Sky Sports Pundit Embarrassing – Predicts Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – Bias Reigns Supreme

If Paul Merson had been accurate in his Newcastle predictions this season (he hasn’t been), then we would be close to being bottom of the league.

Merson is one of the pundits who predicted Newcastle would be fighting relegation and in his predictions on Newcastle every week he seems to be still hoping for that particular outcome.

After Palace scored their first goals and got their very first points of the season against Chelsea last weekend, he predicts a 1-1 draw at Newcastle tomorrow.

Paul Merson – bias reigns supreme with this guy

This is what Paul has written as his prediction for the game:

“What a result for Palace against Chelsea (what about the other 7 results?), and it just shows you how important and good Wilfried Zaha is, how big a player he is in that side.”

“This is another big, big game, and I can’t really separate them.”

“You like to think Palace have turned the corner, but if they lose this they are virtually back to where they were the week before the Chelsea game.”

“That’s because they would have highlighted this game as a potential three points.”

“If they can get a draw, it’s been a great couple weekends for Palace.”

Notice in those comments, Paul never even mentions Newcastle by name.

Paul is exactly like David Prutton was last season when he was so biased against Newcastle and in favor of the smaller clubs pushing for promotion – Brighton and Huddersfield.

It gets a little bit silly when it’s so apparent these pundits are wholly biased against Newcastle.

But all Newcastle need to do is to keep doing well and winning games and then maybe before the end of the season, Paul Merson will predict a win for us.

Sorry – I’m being stupid again.

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56 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Oct 20, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Silly little man trying to be antagonistic which is what pundits try to be to justify their pay cheques. Straight over everyone’s heads, right or wrong with his predictions – it’s no different to doing the pools of old or Super Six – pure guesswork. Mystic Meg he ain’t.

  • martoon

    Oct 20, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m not bothered what the pundits think – in fact I’m quite happy ‘to stay under the radar’ and then surprise teams when we play them.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 20, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Spoof – from previous
    Might be worth trying to get a half season ticket now in a part of the ground where you want to be.
    That way you will have the first option I think of full season ticket renewal for 2018/2019 when the time comes rather than joining a very long queue fighting to try to get a season ticket when we have new owners and investment for players to compete at the highest levels. Might be sold out in that scenario. Seem to remember that in KK’s day there was a massive waiting list of seasons ahead.
    Old adage you have to be in it to win it.
    And good news you can tell your missus that it’s a lot cheaper than a new conservatory and think of the money you’ve saved for her.

  • hibbit

    Oct 20, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Spoof– from previous
    the club are monitoring the sale of season tickets very closely at the moment,they are already getting dozens of esquires a day
    from a very reliable source

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 20, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Reading this, I suddenly remember one of my old weekly rituals…seeing what Lawro had predicted for us.

    Surprisingly, he has us down for a 2-1 win. Not sure that’s good news.

    Seems he hasn’t been backing us to date so far mind, take a look at the league table based on his predictions…

  • sparky55

    Oct 20, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    He’s a queer fish is Merson…he always forecasts we’ll draw or lose, but whenever he’s commentating on our game live on SKY he’s always impressed at how we play.

    I quite like him but it’s about time he saw the light 🙂 🙂

  • loonie-toon

    Oct 20, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Lmao he ant a clue the dope am goin 2-0 us

  • RUNAWAY777

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    That alcoholic off on one again tell you what skys had a few over the years but merson beats the lot hibbit stop buying all them season tickets pmsl bro

  • posada

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Merson hates Newcastle.
    He would hate us more if we became successful.
    It might be his beloved Arsenal we push out of the top four/six.

  • posada

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Not sure about a new stadium.
    Great location where it is, right in the heart of the city.

  • one fine day

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Merson saw the light .(he had one at a Sunday bbq )went back to full strength tennents super soon after 🙂
    Let him he keep predicting against us I say it’s working well .just like Prutton

  • posada

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    The summer we were relegated ( the last time ) I swapped my season ticket in the North West Corner for one in the East Stand on the half way line. For the first time in years some folks gave up their tickets there.
    Best seat in the house.
    When I die my Grandson gets it.

    Don’t wait. Get your tickets while you can.

  • Markaccus

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13
  • Markaccus

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #14

    And thats my last word on the matter 😀

  • hibbit

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    did you get your new bit if tec ??

  • Reilly

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Binned sky years ago so I don’t have to listen to idiot’s like this.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    we should sing this
    from 3.43 minutes in

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    On what Shearer said earlier.
    About twelve years ago I was working on the Newcastle playhouse. Sometimes if a job is shite you might be a bit worried about rapping in case the next one is worse. This job was pants, only 37 hours, the gaffer was an ‘horrible tw@t, tea breaks were the bare minimum and it was a very dangerous site with rain coming in from every orifice. No matter where you ended up it could not have been worse, we rapped and ended up on a lovely little job on the old Northern rock offices. Now how does that relate do Mike Ashley as owner……

  • hibbit

    Oct 20, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    have the feeling this is going to be a very long day ………………Enjoy !!!

  • cyprus

    Oct 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    It’s not only merson, most are predicting a draw. I hope we win, think we’ll draw.

  • GenralHez

    Oct 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Poor lad, he wasn’t much better as a player than he is a pundit.

