What can be learnt from the first half of Newcastle’s season?
1) The Magpies are sitting perfectly mid-table at the half-way point of the campaign, with 19 games bringing 26 points after seven wins and seven losses. They look well set to secure a top half finish by the end of the season, and, should they enjoy a strong run of form, there is real hope that the Tyneside club may be able to achieve a finish in the European qualification places.
2) The Magpies have currently scored 22 goals and conceded 28, leaving them with a goal difference of minus 6. They are the 11th highest scorers in the division, but they also have the sixth worse defensive record in the league - not helped by the goalkeeping injuries suffered in recent weeks.
3) In terms of goalscoring, the Magpies have been most lethal between the 70th and 80th minute of games, scoring an incredible 32% of their goals in this time. As a team, they have also failed to score a goal in the opening 30 minutes of any game, whilst also failing to find the net in second half injury time.
4) With the forwards doing nearly all the attacking work for the Magpies - 14 of their 22 goals have been scored by either Papiss Cisse or Ayoze Perez - it is no surprise to see that Newcastle have been called offside fewer times than any other side this term. Having only been called offside 22 times - 1.2 times per game - the Toon strikers have proven their technical reading of the game remarkably well, and Newcastle would do well to hold onto them in the January transfer window.
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5) Newcastle have proven to be fairly accomplished when in control of the ball, completing 78.4% of their passes as Alan Pardew has looked to build upon a basis of strong midfield possession. However, they have proven to be fairly wasteful in front of goal, scoring just 9.3% of their attempts, a tally lower than the likes of Crystal Palace and Everton - who are lower than the Magpies in the league table.
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6) The sixth most undisciplined team in the division, the Toon have picked up 38 yellow cards and three red cards, committing almost 12 fouls per match. Luckily for them , it takes 5.4 fouls before they are shown a card, and, realistically, they should have been disciplined much more than they have been.
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7) When Adam Armstrong made his full debut for the Magpies this season, starting his first game for the club against Manchester United on Boxing Day, he became the first player under the age of 18 to start a game for Newcastle in the Premier League. Although not the youngest player to ever represent the club in a competitive fixture - a record held by Steve Watson, who made his debut at 16 years 223 days against Wolves in 1990 - Armstrong is the proud owner of an impressive title that looks to have started a promising career.
8) After losing the Tyne-Wear derby at St James’ Park on December 21, courtesy of a late Adam Johnson winner for Sunderland, Newcastle have now lost four successive league games against their close rivals for the first time in their history.
9) It has been Newcastle’s home form that has kept them from fighting relegation this term, with just two losses at home rewarding the club with 17 points from a potential 27. However, away from St James’ Park, the Magpies have registered just two wins - with five losses - leaving them with nine points from a potential 30 that could have been picked up.