Paul Merson Predicts Newcastle’s Surprising Result At Southampton

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is very much like David Prutton last season – he very rarely picks Newcastle to win a game.

In fact, we’d be way down the league table if Paul’s predictions had actually come true this season – but few have.

And he’s on form again this week and says Newcastle will lose 2-0 at St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.

Paul Merson – doesn’t rate Newcastle even with Benitez in charge

This is what he has said on Sky Sports about our game on Sunday:

“Southampton are a funny team who don’t score enough goals.”

“I know people will be surprised that I’d say they will win this 2-0, but I just think sooner or later something has to happen.”

“And they need to start entertaining, otherwise Mauricio Pellegrino is going to be in trouble.”

“They sacked the last manager because he was not entertaining enough and the new manager is no different so far.”

“Newcastle had a good result against Liverpool but (there’s always a but) I also look at their last away game when they lost at Brighton.”

“Prediction Southampton 2 Newcastle 0.”

About half our fans think we can win this game at St. Mary’s, and it will be a good test for us.

Yes – it will be a surprise if we lose 2-0.

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35 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 13, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Nice one ‘Merse’
    That prediction actually makes me feel a lot more positive about our chances.

  • EllaGuru

    Oct 13, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Whenever either Lawrenson or Merson make a prediction that we will lose, I sleep well.

    And then we will get the inevitable bile from Crooks in his team of the week section, after the weekend “surprise”!

  • Jib

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry for shouting

  • check the toastie

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Great News Merino signing five year deal.
    Amazing bit of business by Rafa and club.
    Boys a Rolls Royce

  • martoon

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    check – just seen that on the official site – it is good news – I wonder what the fee was?

  • Bambams

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Well happy we have him tied down !

  • Muleman

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    With almost half a million views in 4 days I’m sure many of you will have already watched this 2 hour podcast, but if its slipped by then this is one of the most uplifting interviews you will ever see. Alan Shearer in depth about everything toon related… Sir Bobby, Gary Speed, Keegan, Shepherd, Gullit, Injuries, Ashley…

    Just google “Alan Shearer True Geordie” or
    I promise it will make your day.

  • Jib

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    The press aren’t quoting any figures but
    €10 million (£8.5million) seems to ring a bell

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    He comes from Spain and he’s fcuking class,
    In fact he’s better than Fabregas
    It’s Meriiiino
    La la la Meriiiiino

  • toontaff2

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Come on, ED!
    Stuff what that clown Merson thinks.
    Good news article needed on Merino’s new 5 year deal!
    Great start to the weekend.

  • toontaff2

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe Rafa inserted a firework up Penfold’s ‘arris?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Just need the takeover talks to come to fruition and then we’ll all be buzzing!!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #13

    There has got to be something happening in January if Rafa can convince Lascalles to extend his contract and us to sign Merino early!!

  • hibbit

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14


    just keep the faith lad it’s happening

  • toontaff2

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Hibbit, you bugger! Hope you’ve got your private jet ready to fly Ashley oot of Toon! 💡
    If you get that ‘un wrong, we’ll all be asking Tsunki where you leave, so we can all deliver a ‘special parcel’. And it won’t be a well presented memento in a nice box!

  • toontaff2

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Any updates on our returning Internationals?
    Biggest worry must be Atsu.

  • toontaff2

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #17

    There are also concerns over Ritchie’s thigh and Shelvey’s finger, according to .com.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Can see Murphy getting a start Rafa talked him up in the international break and with Atsu and Richie playing through the pain barrier recently it would make sense to give him some game time either that or Aarons

    Great opportunity to get a win against Southampton they are not playing that well

  • hibbit

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

    been saying since June what was going on got shot down a few times on here but never mind.

    i dont have a clue who will end up buying us but we will be sold before January and Rafa is well aware of whats going on !!!!

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Good news on Merino.
    Hope we win this weekend if only to make cokehead and miseryguts lawro look as stupid as they are , he hasn’t predicted us to win a game yet and in his eyes we are Rick bottom of the league , kin idiot

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 13, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Oh I’m keeping the faith mate. Something is definitely happening before Jan

  • AncientC

    Oct 13, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Great to see Merino signed on for 5 years. There was no point dragging it out any longer, it must have been getting more painful by the week for Dortmund to witness his value shooting up.

  • Shoulders knees

    Oct 13, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23

    Great news on Merino.

  • Veltman

    Oct 13, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Biggest good news ever to wake up to. Have been banging on about him recently.The guy is a machine, fearless,tireless and probably the best signing of the summer.Read somewhere no player intercepts or dispossessed more balls in midfeild than him so far this season in the PL.He is a hulk and God of war.Thank you Rafa.
    Super excited and you are a genius!!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 13, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #25


    I believe you more than the red tops about our potential sale. I’m still skeptical after ten years of the slug. If he sells you’ll be the first on my list that I owe a pint.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 13, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26

    I don’t think I need to comment on Merino. All I’ll say is, he’s my new Robert Lee.

    Rob Lee and Garry Speed are still my fave midfield pairing at NUFC.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 13, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #27

    will this comment get on on before ed brings out the merino thread!!

    Amazing news and much more satisfying discovering someone like him instead of lashing out 100M on Pogba or similar.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 13, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #28

    Toontaff @13 I vehemently deny any involvement in the tracking of individuals on this blog.

    But if you really want it done, bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia.


    Oct 13, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #30

    absolutely delighted about merino signing think he is one of the best signings we have ever had. as for merson and lawrensons predictions go i would be more worried if they had picked us to get a result. the betting odds are ludicrous ,to be able to back win and draw and double your money at a team who have only scored 1 in the last 10 at home is great . anything can happen in football red cards etc but to suddenly think they are going to start scoring a few is laughable. have had a good bet on so hope i wont be regretting saying this.

  • Reilly

    Oct 13, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #31

    hibbit since june.really.

  • Reilly

    Oct 13, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #32

    and it was you who shot me down.

  • martoon

    Oct 13, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #33

    I presume Merino must come under the same rule as Krul even though this is outside the transfer window?

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 13, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Why do we give publicity to these pundits ? They know less than we supporters do. A logical forecast would be that Southampton won’t score given their form and our defence. You would get good odds for a 2-0 Saint’s win and I suspect the pundit has had a bet, given his history!

  • toonluvva

    Oct 13, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #35

    I think one great advance in TV, would be to have a button (not the mute) that switches off the inane comments from the so called pundit.

    It would be great to go back to the days when the only voice was there to tell you the names of the players without anything else.


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