The Premier League is now more than a quarter of the way by means of.
With ten matches gone, we are possibly acquiring some greater indications on how factors may finish up this season.
One particular significant issue (the most vital?) for clubs outdoors the ‘elite’ is how they get on week in week out against their competitors.
When I say competitors, in this instance I imply these clubs outdoors the ‘Big Six’.
These exact same six clubs have also occupied the best six spots in every single of the final 3 seasons.
A table has now been published by ‘The Other 14’ (who specialise on stats/tables and so on on the 14 clubs who are not the ‘Big Six’) which shows a league table of matches this season involving the other 14 clubs when playing every single other.
As you can see, at the moment Newcastle and Watford are proper at the bottom of this unique table, with only 3 points every single from games against ‘other 14’ clubs.
Certainly the two wins against Man Utd and Tottenham saving the season so far, a significant aid catching each of these when they had been experiencing significant difficulties of their personal.
Nonetheless, for Newcastle to be comfy this season, you have to feel that it will be constructed on final results against these other clubs anticipated to be nearer the bottom than best.
Certainly, searching at this other 14 table it becomes clear at the best finish just how vital winning typical games against the other 14 can be in the most constructive way. Leicester at the best of the ‘other 14’ table and third in the complete Premier League table.
Rafa Benitez of course had an extraordinary record against ‘the rest’, Newcastle’s principal competitors, particularly these other relegation candidates.
In 2017/18, Newcastle picked up 34 points in 26 games against ‘other 14’ clubs at an typical of 1.31 points per game. Points from these 26 games alone had been sufficient to assure security, as Swansea only managed 33 points in 18th.
In 2018/19 it was even extra impressive, Rafa’s group picked up 42 points in the 26 matches against the ‘other 14’ clubs at an typical of 1.62 points per game. These 42 points way extra than sufficient necessary to assure PL survival as Cardiff ended in 18th on 34 points.
In his two seasons in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez averaged 1.46 points per game against the other 14, an typical of 38 points per season.
With restricted funds Rafa Benitez proved he could outperform and beat the clubs about him, we’ll under no circumstances know what could have been accomplished then with some extra ambitious/realistic backing.
As for Steve Bruce, his season/survival is set to rely on these games week in week out against ‘other 14’ clubs and he will want a key step up on what we have noticed so far against the likes of Norwich, Brighton, Wolves and Watford.