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Pundit Not Convinced About Newcastle’s Survival

12:27 pm, Friday, May 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Paul Merson isn’t exactly a friend of Newcastle United and he has spent far too much time criticizing the Geordie fans this season.

Aston Villa have lost their last 11 games in a row and Newcastle have lost nine of their last 10 away games, drawing 2-2 in the last away game at Liverpool, after being two goals down.

Our last away win was at Spurs on December 13th when we won 2-1 with a stoppage time goal from Ayoze Perez.

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Paul Merson – predicts a 1-1 draw

So this game may be hard to call, but Paul doesn’t think Newcastle will win this game.

Here’s what he has written for Sky Sports about this game:

“I think there’s more of a twist than people think in this. Newcastle are odds of 1/2 here. They’ve taken one point away from home in 2016, how can you justify being 1/2?”

“I know Villa haven’t been great, but you can’t be backing a team at 1/2 away from home with a record like that.”

“I’m going 1-1 here, because Newcastle will have to come out and have a go, and Villa will cause a few problems.”

“Newcastle went down at Villa in 2009 and will be out for revenge, but the Villa fans won’t want to lie down either.”

“I just think people see this as nailed on, but I don’t.”

Prediction: 1-1

In the SkyBet betting Newcastle are 8/13 odds on to win this game.

It’s generally thought that we must win this game to survive and if we don’t it will be a huge opportunity lost to get a vital 3 points.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // May 6, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Haha aww bless him, Id assume the odds are more to do with Villas record than ours

  • 2 Tsunki // May 6, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    I’ve gone with hicuppy chops for a draw. I think it will be disappointing. Sorry

  • 3 Graeme // May 6, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    I agree – it’s certainly not “Nailed on” it will have to be fought for, but I think we will pull it off. Would be happy with a 2-0 win in a dominating performance, just to ease the nerves.
    A scrappy game resulting in a 1-0 win with the flukiest goal of the season will do though!!

  • 4 Munster Mag // May 6, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    I think its too easy to go overboard on HBA. Beautiful dribbler, of course he would do well at Barca on a good day, but he would seriously have to up his workrate to get on a team who press so hard and look to get the ball back within 6 seconds of losing it. He seems to have fallen out with every manager and once ran less than a goalkeeper did for Hull, hardly the attitude of a true professional. As for Messi being formulaic, wtf is that all about ? Some consider him the greatest talent ever for goodness sake. We are lucky to witness Messi in our lives -he will be past his prime for the very young kids of today to witness his extraordinary talents, work rate, the lot.

  • 5 cyprus // May 6, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    We had HBA on our hands and simply released him. Bordering on criminal, AP. You mxxxxn.

    On the game, fear that a draw is the most likely result. Come on lady luck, we need help. A deflection, a pen, anything.

  • 6 Munster Mag // May 6, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    This game is worrying me too. We should remember that it took a penalty save for us to get 3 points from Palace who were in poor form. Oh rafa, why didnt you just go for it more when we had the Makems at home. Its was the makems, not Madrid !!

  • 7 hibbitt // May 6, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    we can do it

    keep the faith

  • 8 WWSBRD // May 6, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Not sure why we would need luck to beat Villa, I mean howay its Aston Villa

  • 9 JAMSHA // May 6, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    an when we win hope this paul gets a poo thrown on his face

  • 10 manxpie // May 6, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Arfa has messed up his own career no one else has
    I’ll say again why only nice in for him if he was such a great talent with no baggage
    townsend is doing more than arfa did and has got more hard work in his receding hairline than arfa could ever dream of
    people only remembering the good bits

  • 11 jimmysmith // May 6, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Rafa coming was dependent on being offered the right money. We’ll walk the Championship if backed. If Benitez isn’t our manager next season, it’s because he wasn’t offered the right dosh. Not that he needs it, but neither does the owner. Newcastle could win the Champions League in 5 seasons if backed right Mister Ashley. How much would that be worth to f@cken SD, who no one quite rightly actually gives a sh@t about, apart from you, and the shareholders.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // May 6, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Munster,
    Nowt to do with 5-1 Palace or 6-1 M City a few 3-0 and getting turned over by Bournemouth and Watford at home?

  • 13 scout // May 6, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    No wonder Merson had gambling problems. He says Newcastle are 1/2 and as Ed has pointed out 8/13 is available.
    Well done Merse, you dug out the value there son haha what a mug.

  • 14 scout // May 6, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    I do agree we shouldn’t be odds on though. Chelsea are 11/8 to beat Sunderland. Now that price has flashing lights, bells and glitter all over it. That is value.

  • 15 goommy // May 6, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Actually, I think this will be a very difficult game too. But still believe we could do it under Rafa. HWTL!!

  • 16 emperor // May 6, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Who remembers when we played already relegated qpr




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