Newcastle are currently in 13th position (unlucky for some) in the league table on 41 points, and we are 2 points behind West Ham in 10th place.
Alan Pardew – presided over one of Newcastle’s worst PL seasons ever
So if Newcastle can beat Arsenal on Sunday and get our second successive league win, then we could end up in 10th place – if the other results go our way, although West Ham need to lose at home to already relegated Reading, because they have a much better goal difference than us.
That seems unlikely, but Newcastle could still finish above our current 13th place with a win or a draw on Sunday.
And that wouldn’t be representative of how Newcastle have done this season in the league, since in truth we’ve been hopeless and sometimes downright embarrassing, like the games at home to Sunderland (3-0) and Liverpool (6-0), and the way games at Arsenal (7-3) and Manchester City (4-0).
There’s 20 goals conceded in those four games.
And if we don’t win on Sunday, this will be the second worst season ever for Newcastle in the Premier League in terms of points, second only to the 34 points we picked up four years when we were relegated, and less than the 43 points we gained in both 2007 and 2008 – which is currently the next lowest points total ever by Newcastle in the Premier League.
Our worst goal difference ever was in 2008, when we had -20, one worse than we had in our relegation season, and currently it’s -22, so a draw or a defeat or even a one goal win on Sunday could see that be the worst ever for Newcastle.
If we do finish between 10th and 13th place, it will look a lot better than the actual season we’ve had, in which we’ve conceded a massive 67 goals, two goals worse than we conceded in 2008 – and that was the precious worst ever.
It’s been a truly terrible season for Newcastle United – fact.
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