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Pundit Predicts Newcastle Win Against Watford

10:49 pm, Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 63 Comments

Paul Merson, the Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal winger has predicted that Newcastle will beat Watford for their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday.

Paul also predicts that Sunderland will lose at Bournemouth on Saturday too.

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Paul Merson predicts Newcastle win

Newcastle had a (very) off night at West Ham on Monday and hopefully we will see the lads come back with a good committed and skilful performance against newly promoted Watford, who had their first win last weekend – a terrific 1-0 home win over Swansea City.

If Newcastle can put in one of our better performances this Saturday, there´s no real reason we cannot win th game.

Well on second thoughts – there is one – that assumes we can score at least one goal.

This is what Merson has said on Sky Sports about the game:

The shock of last weekend was Watford beating Swansea.

Newcastle have enough about them to get out of the trouble they are in. This is a big match as you have 50,000 Geordies expecting their team to win a football match.

They know they are in transition, with a new manager and new players, but they will still expect to win this football match, and I think they will.

Watford have looked good when they have had a go at teams, even at Man City, and if they have a go at St James’ Park they’ll cause problems, but they’ll just come up short.

Watford have started this season very well – to their credit.

It was no doubt a poor performance on Monday night,  but we hope the fans will turn out and fill St. James’ Park to capacity on Saturday – the Geordie crowd really makes all the difference.

Merson is a very good pundit and usually gets his predictions spot on.

That’s true – isn´t it.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Poll · Prediction · Premier League

63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Dammit Ed! Whats,with the late night blog sprint!

    Well great, Merson predicts a win. All we need is Lawros thumbs up and a nod from Wroighty and we will get bent over royally.

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    New advertising for Carvers Spa:
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  • 4 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    No parrots please…..

  • 5 croftus5678 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    from last post.

    perez needs to start as main striker imo !

    he’s not a main striker but he’s the most effective person we have to play there.

    siem/rolando/wijnaldum/thauvin also need to start as we desp need goals and sissoko is the most effective player we have in midfield so he must start also imo.


  • 6 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    No more parrots, G2, no. I’m still picking up litter after the last one exploded due to fiddling about with it in the glove compartment.

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    You just didn’t listen Tsunki mate. I warned you about letting your parrots play with fireworks in a moving vehicle. Now about that sawed off shotgun…..

  • 8 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Least someone thinks we will win I suppose

  • 9 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    The Gargling ex-Gooner is one of a number of pundits who defy the assumed wisdom of an ex pro being being to analyse the sport well. Loudmouth Wright, miserable griner Lawrenson, the odious Savage, the sleazy degenerate lay-by prowler Collymore, the inane whirring motor Owen, getting a decent opinion is like looking for orchids in a field of weeds.

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Who thinks we’ll win WWBSRD mate? Who dares??? Oh Merson you mean? He just bought Johnny C.’s new pocket guide to managerial excellence in the Prem…You know what that means.

  • 11 MacToon // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Just for the record and for what it’s worth, I have seen proof, 100%, that Jail for Ashley has paid £100 to SBR Foundation.
    I never had any doubt though.

  • 12 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Far too quick at hammering managers and scouts or whatever it is on here..

    Im just thinking, how many managers or scouts are going to be targetted while these policies remain by Ashley?

    Because nout is going to change on the field whilst they remain..

    The job is too difficult to achieve anything, until a manager gets to pick his own players and builds a squad he deems fit for purpose, it’s always going to be difficult.

    50 mil isn’t going to matter much because the policies are still the same, too many gambles. No manager can succeed if you ask me. But, it ain’t the managers or scouts fault, not by a long shot. They don’t set the level of ambition.

    We have spent money, but really, it hasn’t been to fill positions really needed with quality and experience, It’s a bet on future income through re-sales.

    Until the policies change with recruitment, it dosn’t really matter who is coaching the first team. It will never be good enough.

    We wouldn’t have to spend 50 mil if the footballing side had been looked after properly in the first place. It should be building and upgrading year after year slowly, replacing, not fast tracking in 4-5 players at a time into the first team when we are desperate through neglect.

    Im glad they have spent, but im not convinced because the policies remain which will stunt any growth on the playing side. Players will be sold, we will start over, gambles will be took instead of bringing in proven experienced Premier League players because of their age or the want of 80k a week.

    These policies just do not work and it’s Ashley’s doing. He won’t buy unless he makes money. If McClaren fails, another manager will be getting some heat due to Ashley’s policies next season and so on and so on. Pardew and Carver got it, now it seems Carr is being brought to the frontline.

    There is only one man to blame really.

