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Premier League form table ahead of Newcastle United v Manchester United – Interesting

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How the Premier League form table looks ahead of the latest round of fixtures, which includes Newcastle United taking on Manchester United.

The two clubs meeting at St James Park, 8pm Monday night (27 December).

Eddie Howe looking to bounce back from that a tough week that featured three defeats in three games.

Here is the Premier League form table which covers the past six matches for all teams:

Premier League Form Table 26 December 2021

The last six results for Man Utd with latest one listed first:

Norwich 0 Man Utd 1

Man Utd 1 Crystal Palace 0

Man Utd 3 Arsenal 2

Chelsea 1 Man Utd 1

Waford 4 Man Utd 1

Man Utd 0 Man City 2

Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first:

Newcastle 0 Man City 4

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1

Leicester 4 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 1 Burnley 0

Newcastle 1 Norwich 1

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

This is how the Premier League table currently looked on Boxing Day morning:

Premier League Table 22 December 2021

When analysing the info above, the Premier League form table makes for interesting reading.

Manchester United may be sixth in this form table but they have been far from impressive.

Some serious good luck has come their way, with a disputed penalty needed to beat Norwich, the Canaries having been the better team. Whilst it was only the last 15 minutes that saw them get the sole goal that beat Palace at Old Trafford.

That made it three wins out of three, as the game before they were very lucky to beat an Arsenal team who came to Old Trafford and had more possession (56%), more shots (17 v 14) and more corners (8 v 3) but ended up losing 3-2 as the Mancs took their chances. Yet another penalty coming their way to help deliver the winning goal.

In the longer-form for Man Utd, before these latest three wins, they were on a run in the Premier League of eight games that featured only one win, with five defeats and two draws. The last of those eight games seeing an incredibly lucky draw at Chelsea, where they were completely outplayed and scored thanks to a horrendous error from the home side.

That good luck and generous decisions from match officials, something that has completely deserted Newcastle United in recent times.

Newcastle United haven’t been great but the scorelines paint a picture that is a lot worse than reality. There have been plenty of encouraging signs under Eddie Howe but some of the individual mistakes by players have been shocking. Not exactly what you need, when then so much bad luck and poor decisions from match / VAR officials are piled on top.

This home match against Man Utd does provide an opportunity for Newcastle United to go on a positive run of their own, though naturally the defending needs to be far better than recently and a need to take more of the chances created at the other end.

A positive result on Monday night then leads NUFC into a run of matches where surely opportunities present themselves.

The five games that then follow are against clubs in the bottom five when it comes to recent form (as well as in the bottom eight of the full PL table), Newcastle end the year with Everton away, then Southampton away, Watford home, Leeds away and Everton home. Those five matches could be key to survival hopes.

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