  • Vask

    Oct 20, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #22

    I think that we will win, I don’t like saying it out loud but I’m willing to put my neck out this time.

    I’m hoping to see Mitrovic in the match day squad. Am still sore about that retrospective persecution. Proper shan.

    I would have liked to have had dependable Dummet available for this. Not many can get beyond him on his day. However, Manquillo hasn’t done too much wrong ( apart from allowing Gabiadini room to turn on Sunday) so I reckon our shape and organisation will quell Palace’s advances. We have full backs Chelsea play narrower at the back so we shouldn’t get too exposed.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Well OTT response to Merson
    (what’s new with some of the horrible folk on here)
    After CP’s performance and seeming resurrection
    under the well travelled Roy Hodgson , I think a draw
    is a pretty fair prediction.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 20, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Sitc – the idea of a new stadium to the north of SJP has been proposed even planned before and I think was not totally ruled out by the Freemen who I think might own the land.
    Stumbling block with SJP redevelopment is the land behind the Gallowgate (thanks Mike) but I recall seeing impressive plans which would complete the Gallowgate in line with the Milburn and Leazes end stand design. This included an underpass for traffic that would be closed on match days. That would leave the East Stand as the problem ( where me and Posada sit ) because of the Leazes Park terrace. No doubt that is listed property but these days I am sure could be dismantled and reassembled nearby -that could be a real solution for all concerned ( Leazes Terrace is University Post Gad flats ) . This would then allow the East stand to mirror the Milburn stand and Newcastle would have an iconic stadium at the heart of the City to rival Barcelona. This would be a world class facility linking with the Science Park, Conference facilities, City centre sporting provision even in house hotel provision. Daresay the cost of relocating Leazes Terrace that would be less than some mega redevelopment and provide an enlightened solution to the challenge. Just needs the Council, Club,investors developers and University to show imagination and put Newcastle at the forefront of urban brilliance.

  • sparky55

    Oct 20, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    Don’t see why we really need to increase the size of the ground…it’s a good ground, it’s already intimidating for any visiting team, the noise the fans make is brilliant when they’re at a full swing and don’t think another 8-10k fans will make that much difference to be honest…so I’d rather invest all money in the main and development squads.


  • lochinvar

    Oct 20, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Then Ashley arrived and the Council was persuaded otherwise ?
    It was announced on 2 April 2007 that the club intend to submit plans for a new £300million development of the stadium and surrounding areas, to include a major conference centre, hotels and luxury apartments. The proposals also include a plan to increase the Gallowgate End, eventually taking the capacity to 60,000.
    This expansion would be funded by the city council and linked to the redevelopment of the land behind the stand and over the Metro Station, which had previously been earmarked for the casino project. Expansion of the Gallowgate end involves difficulties due to the proximity of a road, Strawberry Place, and issues surrounding reinforcement of the underground St James Metro station.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #27


    How much to move
    Because that could be a good solution.

    Although as someone pointed out ysterday
    the economics of an extra 10,000 fans isn’t
    very viable

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #28

    I wonder if the new owners will stop advertising tickets for the Wigan home game in the Gallowgate bogs and take down the posters of Sissoko and Krul in their W@nga tops in the airport.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #29

    “Amanda Staveley intends to be the front woman for her proposed takeover of Newcastle United rather than the facilitator.

    “Staveley has signed a non-disclosure agreement and has a strong and credible interest in buying Newcastle from Mike Ashley and ending his decade-long ownership of United. And her interest in the club – through her PCP Capital Partners firm – is with the intention of running it,” says the Chronic.

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Looking forward to the match tomorrow, should be an interesting tactical battle if Woy has em up for it like last week. We’ll need to keep Zaha and Townsend quiet as I’m sure Rafa is aware , I know who my money will be on in the tactics department. HWTL.

  • hibbit

    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #31
  • sing in the corner

    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Good summary..
    If the takeover yields the success it should we will outgrow St James as it is at some point. Moving Leazes Tce sounds like a big job to me mate!?
    I agree with earlier posters. If all goes as hoped season tix will be like rocking horse shyte come the spring. Price is the next concern…

  • Shoulders knees

    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #33

    A good read thanks.

  • Shoulders knees

    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #34


    Really sorry wasn’t trying to be clever.

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #35

    I honestly can’t see Ashley being still here next year as owner now. SD advertiser yes, but to remain as the owner with his policy now totally transparent would generate so much animosity from all angles even he wouldn’t cope.

    As I already suggested if an ambitious owner is found he can ride on the back of any future success as an advertiser , unlock his capital for other stuff and then claim that he stepped aside in the best interests of the club to allow it to compete at a highrer level.

  • hibbit

    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #36

    that will depend on who the new owner is and if they have brand they want to push they may not want there brand diluted by his controversial and tat shop image

  • hibbit

    Oct 20, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Shoulders knees
    no bother mate its happened hundreds of times

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #38

    We could be playing in the FUN88 stadium by January

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 20, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Betty…Hopefully he’s gone soon, so it’s not even a required discussion, but not sure what you mean by “now totally transparent”, it’s been transparent for a while. I also am not sure too much would change as far as fans are concerned either. What would have changed, other than he had publicly said he wants to sell (again)?

    As I said, hopefully not a bridge we have to cross.

  • AncientC

    Oct 20, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Seems like Merson brings out the prohibition side in some folks.


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