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Top Pundit Disagrees With Newcastle Fans

9:41 am, Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

In our poll for the game tomorrow against Leicester City most fans think we will win the game with the next most likely result being a defeat.

A draw is at the bottom of the list with only one in four fans thinking that´s how the game will end up tomorrow.

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Paul Merson – expects a draw tomorrow at St. James’ Park

Here are the results of our poll at the moment.

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Alan Shearer has said today that if we cannot win tomorrow then the lucky 3 points we got at Bournemouth last time out will mean nothing – so Alan thinks we can get a win tomorrow.

So obviously Alan is one fan who voted for a win in our poll.



Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson doesn´t agree – although he does think it could be a cracking game at St. James´ Park tomorrow:

“Leicester are the best team you’ll ever see when they’re 2-0 down, but before 2-0 down they’re not as impressive.”

“Newcastle have to come out and have a go, and the fans will expect action, and that plays into Leicester’s hands.”

“Newcastle were extremely fortunate against Bournemouth, it could have so easily been a really bad result on the south coast.”

“I think there will be goals here, and an entertaining game.”

Paul Merson´s prediction is a 2-2 draw.

We suppose we´d be happy enough with a point, but we really need to put a string of wins together if we are to be above the relegation zone by the end of the year.

And that has to be a major objective if we are to attract good players in the January transfer window.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Pundit

60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbitt // Nov 20, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    ED…..when did paul merson become a top pundit ????

  • 2 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    The Foxes fans are on a hell of a high at the moment , they will make some noise tomorrow.

    I hope the home fans are on their mettle and match the away support.

    With the emotion of thepre-match tribute and what’s at stake for both sides and individual players , it’s shapimg up to be one helluva a game.

    I can’t wait !!!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    I know sometimes the conversation veers off from being football related but can we try and keep our conspiracy theories and opinions on world disorder for a different kind of forum please.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Being included on Skys job for the boys must qualify as being a top pundi

  • 5 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Jail…I was going to make a similar comment yesterday. Times are hard, everyone has their views on it.

    I decided not to, as Ed’s articles have introduced the topic to the blog, on the back of the planned tributes.

    I suppose as far as this blog is concerned, it’s simply a case of showing respect, along with the rest of the league. If people feel others aren’t being represented, which they aren’t, surely that’s a matter to take up with the FA directly, rather than on this blog – where we struggle to agree on things NUFC, let alone world affairs.

    Anyway, on thread…

    Ed…I think generally, most NUFC fans disagree with Merson, so no biggy there. Mind, in this instance, I don’t think he’s too far off the mark. Should be a good game.

  • 6 AncientC // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    The Geopolitical conversations would be interesting if most of these folks knew what they were talking about. lol

  • 7 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    I think any neutral looking at tomorrow’s game would have it as a draw .

  • 8 Bobbybee // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Jib, we need the restoration of a singing section if we ever want SJP to become a fortress again. Too many people who want to make a noise are scattered about amongst those who just want to watch. 3k fans together make a lot of noise. When the level 7 singing section was there, the away fans were drowned out. I can see why he shut it down, but it’s self defeating and with all this change, maybe now is the time to ask for it back. I’d put money on Macca backing it, because he’s said already he wants SJP to become the fortress it once was. The 4-4 draw was down to the noise as much as the players – Arsenal were desperate to get rid of the ball and kept making mistakes. The FF should bring it up every meeting and push for it. It’s what we were famous for and it needs to return. Anybody any good idea how to go about it?

  • 9 AncientC // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Leicester are sitting on a, won three, drawn three, record away from home.

  • 10 Average_Contents // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Yeah, here’s one.

    The fat slug runs the club correctly then no fcuker would sing songs about his obesity 🙂

  • 11 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Bobby if a few people gave the lack of a singing section as one of the reasons for cancelling season tickets , that may give them pause for thought.

