Sky Sports Premier League relegation fight focus – Form in games between bottom eight
Sky Sports have focused on the Premier League relegation fight with 12 games remaining.
Huddersfield are on 11 points and appear to need a miracle, whilst Fulham are eight points off safety.
However, from Southampton in 18th to Palace in 13th, only three points separate ix teams.
Often what decides relegation are the proverbial six-pointers between clubs at the bottom.
Sky Sports publishing this table to show how the bottom eight have done in the fixtures against their relegation rivals:
As you can see, Crystal Palace have the best record with 1.67 points on average won in each game against those others in the bottom eight.
Burnley next best with 1.64 points and then Newcastle 1.63 points on average per game.
In Newcastle’s eight matches so far against the other strugglers, they have had three wins, four draw and just that single defeat home to Brighton, when the visitors scored with pretty much their only shot on target.
Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0
Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 0
Newcastle 0 Brighton 1
Southampton 0 Newcastle 0
Burnley 1 Newcastle 2
Huddersfield 0 Newcastle 1
Newcastle 0 Fulham 0
Newcastle 3 Cardiff 0
As you can see from the Sky Sports table, the good thing is that Newcastle have more (six) games against fellow strugglers than any other club. Indeed Burnley only have three.
Rafa Benitez and his players very much having fate in their own hands, with four at home and two away:
Newcastle still have Huddersfield, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Southampton to play at home, as well as Brighton and Fulham away.
Even if Newcastle only maintain that 1.63 points per average in the six games left against relegation strugglers, that would mean 10 extra points taking them to 35 points, before you then look at the other six fixtures. Which would surely pretty much ensure safety.
Wins against Huddersfield and Burnley would be massive in these upcoming six days.
The complete Newcastle United PL schedule as it currently stands:
Saturday 23 February 2019
Newcastle v Huddersfield (3pm)
Tuesday 26 February 2019 (BT Sport)
Newcastle v Burnley (8pm)
Saturday 2 March 2019 (Sky Sports)
West Ham v Newcastle (5.30pm)
Saturday 9 March
Newcastle v Everton (3pm)
Saturday 16 March
Bournemouth v Newcastle (3pm)
Monday 1 April (Sky Sports)
Arsenal v Newcastle (8pm)
Saturday 6 April
Newcastle v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Saturday 13 April
Leicester v Newcastle (3pm)
Saturday 20 April
Newcastle v Southampton (3pm)
Saturday 27 April
Brighton v Newcastle (3pm)
Saturday 4 May
Newcastle v Liverpool (3pm)
Sunday 12 May
Fulham v Newcastle (3pm)
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