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 / game||Games|
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 / game||Accurate pass||% Fwd pass||Final third entries / game||Pen area entries / game||Key pass / game||Games|
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 / game||Intercept / game||Clear / game||Error led to shot / game||Goals conceded / game||Games|
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 / game||Cross accuracy||Shot accuracy||Goals / shots||Goals open play / game||Midfielder goals / game||Games|