Mark Lawrenson was a coach when Kevin Keegan was the manager at Newcastle in the 1990s, when our side were called the Entertainers because of the attacking way we played the game.
He´s ended up at BCC Sport as a pundit and rightly predicted last week that Newcastle would pick up our first win in the league against Norwich at home – a 6-2 win.
Mark Lawrenson – draw
This is what Mark has said about today´s game at Sunderland – which kicks off in three hours time:
“This is the fixture that Sunderland keep winning – they have won the last five – but they keep losing their manager a few months later,” “I think it will be a different outcome this time, though.”
“Newcastle looked good going forward when I watched them beat Norwich 6-2 but that result was far better than their performance – defensively I do not fancy them. “
“I don’t think new Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce will look to open them up too often, though. He will be looking to keep things tight and I think Newcastle will tighten up too – they really have to,”
Sunderland find it difficult to score goals with only eight goals in their first nine games, but they usually can score when they play Newcastle – which they have obviously done in the last five games – all wins.
Today´s result will depend a lot on how our defense plays – if we can tighten it up then we have a chance of a result.
We´d be happy enough with a draw to end the winning streak of Sunderland, but we really need to win today and if we can do that we will move out of the bottom three.
Almost 70% of fans think we will win this game.