Paul Merson predicted a 2-2 draw in last Saturday’s game against Leicester City and it didn´t turn out to be anything that close.
Newcastle were basically taken to the cleaners by Leicester City and we were easily beaten 3-0 and it could have been a lot worse if Leicester had wanted to run up the score.
In five words – Newcastle were pathetic and embarrassing.
Paul Merson – Palace could win by a silly score
Paul Merson has since blasted the Newcastle players for that insipid and abysmal display and he thinks that if Newcastle can be solid from the start on Saturday they could even get a win – just like Sunderland did on Monday night.
But if they don´t turn up and play like they did on Saturday well – it could be a silly score that Crystal Palace win the game by.
This is what Paul Merson said to Sky Sports:
“Newcastle would rather be playing Palace at Selhurst than at St James’, I think they can go and sit 10 behind the ball here.”
“But with everything that is going on at the moment, a bust-up between some of the players and Steve McClaren, I want to see a reaction from the players on Saturday.”
“If he has lost the players, they will get beat here easily. If he has lost them, he’s in a lot of trouble. In this day and age, the players always win.”
“Sunderland went to Palace and did a job, I thought they were quite comfortable.”
“Newcastle could do that but this is one of those predictions where I would like to tell you what the score will be, after seeing the first 10 minutes.”
“If Newcastle dig in from the off, defend as a team, they have a chance. But if they don’t, and play anything like they did against Leicester, this could be a silly score.”
We hope it´s not a silly score and big win for Palace because our next game is against Liverpool at home.
And Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp are starting to overpower teams – as they did at the Etihad Stadium last weekend when they (easily) won 4-1 against the best team money can buy – Manchester City.
And the Manchester City players turned up for that game – they were just overwhelmed by a powerful Liverpool performance.
How Newcastle can hold this new Liverpool side we have no idea.
But first things first – we need to hold Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon – and get something out of the game.