The three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season were QPR (20th), Burnley (19th) and Hull City (18th) and they were followed by Aston Villa (17th), Sunderland (16th) and Newcastle (15th).
Take the bottom three clubs out and half way through the season the teams who finished just above the bottom three are now the bottom three clubs.
Mike Ashley – big money given out last summer
It hasn’t helped yet
So it wouldn’t have taken a genius to predict that Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle would be struggling this season with relegation and that’s what has happened.
But that has come after Newcastle spent a massive £52M on new players in the summer and that still has to pay off for the club, although Gini Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba have been two of our best players this season.
This is the third time in four seasons we are struggling and it’s now going to take a monumental effort for Newcastle to survive this time around – especially after we flirted with relegation last season after being 9 points better off at this stage last season.
We don’t have the points at the moment (17 in 19 games) and we will have to earn them with a side that looks far too inconsistent to pick up too many wins against the lesser clubs.
The alarming thing for Newcastle this season is we seem to turn up against the top sides and play near our best – but we don’t do that against ordinary sides and often lose those games to clubs around us in the league.
That’s a way of minimizing the points we pick up.
Far better give our best displays against sides we can beat – but we are not doing that.
That’s one big concern at the moment and we have shown that in the last three games we’ve played and picked up only a single point against Villa, Everton and West Brom.
Here’s the latest betting from SkyBet on which clubs will be relegated this season.
Aston Villa 1/20
West Brom 15/2