  • 13 toonbrother // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    haha hilarious

  • 14 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Toon – prodigy unfortunately although it’s plain for all to see the SD pr under Ashleys hand is working. it’s working well enough for a core of posters on here to berate others for not seeing the massive progress and turning of the corner that is going to be unleashed upon us any day now. A day now. Just you wait and wait and wait….

  • 15 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Toonbotherer push off you air stealer you are a liar and a fraud. Oh and a stalker.

  • 16 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    What happened when you asked Ed, Toonbotherer? Oh that’s right you funny. That way you can wriggle out of your bet you slimy little snake. Be gone, we tire of you.

  • 17 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    That’s right you didn’t. But you funny all right.

  • 18 MacToon // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    I haven’t spoke with Jail away from this blog for quite a while now and only posted on here tonight because his character was being attacked. Obviously Jail did what he said, that for me was never in question but he’s felt it necessary to provide proof and I will quite happily pass that on if jail permits.

    For me though this wum, troll has got what he’s wanted, he is certainly no toonbrother of mine.

  • 19 jimmysmith // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    I think Newcastle gamble on younger players not specifically for a resale value, but to get the best out of them for the full duration of their contract, and to be able to have the option to either extend, release or sell at good money. I think it has led to some duds that are hard to shift and an imbalance in the squad as a result, so the buys need to be well considered. This squad looks better in that regard, thankfully, but we still have Gouffran, Rivierre, Marv, Obertan, who probably aren’t going to contribute much, but buying established players, has its downside in that you pay top dollar and get stuck with them on their way down. All in all, I prefer our focus on younger players of some experience and greater potential. Widg, Perez, Sissoko, Cabaye, Mbemmba, Janmaat, Tiote, Debuchey, etc, etc, is a long list of fine and valuable talent that the club can or has benefited greatly from one way or another.

  • 20 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:34 AM


    But it ain’t working, it never has over how many years now? How many relegation battles?

    This balance that is needed is non-existent and hasn’t been for a long time now. Im not saying don’t take a gamle on a foreign up and coming, but blooding 4-5 at a time with zero experience in this league is a recipe for disaster. It’s all too hard to succeed.

    These policies don’t work, they are flawed and the coaches, managers and now the scouts are taking the rap for them.

    There should be a balance of players at this club and for me 75% of them should be experiencied Premier League players to compete in this league and all competitions regardless of age and wage.

    This vicious cycle of buy, sell, gamble, sell and gamble and start over needs to be scrapped, it has built nothing but nice numbers. The football has suffered hugely but it’s not the manager or the scouts fault.

    They need to build for once. Something for the future.

    Experience is massive in this league to a mid-table team like us.

    Your Bartons, Nolans, Lescotts, Richards, Lennons.

    A club needs these sort of players in the squad or something simular, NUFC has no where near.

  • 21 terencelim // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:51 AM


  • 22 jimmysmith // Sep 18, 2015 at 4:48 AM

    TP I think the last window saw a markedly different approach to transfers to what we have seen in the past. Previously we seemed to buy cheaper young talent or players who were cheaper because they were at the end of their contract. This time we’ve spent more and on players of greater pedigree, and in a decent number. If that attitude continues, then you’d expect within another window or two a young, talented, deep and balanced group of players that we’ve previously lacked. Widjnaldum, Mitrovic , Thauvin, and Mbemba are a group of players of a quality and potential we haven’t seen brought in before at the one time.

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 18, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    It’s not easy when we in combination with what’s just mentioned by jimmysmith keep putting out fate in the hands of average (ay best) managers!

    …it will always have failure written all over it (unless you let those managers make the decisions and give them final say on transfers)

    How else can they be responsible for what they are doing?

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 18, 2015 at 5:32 AM

    *out = our

  • 25 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    WW, re: Mbemba, I wasn’t trying to suggest he should be given the captaincy, although we do already have one that doesn’t speak English! I was just saying that he seems to be very vocal already which is a good thing.

  • 26 cyprus // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    On JC and AS doing the punditry, Ed, I’m surprised for the vitriol against JC due to his horrendous record. AND you got a chance to present that table of yours with his atrocious record 😉

    Yet, you were very soft on AS (as a manager), who actually did relegate us, with 24 points to play for. There is no denying that BOTH were poor. I’m not sure who would win the ‘I’m worst’ competition, it depends on your criteria.

    And, you have a super soft spot for arguably (see the stats, the 4-0 spankings) worst manager we’ve had. You blame everything else but him, in his case. You may be right, but then you must treat Carves with the same soft glove. JC, after all, did get AP’s team, with little leeway to change things.

    Conclusion: Super-glad we have AS AND JC (and any other NUFC associated) doing the pubditry. People like them and Keegan et al, give us an incredible opportunity to see behind the lines, to get to know the person behind the persona, to get a pro-NUFC report.

