Newcastle have not won a mid-week Premier League match in almost five years, a record they’ll be hoping to end against Everton on Wednesday evening.
Their last mid-week win came against Stoke City on Thursday 26th December 2013 in a rousing 5-1 home victory.
However, even that win wasn’t without good fortune, as Stoke had originally led 1-0 before having two men sent off in just three minutes.
With only nine men on the pitch, Newcastle took heavy advantage of the Potters.
But since that victory, The Magpies have found mid-week glory hard to come by.
Mid-week misery: Newcastle’s woeful record
It’s not an encouraging record and you could hardly argue that they were all tough fixtures for Newcastle.
The barren run features losses to now relegated West Brom and Stoke, and plenty of the matches drawn were winnable fixtures.
Other results include three draws against Burnley, as well as ties with Crystal Palace, West Brom and the also now relegated Norwich.
But most worrying for Newcastle fans is that three of their nine mid-week losses have been against upcoming opponents Everton.
The first was a 3-0 loss at St James’ Park in March 2014. And the next season saw no improvement, as Newcastle also lost 3-0 again to The Toffees in March 2015, this time at Goodison Park.
Most supporters will also remember losing 1-0 at home to The Blues on Wednesday 13th December just last year.
In fact, Everton have beaten Newcastle in eight of their last nine Premier League meetings.
In their last five clashes, Newcastle have failed to score a single goal.
But Rafa Benitez has already shown this season that poor records are there to be broken.
Benitez the record-ender
Pep Guardiola may break all kinds of records with Man City, but Benitez has just as canny a knack for ending records at Newcastle.
After several poor seasons before being relegated in 2016, Newcastle have a string of poor records in the Premier League.
But as Rafa proved with a victory against Burnley last week, the past is the past. Prior to beating Burnley 2-1 last Monday, Newcastle had lost their last 10 Monday fixtures in the league.
Speaking to The Daily Mail about their poor Monday record, Benitez said: “The record doesn’t matter.
“You go there and how many of these players were playing the first game when they lost?
“Was the league the same or was it different? The numbers change every year, so it’s good for writing something, but it doesn’t change too much for us.”
There are two poor runs of form Benitez will be aiming to end on Wednesday evening, as Newcastle’s shocking record against Everton seems to combine with their mid-week troubles.
But the manager is likely to once again ignore history and focus simply on achieving the best possible result for his side.