kept Mitro

    • Not only the striker. I believe Muto and Rondon if fit will score goals for us and Perez and Joselu might nick a few, but Atsu/Murphy/Diame/Shelvey/Ritchie don’t look like scoring anything this year and that’s where a few goals must start coming from.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Down before Christmas.

    • HarryHype59

      I actually think it may even be before that!

    • Paul Cannell

      Are Christmas going down ?

  • Billmag

    Saints are much like us they are not playing very well, the manager is under pressure to get a result, I fancy us on Saturday our luck is bound to change soon, I’m going for two penalty’s and a deflection (😀😀) .

  • HarryHype59

    Alas, I fear the bell has already tolled for this club’s EPL status. Fatties decision to make a £20m profit in the last window was pure folly!

    • Andy Mac

      Ah but it helped boost his bank balance by a few bob ? 🤔

  • KennySamsung

    If only you could predict how Newcastle are going to play, sadly they change from good to bad several times in one game never mind every other game. After I wake up from a 3-0 Newcastle win and see the team still at the bottom I will recover enough to read the same old dross written by the gutter press and the tabloid middle class Arsenal supporters.

  • If Ritchie keeps starting and taking Corners and Free Kicks we would never score. He needs to be dropped. He’s very involved in defending but his set pieces and finishing and delivery are just shocking at the moment. When Paul Dummett can deliver a better cross than you, it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

  • Andy Mac

    I am a fan and have been for nearly 30 years. However I am resigned to losing the fight for a whole variety of reasons. The best of those is that when we go down (not if) the fat barsteward wont be able to give this club away with 5 pairs of socks or even 555 pairs ?

    OK we may do a Makem like dive into oblivion but all the while the value of Fatman’s investment will decrease to a point where maybe we could all buy the club from the receiver ? Who knows ? 🤔