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Newcastle United already five points behind schedule

2 weeks ago
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I think fair to say that nobody would try to claim Newcastle United have had a decent start to the season.

Well, apart from Steve Bruce possibly.

The League Cup exit was bad enough but one point from three Premier League games has put everybody at Newcastle United instantly under pressure.

However, I don’t think it has been really laid bare, certainly not by the media, just how bad this start has been.

When you factor in results from last season for the same three fixtures, Newcastle United are already five points behind schedule as 2020/21 NUFC beat both West Ham and Southampton at home.

Indeed, when you look at the first four months of fixtures you have to be really concerned as to how things will look when we reach December.

By then just over a third of a season will have gone and how many points will have been added?

In these next ten games, in the eight corresponding fixtures (there are also two games against promoted teams) last season, Newcastle only picked up five points. They beat Palace away, got draws against Spurs home and Wolves away, but lost to Man Utd away, Leeds home, Brighton away, Chelsea home and Arsenal away.

So in these opening 13 PL matches there were 11 corresponding ones last season and Newcastle United picked up 11 points from a possible 33. With six of those 11 points last season picked up in these two home fixtures just played, games that Newcastle lost last season, such as Man Utd away up next, look even more daunting after this start to the season.

For starters, Newcastle United need to do something about conceding so many goals, already eight leaked in three PL matches. If NUFC continue to concede two or more goals every game then they are not picking up many points, particularly when you factor in that only four of 38 PL matches last season did Newcastle score more than two in a match.

When we move into December then there is some potential respite with that month starting against Norwich and Burnley at home. However, that month is then completed with aways to Leicester, Liverpool and Everton, plus home games against the two Manchester clubs. Taking us up to 20 games and more than half the season gone.

This is how the August, September, October, November (Live TV games not announced yet for that month) NUFC 2021 Premier League schedule now looks – last season’s scores in 2020/21 corresponding games in brackets:

Sunday 15 August 2pm – Newcastle 2 West Ham 4 (WON 3-2)

Saturday 21 August 3pm – Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0 (LOST 2-0)

Saturday 28 August 3pm – Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 (WON 3-2)

Saturday 11 September 3pm – Man Utd away (LOST 3-1)

Friday 17 September 8pm – Leeds home (Sky Sports) (LOST 2-1)

Saturday 25 September 3pm – Watford away

Saturday 2 October 3pm – Wolves away (DRAW 1-1)

Sunday 17 October 4.30pm – Spurs home (Sky Sports) (DRAW 2-2)

Saturday 23 October 3pm – Crystal Palace away (WON 2-0)

Saturday 30 October 3pm – Chelsea home (LOST 2-0)

Saturday 6 November 3pm – Brighton away (LOST 3-0)

Saturday 20 November 3pm – Brentford home

Saturday 27 November 3pm – Arsenal away (LOST 3-0)

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