2018 W4 D5 L10 Pts 17
2017 W5 D3 L11 Pts 18
Rafa is performing miracles again keeping Newcastle's heads above water, and the sale of the club can't come soon enough for Benitez or the fans. Again, with limited resources and ambitions it can be a tough watch and it looks like being another close call with the drop zone this season.
We are a point worse off than this time last season.
◾Newcastle have won just one of their last seven league games (D3 L3), but won three in a row prior to this recent run.
◾Despite conceding late, Newcastle have only lost one of their last six away games in the top-flight (W2 D3), this after suffering five defeats in the previous seven matches on their travels.
◾Rondon has scored five goals in his last eight Premier League matches, as many strikes as in his previous 30 games in the competition.
Wednesday Newcastle host Manchester United (20:00 GMT).