Newcastle Predicted To Lose Against Spurs – Good!


Football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will beat Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.

Mark Lawrenson – BBC pundit

And with Mark’s record of forecasting results, that has to be good news for Newcastle fans.

This is what told BBC Sport Online:

“Newcastle are still unbeaten this season, although they have had the rub of the green a couple of times against QPR and, more recently, Wolves.”

“I am just wondering whether this might be the game where their luck runs out and I quite fancy Tottenham here, especially because Spurs will be buoyed by beating Arsenal in their last outing.”

“Let’s not be too hard on Newcastle, though, because their central defensive pairing of Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor does look very strong, and Yohan Cabaye has impressed me in midfield. Tim Krul is clearly going to be a top-class goalkeeper too.”

“But I see this as being the game which might make Newcastle boss Alan Pardew re-evaluate their season after an excellent start. They are not a top four side and, if they finish in the top half of the table with the squad they have got, then they have had an outstanding season.”

“For me, Harry Redknapp’s side still look the most likely to get fourth place, and I would expect them to underline that by winning at St James’ Park

To be fair to Mark, and all joking aside, the former Liverpool defender makes some good points in those comments.

Newcastle have had the rub of the green in some of their games, and they cannot make any mistakes against a top side like Spurs on Sunday, because they will be severely punished.

We don’t think Newcastle are a top four side either, but Newcastle could finish in the top eight, or even in the top six this season, and that  would be a great success for the club, because we’ll most likely also be in the Europa Cup next season.

Returning to Europe is the next step in Newcastle’s rise from the English second division.

The one thing Newcastle cannot do this season is get carried away with their own success, but Alan Pardew and his top coaches on Tyneside are drumming that into the players continuously.

If we lose on Sunday, it will not be the for the want of trying, and with a sell-out at St. James’ Park,  Newcastle must surely stand a very decent chance of winning the game, or at least of keeping their unbeaten record.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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44 comments so far

  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Oct 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    We have a great chance I would say

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  • DarloGeordie

    Oct 14, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    i hope we prove the prediction wrong and wipe that smug grin of Lorro’s face!!!!

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  • Ruvio

    Oct 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s predicted us to win 4 times since we got promoted. The mans an idiot.
    Only predicted us a win once this season, every game has been the one that will see us slip up.

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    NEW 2-1 TOT Ft

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  • DoddsyNufc

    Oct 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    I love it when people write off the toon army, we were wrote off to do a “Leeds” when relegated, we were wrote off to go straight back down after promotion, we were wrote off to be relegation candidates this season EAT YOU F*****G WORDS!!! We have a great chance of winning on sunday, our team are playing fantastic i cant see us losing this game. im even sticking my neck on the line and going with a 3-1 victory.

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Lawrenson can suck a big 1! Point is a class result, could get 3 😉

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  • munch27

    Oct 14, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Bitter much Lawro ? This clown has never had agood word about the Toon since we sacked him as our defensive coach back in 95-96 when our defense was the worst it’s ever been. Keep writing us off it’s what we thrive on tight 2-1 home win for me Ba and a cabaye scorcher.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Alway wanted to punch Lawrenson right in his smug face – also hate him on MOTD probably only thing worse than his smug face is his annoying voice!

    we can get the 3 points – lets not shut the hell up @ SJP on Sunday make sure our lads are fired up.

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  • mattnufc

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Spurs are favourites to win, some need to lighten up.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Matt, everyone we play are favorites to win against us according to Lawrenson

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  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Spurs could be without Vander Fart, Defoe, adebyor, korluka, and kranjar so thats in our favor. Plus Lawro said we’d lose….so the omens are good.

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  • BigKirky

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    And his hair ‘style’ can anyone explain what it is? It sort of goes back but flops at the front.

    Hope we win. It’s great that Pardew wants to win every game and look to go out and attack, whoever we’re playing. ‘Having a go’ is a positive approach to football and if you can stay organised and possess invention, you’re on the right road.

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  • nden85

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    @ Ruvio : is that true? that can’t seriously be true? no sane person could predict us to win only 4 games from 45 no matter how much he hates us.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    I predict Mark Lawrenson will die soon.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Ask anyone who isnt a NUFC fan who is going to win on Sunday. Lots of hate for Lawro though and, tbf to him, I cant really disagree with what he has said

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  • jakesome

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    the stage is set for best to shine. he trives on proving prople wrong
    krul
    simmo saylor collo santa
    cabaye tiote
    hba (cut inside) jonas(marv after 60)
    ba best
    sammy for ba 65 mins depending on score/performance.
    if we can get an early goal or two gosling to come on for striker and sit between wingers and midfield to clear the threat of pacey wingers
    just a thought

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Love to see us prove doubster wrong again and again. Hopefully we will kick his face this time too.

    That’s reason I know, you don’t need any knowledge to be pundit.

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Geordies everywhere are starting to wake up to just how good we actually are, when we beat Spurs we’ll open up a gap between 4th and 5th then everyone will take notice!