    I’m surprised at your venom Ed, for a guy who loves his team, tried and fell short. Enjoy your career move JC, hope you do well man. And you did make some valid, incisive (unlike our team) points v. WH.

  • 27 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    Jib, re Thauvin, so I have a lack of football knowledge and Thauvin was actually great against West Ham? The same Thauvin that couldn’t beat a man when he had the ball and couldn’t get it past the first man when crossing a ball, the same Thauvin who had set piece duty taken off him halfway through the game because they had been so woeful?
    Clearly all Cisse’s fault wasn’t it??

  • 28 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    Cyprus, i’m wondering why McClaren hasnt got an equally neat little table yet?
    As much as I wanted Carver out, I don’t think he would have done any worse than McClaren

  • 29 the truth will out // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    be gone sir

  • 30 cyprus // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    good point re the table 🙂

  • 31 Ron Knee // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    A couple of interesting fixtures coming up: Watford and Sheffield Wed. If McClaren can engineer two wins this could mark a turning point in our season. On the other hand, if we fail to take this opportunity – this is NUFC after all – then I see very dark days ahead.

  • 32 LGFUAD21 // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    While the quality Perez brings is undeniable. I don’t think he should lead the line.

    He’s looked good this season precisely because he wasn’t been leading the line.

    I would play one of the two following formations.

    Same back 5
    Colback – Gini
    Sissoko – Perez – thauvin
    de Jong

    With de Jong and Perez given free roles.

    Alternatively I’d play a 433
    Same back 5
    Sissoko – colback – Gini
    Obertan – De Jong – Perez

    I haven’t seen enough of Aarons for him to warrant a starting place in my team and actually think he is a over hyped a bit (though a very good prospect)

    We aren’t creating enough wth cisse so why not play a man who can hold the ball up, create and score in a false 9 role.

  • 33 LGFUAD21 // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    I don’t know what was up with Thauvin.

    He has all the attributes to do well in this league but I think his attitude and desire is wrong.

    At least in france e tried to beat his man and probably had a 50% success rate, which isn’t too bad when your team is creating nowt.

    He didn’t even look like he was trying. He looked slow when he’s actually one of the fastest dribblers in football.

  • 34 cyprus // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Off subject. Whatever happened to that Enrique of Liverpool? Did he forget his football? He was arguably our best LB ever, as all kinds of wingers would hit a brick wall with him. I know he was injury prone…

    Is he available?

    PS. I usually do not want leavers to come back. But, he was young and ambitious. Forgiven.

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 18, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Ron…we do seem to operate on the edge of a knife at the moment (for a while actually 😉 )

  • 36 cyprus // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    Mitro must be included in all line ups, we paid top dollar for a highly desirable CF. Surely he can play AND kick out 🙂

    I’d like to see something ambitious, like Mitro bullying and scoring up front; Thauvin and Aarons on wings. Perez Widji behind them. Colback Siss providing steel plus runs. With the other regulars (except Obertan) contributing regularly.

  • 37 Reyantoon // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Sutty….good point re Mbemba.Showed real leadership qualities and very sound defensive duties so far.He was my motm in more than one game.However,disagree on Thauvin.I don’t know how poor he was on Monday but u have to say the entire team was poor.He looked lively agt Arsenal with 10 men and also against man utd.
    He contributed 3 and scored one in league cup,
    no matter what the oponnent is.You can’t be perfect in every game and u have to remember that that is only his 3rd game.Atm,even with few games,he showed more promises than Cabella ever did.Just b/c he have not had a good game last time out doesn’t mean he’d be written off!!

  • 38 Ron Knee // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Can Nitro play in the Sheffield Wed match? Excuse my ignorance.

  • 39 cyprus // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    I know that leaves 3 in back, but someone like Colback can slot there when defending. As his tackles, blocks indicate, he is a very good defender as well as ball holder. Given his hard work, the criticism is unjust. He is asked here to do everything, from back to attack, that’s unfair. And, in truth, when allowed to attack, I’ve seen him do pretty well, plus score.

  • 40 hibbit // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    ron /jesper Mc needs a win tomorrow or i think the honeymoon will be over for a lot of fans if we can find a win it would ensure a good crowd for the cup game which we could win and brake this loosing run

  • 41 cyprus // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    no idea. I do like the Nitro label. If he works out eventually. Scary (for us to handle, yes, AND for opponents)

  • 42 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Reyan, my comments re Thauvin were in response to Jib who said his performance against WH was down to Cisse, which it clearly wasnt. He was awful against WH and was deservedly hooked.
    He’s played against Arsenal where we didnt get out of our own half and same against Man U, as you say he was MOTM against NT but cant really rate him against a L2 side!

