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Match of The Day commentator notes ahead of Newcastle v Huddersfield and killer facts

5 years ago

Ahead of the game today, Match of The Day commentator Guy Mowbray has been analysing the Huddersfield v Newcastle game.

A real six pointer and after five wins and a draw in six November matches, the two clubs have a combined record in December of only one point in six games so far this month.

It is incredibly tight at the bottom with only five points separating seven clubs.

As well as this game, before Christmas two clubs are home to Southampton (in Huddersfield’s case) and Fulham (for Newcastle), consecutive wins for either team would be priceless.

However, it is a strange one, as the killer facts below are all pretty  negative ones for the two teams.

No wonder the Match of The Day man predicts ‘A scrap awaits’, though whoever wins (unless it is a draw) won’t care.

Suggesting that maybe Newcastle are lucky to be outside the bottom three, Guy Mowbray reveals that 13 points from 16 games is the worst total Newcastle have ever had at this stage in the Premier League.

Even worse than Mike Ashley’s previous two relegations…

On top of that, Newcastle’s players aren’t too keen on this particular month, having only won one of their last 13 PL games played in December.

That was the key 3-2 win at West Ham a year ago that prevented Rafa’s team being in the relegation zone for Christmas 2017.

For Huddersfield the stats are certainly no better.

The Terriers have only won one of their last 19 games played on a Saturday, plus they haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last 13 PL matches.

Can Newcastle find a couple of goals?

If they do, they must surely win.

Match of The Day commentator’s notes:

Guy Mowbray:

After November revivals, December has been bleak for both clubs so far, ramping up the pressure for this one.

“David Wagner desperately wants a win – and then another when Southampton visit next week – for Christmas, but the absence of Aaron Mooy could harm the Terriers’ hopes.

Huddersfield don’t score enough as it is.

“Now others MUST step up to create AND finish in the absence of their best midfielder.

“Two of Newcastle’s three successes this season happened without the man who is arguably theirs, but I can’t help thinking that this was a game for Jonjo Shelvey to play in had he been fit.

“A scrap awaits, with one goal either way to win it.”

Killer Facts:

Huddersfield have lost eight of their past 12 league games, including their last three.

David Wagner’s side have taken just five points from the last 30 available to them at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Terriers have won only one and lost 12 of their past 19 league fixtures played on a Saturday.

They haven’t scored more than once in any of their last 13 Premier League home games.

Newcastle’s 13 points is their lowest tally after 16 matches of a Premier League campaign.

They have won only one of their last 13 Premier League fixtures played in December, losing nine.

Ten of the Magpies’ 13 league goals have been scored in the first half, including each of their last six.

A league-low 35 goals have been scored in matches involving Newcastle: 13 for and 22 against.


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