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?