Table shows results of ‘Other 14’ Premier League clubs playing each other – Worry for Newcastle United?
The Premier League is now over a third of the way through.
With 13 matches gone, we are maybe getting some better indications on how things might end up this season.
One big factor (the most important?) for clubs outside the ‘elite’ is how they get on week in week out against their competitors.
When I say competitors, in this instance I mean those clubs outside the ‘Big Six’.
Those same six clubs have also occupied the top six spots in each of the last three seasons.
An updated table has now been published by ‘The Other 14’ (who specialise on stats/tables etc on the 14 clubs who aren’t the ‘Big Six’) which shows a league table of matches this season between the other 14 clubs when playing each other.
As you can see, at the moment only the bottom three have picked up less points than Newcastle United in these ‘Other 14’ games.
Newcastle accumulating only nine points from eight games against those clubs, the save being the six points from the five games against ‘Big Six’ clubs. The two wins against Man Utd and Tottenham were massive results, catching both of those when they were experiencing big problems of their own.
However, for Newcastle to be comfortable this season, you have to think that it will be built on results against those other clubs expected to be nearer the bottom than top.
Indeed, looking at this other 14 table it becomes clear at the top end just how important winning regular games against the other 14 can be in the most positive way. Leicester at the top of the ‘other 14’ table and second in the full Premier League table.
With seven wins (incl 5-0 v Newcastle) and one draw, the Foxes have picked up a remarkable 22 points from a possible 24, with only seven points from five games against ‘Big Six’ clubs.
Rafa Benitez of course had an incredible record against ‘the rest’, Newcastle’s main competitors, especially those other relegation candidates.
In 2017/18, Newcastle picked up 34 points in 26 games against ‘other 14’ clubs at an average of 1.31 points per game. Points from those 26 games alone were enough to ensure safety, as Swansea only managed 33 points in 18th.
In 2018/19 it was even more impressive, Rafa’s team picked up 42 points in the 26 matches against the ‘other 14’ clubs at an average of 1.62 points per game. Those 42 points way more than enough needed to ensure PL survival as Cardiff ended in 18th on 34 points.
In his two seasons in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez averaged 1.46 points per game against the other 14, an average of 38 points per season.
With limited funds Rafa Benitez proved he could outperform and beat the clubs around him, we’ll never know what could have been achieved then with some more ambitious/realistic backing.
As for Steve Bruce, his season/survival is set to depend on those games week in week out against ‘other 14’ clubs and he will need a major step up on what we saw on Monday night against Aston Villa. Anything against Man City would obviously be a bonus but key games follow that one, against the likes of Sheff Utd, Southampton, Burnley and Crystal Palace.
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