Everyone expected Newcastle to move up the table following their takeover last year, and appointment of Eddie Howe, but not many will have predicted it would happen this soon. After 16 games played, the Magpies are third and looking quite comfortable in the top four, while also being the most inform team in the Premier League.
Over the period of the past six games, no team has won more points than Newcastle, who have a perfect record. That run of six wins includes victories over Tottenham and Chelsea, while they returned from the World Cup break with an impressive 3-0 win over Leicester which could have been more if they wanted it to be.
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Leeds, meanwhile, returned from the World Cup break in defeat that leaves them still dangerously close to the relegation zone. The Whites have won just four times this season, but two of those victories came just before the World Cup with wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth.
Jesse Marsch’s side entered the World Cup break in defeat, beaten 4-3 in a thrilling game against Tottenham, and it was another big team handing Leeds a loss on their return. This time it was Manchester City and Leeds fan Erling Haaland handing them their eighth defeat of the season. Marsch’s men are now just two points clear of 18th-placed Wolves, though do have a game in hand over all the teams below them.
Newcastle vs Leeds match stats
Miguel Almiron is the man in form for Newcastle and has scored nine goals in his last 14 Premier League matches. He’ll be looking to become just the second Paraguayan to score at least 10 goals in a single Premier League campaign after Roque Santa Cruz in 2007/08, while four of his strikes so far have come at St James’ Park.
A long time ago Leeds used to be known as Dirty Leeds, and its a nickname they could reclaim this season, with more fouls committed than any other team in the Premier League. Tyler Adams is particularly susceptible to a foul, averaging 1.93 per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season.
22 January 2022 – Leeds 0-1 Newcastle – Premier League
17 September 2021 – Newcastle 1-1 Leeds – Premier League
26 January 2021 – Newcastle 1-2 Leeds – Premier League
16 December 2020 – Leeds 5-2 Newcastle – Premier League
14 April 2017 – Newcastle 1-1 Leeds – Championship
Newcastle went unbeaten against Leeds last season, recovering from the two league defeats they suffered in the 2020/21 season – which was very much the exception to the norm. The Magpies usually enjoy playing Leeds, and have lost just two of their nine home games in this fixture since 2000.