  • 43 Ron Knee // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    With so much riding on this match I expect a very nervy performance from the team.

  • 44 SUTTY1978 // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Revolutionary idea but why not get the full backs to just defend and then have a more attacking front 6, no colback no anita, no defensive midfield. We then get our best attacking talent on the pitch.

  • 45 Ron Knee // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    I hope he’s eligible, obviously. He needs the game time!

  • 46 cyprus // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Thauvin will obviously need time. These types of players tend to need that. e.g. Beefing up, no time on the ball.

    We paid so much for him too. Surely, for that kind of money they’ve been monitoring way more than us. Can they have made that big a mistake? Guess so, hope not. TBH, there’ve been 30 mil. mistakes in the PL, so it is possible.

  • 47 brklyngeordie // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    I’d go with a 4-3-3 lineup this week and as for our midfield they have to dominate with Watford missing Behrami they should be vulnerable even more so with this player missing so please go for it

  • 48 brklyngeordie // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Sorry for the horrible formation display Attempt hope you all get the gist

  • 49 martoon // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    West Ham was a bad day at the office and yes Thauvin was poor but so were quite a few other players that night. However he has to be given another chance as he clearly has talent and I can’t help but feel he is the type of player much more suited to home games.

  • 50 martoon // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Ron Knee @38 – No he can’t but that will count as his third match so he can play in the next premier league match – I believe.

  • 51 sing in the corner // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    cyprus @39

    I agree wholeheartedly. Jack Colback will be a different player when he is played in a system and alongside players that compliment his style.
    I do think that on this blog someone makes a detailed critical point about him, and to be fair certain other individual players, and the tendency is to see an avalanche of people repeating / joining in. Before you know it sweeping generalisations are made and he becomes the cause of all ills..
    I couldn’t believe what I was reading on here during the West Ham game. Someone said he can’t pass forward, for example. Absolute and utter tosh. He misplaced 2 passes all game, kept and recycled possession, made runs into the box, passed forward long and short all over the place. THAT’S HIS ROLE. Its mainly Thauvin, Sissoko, Wij who are in the team to create. They didn’t. Not having a go at them either. But his job is to get and give them the ball.

  • 52 sing in the corner // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    For me Wij dropping back into the centre is worth a try. Its not his recognised position but Colback does the graft and Wij sprays it about..
    Job done.


  • 53 Ron Knee // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Thanks for the info!

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Hopefully the crowd will be vocal on Saturday and we give Watford a confidence boosting thrashing. Does Mitrovich’s ban include Sheff Wed.

  • 55 Average_Contents // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:21 AM


    Here’s hoping and yes it does. He’s available for the chelski game.

  • 56 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:24 AM

  • 57 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    The last game he misses is the Sheff Wed cup tie

  • 58 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Mitrovic will be back 26th September just in time to get sent off fouling Eden Hazard.

    Ha ha ha

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Ha ha ha ?
    Where’s Lennie ?

  • 60 Ibizatoon // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Good morning blog.

    Despite my waffling ways at times, I do always prefer a nice bit of proof to put an end to an ongoing saga, even if the truth was fairly obvious to most anyway.

    Check this link.

    Right hand side of the page, under ‘Donations’ (funny that), 7th post down…

    “Thanks for everything Bobby

    Donation by Jail for Ashley on 15/09/15


  • 61 Ibizatoon // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Ha, hi Jail. Didn’t see you there.

    Have a good one. Off to work!

  • 62 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    If Cissé and possibly also Tiote are the bad apples that some of the press are portraying (no smoke without fire ), they need to be isolated from the squad soon as possible.

    Riviere’s recuperation needs to be sooner rather than later , Gouffran and Perez can both do a job leading the line.

    It is time for McClaren to stop being Mr Nice Guy holding olive branches out to players who just throw it back in his face.

    There should be no way back for Cissé after Monday night’s disgraceful debacle.

  • 63 bills-son // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    I’ve read Cisse is unhappy …

    He gets 13 goals in 14 games in his first season and starts the following season pushed out wide because Ba threatened to leave if he didn’t play in the middle (he did, and still left).

    Playing wide right affects his game but he still gets 13 goals in 47 league and cup games.

    He bombs in 2013/14 scoring just 2 in 24 league games but is carrying an injury.

    Last season he saves us from relegation with 11 goals in 22 games, many scored off the bench.

    Scores in the opening game of this season and quickly gets dropped for the unproven, but £13M buy, Mitrovic.

    Whilst I would never condone a bad attitude, I don’t think I would be a happy bunny in his position.

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