  • 12 Bobbybee // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Whichever way it goes, it’s going to be a tough game, with or without Vardy. He’d be crazy to play with a bad injury, but if he does it serves him right if he seriously injures himself. No doubt our players will be targetting that hip if he decides to play and he can’t seriously expect anything else. We haven’t lost at home to Leicester for quite a while if my memory serves me right, so a draw wouldn’t be the biggest surprise. That said, we need the points from home games and really can’t afford to settle for a draw. Either way, .i envisage a cracking game and can’t wait for it.

  • 13 AncientC // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Fabricio Coloccini:

    “We have strong characters in this team, that is not something I’m worried about.

    “Sometimes, you might not be able to see that from outside the pitch and maybe sometimes some of the players are not as loud as they should be, but we have leaders.

    Sure, sure… maybe you cannot see the leaders from every camera angle and assigned seat, but they are there; said the captain.

  • 14 Sav // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Lawro says we’ll win 2-1, so I’m worried.

  • 15 AncientC // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Lawro’s predictions are normally not bad. He makes a better augur than defensive coach.

  • 16 Bobbybee // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Nobody can sing anything about his obesity until we get the singing section back. With this new era of communication and the club wanting to get the fans back onside, this would be the ideal time to bring the matter up. It’s what’s best for the players after all. So, has anybody got any sensible ideas how to go about it? 🙂

  • 17 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Jib…It seems a fair prediction really, especially considering Leicesters knack of pulling back losing positions to draws etc.

    Hopeful for a win, of course.

    BTW, thanks for the info on Firefox yesterday. Gave it a go, didn’t work for me. Also found shockwave under “plugins” the symbol that looks like a piece of lego, rather than the jigsaw piece. I’ll just have to stick with Chrome for now.

  • 18 geordieviking // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Isnt the phrase “top pundit” a contradiction in terms? Or does it simply mean someone who spouts gibberish in correct English?

  • 19 Bobbybee // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Sheeeeet, forgot the one dayer was on against Pakistan. A better batting performance and bat them out of the game, as we’ve won the toss. Come on England.

  • 20 sparky55 // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Repeated from a thread that lasted 2 seconds before Ed moved on but is still relevant…

    …We have no speed at the back which is a problem. Lots of goals Vardy has scored are one-on-ones because he’s been able to run onto straight pass between the centre halves. Leicester are good at pulling the centre halves apart and Vardy runs in behind the newly made gap.

    This is not a game for Colo. Mbemba can match Vardy for pace but Colo has no chance.

    If Colo plays then we need to play on the edge of our penalty box instead of playing a high line. If we push on we’ll be dead in the water.

    SM will obviously play Colo (even though it’s suicide to do so) so let’s see what his tactics are. If I see the coaches pressing for a high line this weekend I’ll be spitting’ feathers.

  • 21 Toon Tang // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Sparky, next thread will be here now you’ve just posted that.

  • 22 sparky55 // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    @21 🙂 🙂

    you gotta be quick in the morning but me fat fingers put me at a significant disadvantage!…plus the fact me brain never really gets into gear until about now! 🙂

  • 23 mindshaft // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Well there should be goals given both defences are poor – can’t imagine Vardy not playing as he’s almost guaranteed a goal against our defence, he can then break Van Nistelroys record at Old Trafford next week

    I’m thinking a draw might be in order although as ever I’m hoping for a win

  • 24 Reyantoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Ancient- we all know that Colo lacks leadership characters but u cannot underestimate his performances this season.What he’s trying to say in your posted statement is that players like Colback,SDJ,Wijnaldum etc have strong leadership characters but those characters means nothing if it is not followed by results.I don’t see anything wrong on his sayings..

  • 25 Toon Tang // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Sparky hahaaa same here mate. I’m usually reet around dinnertime ish.

    True, what you said though, awld man colo will need a big helping hand in the back pedaling department when the swift breaks and counter attacks take place eh. Lets see how Stevie Mac sets it up.

