Stats: Below average! Magpies must improve in these areas if they want to survive

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The Newcastle United management must remedy a number of ailing footballing areas if they want to retain their status as a Premier League team.

Newcastle United are yet to record a victory in the 2014-15 Premier League season - one of only two teams in the division to be left wanting (the other being Burnley) - but once the international football calendar is over, manager Alan Pardew is presented with a winnable fixture - Leicester City at home.

What follows is perhaps best described as an arduous run as Newcastle travel to Tottenham Hotspur, then to Manchester City before hosting Liverpool.

If Pardew wants to bank points on the board, then he must address a number of problem areas - and they are easy to identify from the statistical data available.

  Poss lost / gameGames
Newcastle 142.14 7
Average 138.32 7

Newcastle United lose possession far more frequently than the division average.

If Pardew wants to see his team do more with the football (only four clubs have an inferior goals scored haul) then he must teach drills at the training ground that play up to keep-ball tactics.

When it comes to passing the ball, Newcastle are - for the most part - out-performing the majority of the league.

The Magpies accumulate more total passes on a per game basis than the division average, share the same passing accuracy and forward pass percentage than the division average and even penetrate the penalty area and produce key passes with a greater frequency.

However, considering the club have only scored seven goals to date - from an average of ten key passes provided each game - an inefficiency when it comes to finishing moves becomes apparent.

  Total pass / gameAccurate pass% Fwd passFinal third entries / gamePen area entries / gameKey pass / gameGames
Newcastle 480.29 82% 36% 57.14 23.43 10.71 7
Division average 458.75 82% 36% 62.39 17.66 9.59 7

Defensively, Newcastle United also need work and must eliminate needless errors that lead to an opponent capitalising by taking a shot on goal.

  Total tackle / gameIntercept / game Clear / gameError led to shot / gameGoals conceded / gameGames
Newcastle 18 14.29 18.14 0.71 2 7
Division average 19.51 15.06 29.36 0.4 1.4 7

In attack, Newcastle miss more clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities than the majority of their peers in the Premier League. Their shooting accuracy is inept, their goals to shots ratio is poor and they don't score enough from midfield.

  Chance missed / gameCross accuracyShot accuracyGoals / shotsGoals open play / gameMidfielder goals / gameGames
Newcastle 1.14 20% 24% 7% 0.71 0.14 7
Division average 0.81 20% 32% 11% 0.99 0.56 7

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