Ahead of the game this afternoon, Match of The Day commentator Alistair Mann has been analysing the Newcastle v Watford game.

The statistics are certainly stacked up against Newcastle United.

It was 2010 when Newcastle last beat the visitors, Watford winning the last five meetings home and away.

This season of course only adds to the depressing stats, Watford currently 16 points and 12 league places ahead of the Magpies.

Indeed, today could see Rafa Benitez and his team become the new record holders on two fronts.

No English top flight club (including pre-Premier League!) has EVER lost their first six home league matches.

If Newcastle fail to win today, it will also become a new club record – as NUFC have NEVER failed to win any of their 11 matches at the start of a season.

Alistair Mann quotes Mark Twain as a saving grace for Newcastle fans: ‘There are three types of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics.’

Match of The Day commentator’s notes:

Alistair Mann:

‘The statistics don’t paint an attractive picture for Newcastle.

‘Winless in their opening 10 games and with just six points earned from the last 45 available.

‘In stark contrast, Watford are enjoying their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.

‘Have won the last five meetings between these two sides and inflicted the Magpies’ heaviest defeat at St James’ Park last season.

‘Now before Newcastle fanatics become too pessimistic, it’s worth remembering a phrase made famous by American author Mark Twain, who observed: “There are three types of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

‘The Toon Army will be hoping he was right.’

Killer Facts:

Watford have won the last four Premier League meetings and the last five in all competitions.

Prior to that losing run, Newcastle were undefeated in seven matches in all competitions against the Hornets, winning five.

Newcastle could fail to win their first 11 games of a top-flight season for the first time in their history.

Only three teams have had an 11-match winless run from the start of a Premier League season and avoided relegation – Derby County (13 in 2000-01), Everton (12 in 1994-95) and Blackburn Rovers (11 in 1996-97).

The Magpies could become the first side to lose their opening six home games in a top-flight season – the last side to do so in any division were Watford, in the second tier in 1990-91.

Newcastle have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games.

Watford’s tally of 19 points from 10 games this season is their highest at this stage of a top-flight campaign.

The Hornets have won two of their four Premier League away games this season (W2, D1, L1), twice as many as they managed in their previous 16 matches (W1, D2, L13).