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Why Tottenham losing to Newcastle maybe wasn’t a massive surprise – Look at this table and the stats

3 months ago
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Tottenham losing to Newcastle United has made plenty of headlines.

A double-sided story for the media.

Steve Bruce’s side amazingly winning and Mauricio Pochettino seeing his team very surprisingly lose.

Was it really that much of a shock though, that Tottenham found themselves on the losing side?

Spurs went into the game with four points from their games at home to Villa and away at Man City.

On the surface that looks very decent form. a regulation 3-1 home victory over the promoted club and a draw at the all conquering Manchester City.

However, Tottenham were losing on the opening day until a late collapse saw Villa concede three in the final 26 minutes.

Whilst the draw at Man City was a total fluke, the home side absolutely battering Spurs who scored with their only two efforts on target, got very lucky with a VAR decision (how ironic…) and basically should have been hammered, it was so one-sided…but that’s football.

From the Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1 perspective though, it is worthwhile looking at the wider/longer-term stats.

This is a table by the excellent Sporting Intelligence, showing the form over the last 15 games for Premier League clubs (who were in PL last season and this):

As you can see, it doesn’t make great reading for Tottenham.

Including losing to Newcastle, Spurs are actually in relegation form along with Brighton and Watford, also taking into account their form late last season.

As for Newcastle, despite losing the first two games this season, their 15 match form sees them only three points off the Champions League spots.

An interesting aside also, is that looking at that form, maybe not a massive surprise either that Palace won at an inconsistent and over-hyped Man Utd.

Maybe more than anything though, this form guide shows that Man City and Liverpool are in a league of their own. The reality is that the rest of the teams aren’t special, that on any particular day, any side is capable of beating the other…apart from when playing Klopp or Guardiola’s teams!

Alan Shearer has talked of there being problems behind the scenes at Tottenham and in these last 15 matches they have lost to Burnley, Southampton, Newcastle, West Ham and Bournemouth.

This doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a brilliant win for Newcastle United but it does point to it not being a huge surprise that Tottenham struggled and lost.

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