After 13 league games two years ago, Newcastle were on 26 points after going unbeaten in our first 11 games, when we garnered a fantastic 25 points.
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At the same stage this season Newcastle have a decent 23 points from the same 13 games played, after having won the last four, and Newcastle have surged to 6th place in the league table.
Two years ago Newcastle were in 4th place in the league with a goal difference of +7, whereas today our goal difference is only +1.
But in Newcastle’s next three league games at the start of December two years ago, we suffered successive defeats at Chelsea (3-0) and at Norwich City (4-2), so our goal difference dropped to +2 and then we drew 0-0 at home to Swansea.
So after 16 games played two years ago, we had 27 points and a goal difference of +2.
That means if we can get 5 points in the next three games, which are on the road at Swansea and Manchester United, and then a home game against a strong Southampton side, we’ll be ahead of the place we set two years ago in the league.
And as a guide, on January 4th two years ago we beat Manchester United at home 3-0, and at that time after 20 games played we had 33 points and were 7th in the league table with a goal difference of +4.
It will be interesting to see how we are positioned on January 1st, after we have played West Brom at The Hawthorns, which will be our 20th game of the season.
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