Newcastle fell to a very late defeat at Goodison Park on Thursday night, a result that has serious implications at the bottom of the table.
Everton started the night only above Watford on goal difference, however, Alex Iwobi’s late strike gave the Toffees breathing space as they now sit three points above the Hornets.
For Newcastle, it was a disappointing end to a game they had, for large parts, controlled and a result that brought them back down to earth following a fantastic start to 2022.
If the Magpies are to survive the drop this season, then they will have to beat the teams around them. But how successful have they been this season in doing just that?
Here, we rank the record of each bottom-half side against each other from worst to best:
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Played: 12, Won: 2, Drawn: 3, Lost: 7, Goals For: 14, Goals Against: 23, Points: 9, PPG: 0.75
Photo: Alex Livesey
Played: 14, Won: 2, Drawn: 6, Lost: 6, Goals For: 16, Goals Against: 21, Points: 12, PPG: 0.86
Photo: Stu Forster
3. Norwich City
Played: 14, Won: 3, Drawn: 4, Lost: 7, Goals For: 14, Goals Against: 21, Points: 13, PPG: 0.93
Photo: Dan Mullan
Played: 14, Won: 4, Drawn: 4, Lost: 6, Goals For: 16, Goals Against: 19, Points: 16, PPG: 1.14
Photo: GEOFF CADDICK