After the first seven games of the Premier League season, Newcastle have yet to win and sit in the bottom three.
The Magpies have just three points to their name and from the respective fixtures last season, things looked a little bit prettier.
We’ve had a look at Newcastle’s results from the corresponding fixtures last term, with the exception of Watford, who of course were in the Championship then.
How did Newcastle do in the same fixtures last season?
Last time around, Newcastle beat West Ham and Southampton at home – 3-2 on both occasions.
This year, the Hammers won 4-2 at St James’ Park and the Saints grabbed a late 2-2 draw, meaning Newcastle are five points down on last season there alone.
There was also a 1-1 draw at Wolves, who of course beat Newcastle on Saturday, which makes it seven points from six matches even with the Watford one is taken away.
Villa away was a 2-0 loss, just as it was this term. Newcastle lost 3-1 at Manchester United last year; it was 4-1 this year.
The only result which has improved this time around is Leeds at home.
Last season, Newcastle lost that one 2-1, but grabbed a 1-1 draw last month, although they were aided by a dubious decision not to award a penalty for a clear foul on Daniel James in the first half.
Everyone would rather have last season’s results. Seven points would have Newcastle in 14th.
Newcastle have gone backwards from last season, when it couldn’t even be said that results were satisfactory.
And there has only been one clash with a true big hitter – Manchester United – in the start so far.
Tougher tests are to come, and it seems Newcastle will have to perform better in some fixtures ahead than they did last season or there will be real relegation trouble brewing, if it isn’t already.
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