  • 26 lesh // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:35 AM


    Here’s a film you might be interested in and it’s available to watch via the BBC I Player.

    Lots of food for thought

  • 27 sparky55 // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Toon Tang

    aye…all we can do is hope is SM has a set-up solution up his sleeve…but it’s difficult to see what than be.

    Our full backs are slow as well…it’s a worry!

    I’d got for sitting 5 yards in front of our penalty box with a bank of 4 and a bank of 5 in midfield (fifth man being Perez) and hitting them on the break otherwise we’ll be picked off.

  • 28 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Toon Tang
    “colo will need a big helping hand in the back pedaling department when the swift breaks and counter attacks take place eh.”

    So you didn’t see the Bournemouth game ?

    Fabio was the only one other than Elliot that didn’t need a hand !!!

  • 29 Toon Tang // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Sparky, aye we saw what Bournemouth did to our sluggish rearguard, everything but score eh. They have pace on the counter as well and have just been unlucky not sticking their chances away all season long it seems.

    Id also hold off pushing too high a line because like you say Vardy and Mahrez thrive off the space in behind. Maybe just lock them 2 in the bogs before the game. Who knows hahaaa 🙂

  • 30 Toon Tang // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    jib, yes he played well against Bournemouth fair play but thats one game out of how many this season that hes massively under performed. No pace to his game which means having to read the game well which he hasnt done much of either.

    We’ll see which one shows up tomorrow eh. We definitely wont want to play a high line though, i think we can all agree on that one.

  • 31 sparky55 // Nov 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Toon Tang

    Difference with Bournemouth is we had no option but to be camped on our 18 yard line because we were constantly under the cosh…but at home tomorrow we to a certain degree will have some sort of control as to where we set our line…and that might be our downfall.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Nov 20, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Toon Tang,
    Don’t bother pal, Jibberish doesn’t do two way conversation, just quick digs at something you’ve said then back to the fridge for another glass of Diamond White !

  • 33 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Toon Tang
    I agree it’s very much which team turns up on the day , to be fair it’s only really been Watford that we didn’t show up at home and that was a simple case of under-estimating the oppo by the coaching staff which they won’t do again (I hope)

  • 34 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Sky sports 5 Ginola , Howey , Beresford talking with Jeff Stelling about the Keegan years !!!

  • 35 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    By gum Dalglish is getting a slagging !!!

  • 36 Graeme // Nov 20, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Howey obviously enjoyed himself lol

  • 37 sing in the corner // Nov 20, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Everyone is understandably wondering about the threat of Vardy, wether or not he’ll play. But I’m equally concerned about Mahrez. He’s a very decent player and ideally suited to tear up Colo and our other slowish mid – back line.

  • 38 AncientC // Nov 20, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Good ol’ Dalglish. Get rid of Ginola and Les Ferdinand, bring in Barnes and Ian Rush.

  • 39 John Tudor // Nov 20, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    try TOR Ibiza

  • 40 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    I know it’s clutching at straws but the Foxes had 14 players on International duty last week and early this week.

    Striker Kramaric’s Croatia were in action on Tuesday when they faced Russia in a friendly in Krasnodar.

    Away from Europe, City winger Riyad Mahrez has been in action for Algeria when they take on Tanzania in a two-legged qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.

    Jeff Schlupp hass also been in World Cup action as Ghana took on Comoros, ranked 193 in the Fifa rankings, over two legs.

    Wes Morgan helped Jamaica on the road to Russia 2018 when the Reggae Boyz took on Panama on Friday and Haiti on Tuesday.

    Shinji Okazaki, Japan’s record goalscorer, took on Singapore on Thursday before travelling to Cambodia on Tuesday in their World Cup qualifiers.

    Harry Panayiotou, the only City player ever to score an international hat-trick, earned another call-up for St Kitts & Nevis for their fixtures against Andorra and Estonia.