    Vspurs
    4-1-3-1-1

    Krul.
    RTaylor, STaylor, Coloccini, Santon.
    Tiote.
    Guttierez, Cabaye, Marveaux.
    Ben Arfa.
    Best.

    Subs- Harper, Simpson, Ferguson, Gosling, Obertan, SAMeobi, Ba.

    R Taylor on the pitch in his best position gives us his crosses and freekicks as a weapon wii Simpson covering fullback and centreback from the bench. Wii Guttierez also swapping wings so they stay settled together and can cross wii his natural foot.

    Santon and Marveaux should get the chance to form a deadly new left side.

    Wii this team we should have plenty of possession and enough creativity and goals to hammer most teams wether at home or away!

    HAWAY THE LADS

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Zangwill_Ho@

    Lol Mate

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  • TS -77

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle – Tottenham 2-0

    Cabaye, Ba

    And the team to make this happen:

    Krul

    Simpson – S Taylor – Colocinni – R Taylor

    Ben Arfa – Tiote – Cabaye – Gutierrez

    Best – Ba

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #21

    3-0

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  • TheSeed

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #22

    We all agree that we are not top 4 but will certainly finish top 8. Problem with ML is his love affair with Harry Rednap – Spurs can do no wrong with him and other pundits. Take out Bale and they look a fairly ordinary side.
    By the way good luck on the therapy Ed.

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  • jakesome

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    ts mate thats my team with raylor instead of santon

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  • Steve_48

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Mark Lawrenson – BBC pundit – bell end

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  • jakesome

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    agreed steve

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  • jakesome

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #26

    on another subject…..wow i would love luuk de jong as our number 9, watch in 5 years time real and barca will be snooping round him

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  • toon-hendy

    Oct 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Does anyone know where the best place to sit at St James’s is now? Because theyve took the singing level 7 down and people are getting wrong for standing in the leazes.. where’s all the crack gone? Where is the loudest and best atmosphere at the St James’s now????? Getting a season ticket soon and don’t wnna be with the boring lot. someone let me knowww?? cheers lads

    HTL (2-1 Toon on sunday!)

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  • rickskin

    Oct 14, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #28

    I think just about every pundit around would have Spurs down as favourites, but that means nothing. If Spurs have the players missing who are doubts, we have a good chance of at least not losing the game.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Magnificent piece of read this lads. Talks about lot of the things we really dont hear about, have a look:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thefootballtacticsblog/2011/10/newcastle_profit_from_pardews.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Luuk De Jong isnt the type of player Madrid and Barcelona would go for, biggest club is spain who would probz be going for him would be Valencia/Villareal and Sevilla and then the likes of the italian teams

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  • Ruvio

    Oct 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #31

    @nden86 No word of a lie. Since I noticed he hadn’t predicted us a win at the beginning of last season I’ve kept track.

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  • Caisleann Nua

    Oct 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #32

    What do you think of this team, purely for gung ho pace and skill.

    Krul
    Santon Saylor Collocini Ferguson

    Tiote
    Cabaye Marveaux
    Obertan Ben Afra
    Best

    I think that team is worth a blast against Wigan it would tear the a new a**hole. Imagine a right back facing either ferguson marveaux or ben arfa or equally a left back facing santon cabaye or obertan/jonas. Who to you go to after you finishing pooping your shorts at the sight of them running at you.

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  • jakesome

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #33

    at the moment hes nowhere near barca and real but in 5 Years time i could see him playing a ibra type role with one of them

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  • jakesome

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #34

    @29 good find, a rare occasion you get an article like that other than on this blog

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  • Billy1985

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #35

    i dont like this bloke at all. for being classed as a hero at liverpool in defence he is shit at being a defensive coach as he proved with us when he was here. most people that have left us speak highly of us but he knows nothing at all

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  • liam85

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Mark Lawrenson is a chuckle brother reject. he don’t know sh**.
    I don’t like his comments on MOTD never really liked him.

    I love moments where we prove people wrong and we’ve been doing that well since our comeback to PL.
    Why should it stop here? I’d be happy with a draw but a win would be amazing!!
    I really hope Ben Afra comes on for a good while and if he scores would be amazing!

    I’m still waiting for Cabaye’s first Newcastle goal.. He was so unlucky with that beautiful long range curled shot against Aston Villa!

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  • solano

    Oct 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Agree with WWJBD and therefore, defacto, with “Sheep’s Heed Lawro” – hope we don’t come unstuck but a bit of humility and realism maybe is not a bad thing?
    Though I have it down for a score draw on the coupon. HWTL

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #38

    i f ing hate lawrence,he s the most annoying man in football i would rather listen to john barnes i cant wait to have his words shuvved down his tHROAT, we will remain unbeaten i can promise you that but if we could just nick it ,cabaye will score in this game hes due his goal hell find he has more time on the ball in this game ,quite frankly with the sopposed lineup of the spuds we should dominate this one f lawrence and the neggers

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  • Bao Zheng

    Oct 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #39

    I can’t take someone who is bright orange seriously.

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 14, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #40

    TOONS FANS ARE THE BEST!

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