Winning ugly at home the way to secure survival for Newcastle
The number of games Newcastle win at home this season is going to be crucial to their homes of staying in the Premier League, but they may need to become better aty pinching the three points by the odd goal.
Newcastle currently lie in the dizzy heights of seventh in the Premier League standings after their 5-1 romp over Tyne-Wear rivals Sunderland, but they are still only five points clear of the drop zone.
Picking up decent points at home is key for many clubs with fears of relegation and Newcastle are yet to find the necessary ingredient of winning ugly.
Chris Hughton has watched his side take maximum points in just two of their five top-flight games at St James’ Park this season and on both occasions it has been when they have been on top of their games and trounced the opposition.
Turning draws into victories or winning by the odd when not performing well could be the difference between relegation and survival but is something Newcastle have not got into the habit of doing.
Even going back to their form in the Championship last season, Newcastle got used to thumping teams at home, as they won six of their last nine games at St James’ Park by three goals or more.
It seems that as soon as the opposition keep things tight for a half or take the lead, Newcastle struggle to assert themselves and take control of the game.
Newcastle are 6/1 to be relegated back to the Championship this season, but they have some winnable home games coming up.
After a daunting trip to Arsenal, Blackburn and Fulham come to St James’ Park and six points would substantially boost their chances of avoiding relegation.
Relegation rivals Blackpool and Stoke have already emerged victories in away games with Newcastle this season. See the full Premier League relegation betting odds market.