All you Magpies fans out there out there may have noticed that their has been a distinct upswing in Newcastle United’s form since the end of January, with the club rising from 16th to 13th in the Premiership table.
Our last six Premiership games since that time, starting with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at St James’ Park on 29th January has seen a return of 12 points from four victories and two defeats. As you can see from the images above and below, this now places Newcastle United at fourth in the Premier League’s club form table, measured on Premier League clubs’ performances over their last six games.
To put this into context, the side’s previous six games before that resulted in only one single victory with a draw and four defeats, bringing in a total of only four points. Hence, we have been exactly three times as good in our last six Premiership games as we were in the six games before that!
Looking deeper into these figures, it can be seen that they come from a total of three home game and three away games, with the lion’s share of the points coming from our home fixtures at St James, Park, where we have maintained a 100% record in our last three games. These started with a memorable 3-2 victory over Chelsea, followed by a 4-2 victory over Southampton and finally our last game, a last gasp 2-1 victory over the giant Potters of Stoke. On the other hand however there is still room for improvement with our away form. Although that started well with the abovementioned 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at their place, we slumped to a 2-1 at Tottenham in our next away fixture, followed by a 1-0 defeat at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium
Of course the reasons for this improvement could be said to be something of a moot point, however a change in tactics from Alan Pardew, combined with an influx of five new quality French players would appear to be the two main driving forces. Injuries have also been cited many times by Pardew too, however we still have six players on the treatment table at the time of writing, including major first team players such as Captain Fabricio Coloccini, as well as Hatem ben Arfa and goalkeeper Tim Krul.
What do you think is the reason for this turn around in form?
Below you can see the results of our last six Premiership games. You can also see the full current form table on the Premier League’s official website.
Away: Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United
Home: Newcastle United 3-2 Chelsea
Away: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Newcastle United
Home: Newcastle United 4-2 Southampton
Away: Swansea City 1-0 Newcastle United
Home: Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City
NUFC last six home and away fixtures (Premiership).