  • 41 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    JT…Thanks. Have never heard of it – checking it out now.

  • 42 John Tudor // Nov 20, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    fitter players on form do that in their stride
    defeat on the cards

  • 43 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Testing one two, testing one two.

  • 44 John Tudor // Nov 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    buckle my shoe three four kick in the door

  • 45 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    JT… That’s the one 🙂

    Worked a treat, thanks again.

  • 46 John Tudor // Nov 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    no bother ibiza

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 20, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Ibiza…what seems to be the problem mate?

  • 48 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Jesper…How long have you got? 🙂

    I’ve been having issues with using the blog on Firefox. No biggy – using another browser.

  • 49 will die for the toon army // Nov 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    I dont know why Mcca cant bench Anita for Thauvin. SISSOKO can play CM.

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 20, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Ibiza…for you 😀 not long lol!

    …well I never use firefox! Try Opera or Vivaldi

    What’s this about TOR?

  • 51 Bobbybee // Nov 20, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Lesh, cheers, i’ll check that out later. I’ve spent years researching this issue and the deeper you go down the rabbit hole, the crazier it gets.
    Wow, if you get chance to watch the cricket highlights, it’s well worth the effort. Buttler just broke his own record, scoring a century in something like 46 balls, as we knocked up 355 in 50 overs. That shattered the record for runs in the UAE and the record for any team against Pakistan, anywhere. Roy also scored his maiden century, which is a shame because he’s been put in the shade by Buttler’s innings. What an innings. It should now be just a matter of how many we win by. Even England can’t blow this from here. 😉

  • 52 will die for the toon army // Nov 20, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    I dont think Mcca is going to change the team. But i think Thauvin is a good shout. There was an improvement in him at Bournemouth.

  • 53 lesh // Nov 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Aye Bobbybee, it’s like a nest of vipers.

    You’d have thought that ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ should be/ have been compulsory reading before even considering sallies into the Middle East!

    Seemingly not – Lawrence must be turning in his grave!

  • 54 Reyantoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    And we’ve assigned with one of the worst referee in premiere league Mike Jones!
    Don’t remember the last time we won when Jones was in charge. 🙁

  • 55 Bobbybee // Nov 20, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Lesh, “Architects and Engineers for truth” is an excellent documentary on you tube. Well worth a watch mate. Won’t go into details on here, just let you make your own mind up.
    I’m going to get to the game tomorrow in my chair, so it better be worth it 🙂 That’ll be another four days laid up, but wtf. I’m acting on doctors orders as he says it’s good for my overall health to keep trying to do as much as possible, especially things that bring me pleasure. Not sure there like, it depends on the result! 😉 As long as we give a good performance I’ll enjoy it. Good to have a craic with the lads i sit with anyway. Always good for a laugh.

  • 56 Our Toon // Nov 20, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    The biggest concern tomorrow isn’t vardy against Colo it’s vardy exploiting the massive space Janmaat will leave in behind as he runs the channels. Janmaat needs to be smart tomorrow!!

    Bobbybee – some sensible comments from earlier posts regarding Blair etc. The drums of another war are being beaten now.

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 20, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Our Toon…Janmaat going forward is not really a problem!

    How many forwards does Leicester have?

  • 58 Bobbybee // Nov 20, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Reyantoon, that’s just put a dampner on it. The bloke’s a clown and definitely not fit for the PL. We get robbed of the two best refs in Oliver and Clattenburg, but that numpty is allowed to ref City and United games, despite being born and raised in Manchester. He may have moved to Cheshire now, i think, but that doesn’t change a thing. That’s the idiot who chalked off Tiotes goal v City innit? And denied us a blatant pen and red card v United in the spitting game? He’s one who is definitely not fit to referee. Might as well get a bet on Mitrovic getting red carded as that’ll be all we’ll win with that clown in charge.

  • 59 loonie-toon // Nov 20, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Surprise surprise Merson voting against us

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