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Manager Surprised At The Comparison With Last Season


After 31 games played, the Newcastle United stats this season are exactly the same as last season.

What were the odds that would happen?

And in his press conference yesterday when Rafa was told about it, he said he was surprised.

He thought with the addition of Almiron and Rondon Newcastle were a bigger threat up front than last season.

Rafa Benitez – speaking to the press

Here are the stats after 31 games played.

Premier League SeasonPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPointsPosition
2017-201838128183947-84410
2018-201938129174248-64513

This is what Rafa said in his press conference yesterday about the stats:

“I was surprised,”“I think it’s special. I can take that as a positive.”

“If we do well, we can finish 10th, because we’re doing more or less the same. “When we were safe (last season), we lost four games and won the last one against Chelsea.”

“The stats are interesting, similar to last year, but the team is doing better things, have more in attack and the players know each other more.”

“Maybe Almiron is giving us something in attack, helping Rondon and Ayoze.”

It could be positive because in our last seven games last season we won three and lost four.

So if we can get better than 9 points from our last seven games, we will beat the 44 points we got last season.

But it may be difficult getting something at the Emirates on Monday night.

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2 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Seventh place is still mathematically possible
    Burnley qualified for Europe in 7th place last year

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  • mainemagpie

    Mar 30, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #2

    This stat for 2017/18 season that keeps popping up is misleading. After round 31 had been completed last season we were on 32 points. It was not until we beat Huddersfield 1-0 in game 32 that we we got to 35 points. So the last 7 games of the season (from round 31) we won 4 and lost 3.

    Won against Huddersfield, Leicester, Arsenal, Chelsea.
    Lost against Everton, West Brom, Watford.

    in 2017/18 game 31 was in reality the postponed game against Tottenham which was not played until May 9, we lost 1-0. So if you slot the Spurs game into it’s proper place at game 31 we are actually 3 points better off than we were this time last season with 7 games left to play.

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