- Newcastle have lost six of their last eight Premier League games
- The Magpies have lost each of their last four in the league
- The hosts have kept one clean sheet in 13 home league games
- Leeds have won five of their six trips to the bottom six
Problems building for Newcastle
Relegation fears should be growing around St James’ Park, with Newcastle slipping down the Premier League table. The hosts are now without a win in their last eight games, a run which started with a 5-2 loss at Leeds.
After that game at Elland Road the Magpies have lost five of seven Premier League games and they’ve crashed out of both cup competitions. With pressure growing on Steve Bruce, we don’t expect things to get any better in our predictions for this clash.
Opportunity for Leeds
Leeds haven’t had things easy of late. They’ve lost their last three games going into this trip, with results drying up since their 5-0 demolition of West Brom. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have little need to panic, especially given the opportunity in front of them.
This is a Newcastle side who offer next to nothing. The Magpies have lost their last four league games and it’s really not hard to see why. Their attacking troubles are well known, while their 5-4-1 formation isn’t keeping other teams out.
Newcastle have managed just 9.1 shots per game in home Premier League games this season. Since 2003/04, their previous lowest total at St James’ Park was 11.8, in 2017-18. Meanwhile, they’ve kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League home games (W3 D4 L6)
Visitors’ quality to tell
Newcastle are playing like a side in serious trouble, while they’ve fallen down to 16th after their terrible results of late. That’s something which suits Leeds, as they’ve made the most of facing the league’s poorer teams so far this season.
Bielsa’s side have won five of their six matches against the Premier League’s bottom six this term. They come here having averaged 1.89 goals per away trip, scoring in 89% of their games on the road. With Newcastle looking so poor, we are backing Leeds to take the points.
Newcastle have conceded twice in each of their home defeats this term, while Leeds have hit 16 goals in their six clashes with the bottom six. Given those two records, a 2-0 away win is our correct score prediction.
Newcastle injuries and team news
The Magpies are set to go with a back-five once again, but they’ll be missing Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez for the clash.
Leeds injuries and team news
Leeds head into this one without Gaetano Berardi, Adam Forshaw, Robin Koch and Illan Meslier.