Four teams have beaten Newcastle United on their own turf this season.
With 52,000 roaring Geordies spurring them on from above, you would think Newcastle United would be nigh-on imperious at St James’ Park. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle have accumulated more points in away games than in front of their home supporters this season with Huddersfield, Wolves, Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday all leaving Tyneside with victories in the bag.
And with Aston Villa and Bristol City both making the lengthy trek north in the next week-and-a-half, Magpies forward Ayoze Perez believes the mind-set of opposition sides is a major factor in the lack of home comforts this season.
“It’s very different when you play at home,” the 23-year-old told The Chronicle.
“When you play at home you can play more football because teams defend more than they do at home, they know it’s hard to play at St James’.
“They come to do a good job defending and it’s really hard to breakdown. It is very different, which is why the form away and the form at home is very different.”
Perez may have a point. The four teams to have beaten Newcastle on home soil this season averaged a grand total of 34 per cent possession as they aimed to soak up the pressure and hit Rafael Benitez’s favourites on the break.
Furthermore, fans will no doubt be concerned to learn that the Magpies would lie just seventh if only home fixtures were taken into account while Brighton, their main title rivals, are eight points ahead at the top.