Seven games in, it’s fair to say we’ve witnessed a pretty shambolic start to the new 2021/22 season from a Newcastle United perspective.
No wins, despite some very favourable fixtures, only eight goals scored, sixteen conceded – the joint worst in the league – 19th in the table on just three points and a negative goal difference (-8) that only Norwich (-14) can trump.
Not only have we failed to beat an awful Watford and two teams well below their best in Wolves and Leeds, we were outplayed for large parts of our 2-2 draw with Southampton, shipped four against West Ham and Man Utd and ended up getting beaten comfortably by an Aston Villa side who were off the pace for most of that 2-0 defeat on the second weekend of the season.
Keep going at this rate and we’d end the season on little over 15 points, meaning something has to seriously change if we’re to avoid relegation.
The worry is, the fixtures we have coming up after the international break aren’t exactly great, making many wonder where the points will be coming from if Steve Bruce is to somehow keep his job.
We’ve played seven games so far and have these fixtures to come in our next 13, raising the question – just how many points will we be on before we travel to Southampton on New Year’s Day…
- Tottenham (H)
- Crystal Palace (A)
- Chelsea (H)
- Brighton (A)
- Brentford (H)
- Arsenal (A)
- Norwich (H)
- Burnley (H)
- Leicester (A)
- Liverpool (A)
- Man City (H)
- Man Utd (H)
- Everton (A)
The two games that follow the international break are winnable, with Spurs a soft touch and Palace a potential relegation rival, but a lot will have to change over the next fortnight if we’re to get the better of either.
After all, one has Kane and Son and the other have looked very lively in recent weeks, being beaten just once in their last five – despite the fact they’ve faced Liverpool, Tottenham, West Ham, an in form Brighton and Leicester.
Moving on from our next two, we have title contenders Chelsea, high flying duo Brighton and Brentford and the recently improved Arsenal at The Emirates. Do you see us winning any of those games at present? I’d be surprised if the answer was yes.
Next comes two must win games against Norwich and Burnley – both at St James’ Park – before an absolutely brutal festive period.
Between December 11th and December 28th, we face trips to Leicester and Liverpool, home ties with Man City and Man Utd, followed by a meeting with Rafa Benitez’s Everton on Merseyside in our last game of 2021.
Things might just change when Wilson and Dubravka return, but it feels like things may only get worse for us under Steve Bruce – especially now fans are back and frustrations have reached an all time high as a result.
As things stand, anyone going to online casinos for real money gambles would not be putting their cash on us to get a great deal of points between now and the New Year.
Considering we have just three points and may need 37 more to make sure of survival, these are worrying times for us Toon fans.