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Two Premier League tables : One based on Home and one on Away results – Striking difference for Newcastle United

2 years ago
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Two Premier League tables below.

One based solely on points picked up in home games so far this season, the other on points from away matches.

For Newcastle United the difference is massive.

When it comes to home form, they are second worst, and indeed if Huddersfield had managed a draw or better on Saturday, Rafa’s team would have the very worst home form of all 20 clubs.

Nine games played at St James Park with two wins and seven defeats, only six points from a possible 27.

However, in away games, Newcastle make the top 10, picking up 10 points from a possible 24, with two wins, four draws and just the two defeats. Only Liverpool and Tottenham have also picked up more points away from home and in the case of Spurs, they are a little different, as they have played 10 games away but only seven at home.

I think though that the most striking thing in the two tables below, is if you look at Newcastle’s relegation rivals.

Newcastle’s home and away points totals are 6 v 10, whilst you have Fulham (8 v 1), Cardiff (13 v 1), Southampton (8 v 4), Huddersfield (5 v 5), Palace (8 v 7), Burnley (7 v 5).

For the likes of Fulham and Cardiff in particular, it looks as though survival will very much depend on their home form.

The question for Newcastle is why has playing at St James Park become such a negative?

Hopefully the biggest factor is a relatively simple one.

So far, Newcastle’s nine home matches have all been against clubs that are currently above them in the table, in the top 13.

Which means that Rafa’s team still have all of the current bottom six (Fulham, Huddersfield, Burnley, Southampton, Cardiff and Palace) to play at St James Park.

These six matches would appear to be pivotal to what happens by the end of the season, as last year, Newcastle’s relative success was built on their results against clubs in the bottom half of the table.

So far they have repeated that form away from home, in the five games (yet to play Fulham away) away from home against the current bottom six, Newcastle have beaten Burnley and Huddersfield, plus got goalless draws at Southampton, Cardiff and Palace.

That means nine from a possible 15 points, four clean sheets and only one goals conceded in over seven and a half hours of football.

Beating Fulham would be another massive step forward in these statistics as it would then mean 12 points from a possible 18 against those six bottom clubs.

Rafa Benitez is doing it so far in the matches that count and a pre-Christmas victory over Fulham is another essential one.

HOME FORM TABLE 2018/19 – Points and goal difference so far

27 (+27) Man City

22 (+16) Liverpool

21 (+12) Chelsea

20 (+9) Arsenal

18 (+7) Everton

15 (+6) Tottenham

15 (+3) Man Utd

15 (-1) Watford

14 (+3) Brighton

14 (+1) Wolves

14 (0) Bournemouth

13 (0) West Ham

13 (-3) Cardiff

11 (+2) Leicester

8 (-3) Crystal Palace

8 (-3) Southampton

8 (-8) Fulham

7 (-6) Burnley

6 (-8) Newcastle United

5 (-8) Huddersfield

AWAY FORM TABLE 2018/19 – Points and goal difference so far

24 (+9) Tottenham

23 (+14) Liverpool

17 (+11) Man City

16 (+9) Chelsea

14 (+5) Arsenal

11 (0) West Ham

11 (-1) Wolves

11 (-2) Leicester

11 (-3) Man Utd

10 (0) Newcastle United

9 (-1) Watford

9 (-3) Bournemouth

7 (-6) Crystal Palace

7 (-7) Brighton

6 (-5) Everton

5 (-12) Burnley

5 (-10) Huddersfield

4 (-13) Southampton

1 (-13) Cardiff

1 (-18) Fulham
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