Sky Sports Pundit Predicts Newcastle vs West Brom

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has been warming to Newcastle this year after we have done very well and surged to safety.

However, our four-game winning streak was halted by an ordinary looking Everton side on Monday night at Goodison Park, and that was our fifth successive league defeat against Everton.

So it is vital that we win tomorrow against the bottom of the table West Brom who will be relegated tomorrow if they don’t win this game.

Paul Merson – predicts Newcastle win

Paul has said this about the game:

“Newcastle will want to finish the season well for season ticket renewals.”

“Rafa Benitez’s squad have done well staying up.”

“I know the shackles are off West Brom, and they won at Old Trafford, but this will be a tough assignment.”

Paul predicts 2-0.

This game could prove to be difficult, but it’s the easiest game left on paper – so we have to go all out to ensure we get all 3 points.

Anything else will be a huge disappointment.

If we can win, we will have 44 points with just three games to play with the next game being at Watford.

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34 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Mike Mike Mikey
    Spend Spend Spend

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    New phone, all the same spell check problems!

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Lawro on BBC say’s 2.0 too.

    We’re gonna slip…..

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, link missing to this post on the previous one again….

    I think there’s a bug on your site somewhere, this has happened a few times the last couple of days.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    we could have had brahimi for peanuts a few years back when we originally scouted him. how many times have we said that under ashley. for such a renowned gambler ash doesn’t often apply the ”speculate to accumulate” approach.

  • griff

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    West Brom worry me. New manager bounce. And considering the last manager, they could bounce high…

    But seriously, any thoughts on their set-up? Can we counter-attack at all or is it going to be a turgid affair as we don’t play a game that unlocks tight defences (yet).

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    griff, I think they’ll keep it tight, but if we can get an early goal then they’ll have to come out and play which will be far more fun.

    I think it’ll be a cracking atmosphere tomorrow regardless. Just need a draw or for Saints to fail to beat Bournemouth and we’re mathematically assured of staying in the top flight. Not that I think it’s in any doubt at this point, but it’s still a landmark.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 27, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Fresh legs needed as WBA will put in plenty of running and attacking football as they really don’t have any other options especially as their players will need to proove to others whether or not they stay or go at WBA. That should create a more open game and maybe Ritchie has earned a respite on the bench until later on so Murphy to start. Atsu could be seen as well. Both putting crosses into a Slimani/Gayle combo to start. Goals being the aim.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Season ticket renewals.

    Yes, I’m sure that’s on the forefront of Rafa’s mind at the moment.

    What a knobend. He definitely posts on here.

  • magpie6699

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    NUFCPortugal – thank for the insight into that player (2 posts ago!) and welcome.

  • Mr Random

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    I have a theory. What if Mike Ashley has not spent any money in the last few transfer windows because he is saving it all up for the 2020 season so we can spend a billion pounds on players?? And become unstoppable?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Paul fcuking Merson. Good analysis that was play doh head! Finish strong just for season ticket renewals. Yeah cos I bet that’s what Rafa says to the lads every day!

  • lochinvar

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Good to hear your post earlier.
    As a kid – long tome ago now, but Eusebio was my hero and I even had a Portugal flag to prove the point. Are there are any relatives of his we can sign ?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Ed just caught up with the blog, good to hear that the results of your scans show that the cancer isn’t spreading.

    Lets hope they stay that way.

    Your’e doing well to keep the blog going, hopefully you can continue to do that as also.

    Stay strong and positive.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Shouldn’t have changed that sentence, should have read

    Your’e doing well to keep the blog going, hopefully you can continue to do that as well.

  • ben.g

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    As Lochinvar said.
    West brom have to win tomorrow or they are down. That should give us an open game.
    Rafa may send us out all guns blazing as we are at home. Gayle may even start for his speed.
    I’m sure Rafa will stick with Perez but I wonder about Slimani and Gayle starting.
    Slimani as a no 10 rotating with Gayle?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    I’d be surprised if season tickets are not renewed regardless of how we do against WB.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #18

    WB are a bit like that French artist.

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Daniel Sturridge is rumoured to be fit !!!!!

  • lochinvar

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Van Gough ?
    – as they’re “ear today gone tomorrow” ?

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Fat Sam’s presser at Finch Farm
    frantically trying to deflect criticism

    Allardyce: “When you look at Newcastle, what do we say – it takes two to tango
    Newcastle were not adventurous. We had to be patient and take our opportunity.”

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #22

    EGB, Monet? Manet? Cezanne? Renoir? There are a few to choose from mucker.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 27, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Lol, Jib, he neglects to mention that his starting line-up was worth £150m, while ours was worth £50m and he had £50m of talent in three players not being used.

    Also, Sturridge can kiss my fat one. I hope he does play so he can see what playing in front of 50k screaming Geordies would have been like had he the bottle to take the train up here as he agreed to do.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Belllllccchhhh……..bleurghhhh….where’s Newcastle in the table…..Hic….where’s west Brom….. Burrrrrpp…..where’s my trousers….pop…….gaaahh…2 nil…..gassssppp….parp..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Looking forward to Watford next week, half six start on the Saturday morning. Down to 45 points now.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Coz they’re going Toulouse, boom, boom.

    This is possibly the worst ever joke on the blog, if you agree please do heart it. 🙂

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Toulouse – Lautrec
    To split hairs

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 27, 2018 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Have to say, the more I see and hear of Darren Moore, the more impressed I am. He seems genuinely chuffed to have got the West Brom opportunity and genuinely capable of making the most of it. I hope he is kept in post for the Champo and has the chance to prove himself there for a season and I also hope he manages to get them promoted at the first time of asking.

    Finally, I hope he doesn’t manage to coach them to a win against us tomorrow.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #29

    I wonder if they’d have kept Carver if he’d took us down. Saved by a guy they tried to sack for suffering from cancer.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 27, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Pop group ABBA have returned to the studio and recorded their first new music since the 1980s.
    The Swedish quartet said the new material was an “unexpected consequence” of their recent decision to put together a “virtual reality” tour.

    Perhaps they could buy NUFC so that Ashley meets his Waterloo.

    Essex – Toulouse is still the winner by a mile but maybe this could be second

  • lochinvar

    Apr 27, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #31

    You don’t think…do you ?

    Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta will leave the Spanish club at the end of the season.
    The midfielder, 33, has made 669 appearances in 16 seasons, winning 31 trophies with Barca and three major tournaments for Spain.

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    You have a very simple view of life.

    Most folk would recognise that Jonas
    got a very good result at the tribunal.

    If he had not been a cancer sufferer
    NUFC would still have been looking
    to offload him at 32 years 10 months.

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #33

    I was told in Spain that Iniesta is off
    to China for a last big pay day

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Apr 27, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Years ago I was in a group called “Little Toulouse”. Just saying. Anyway, most celebs have their publicity pics airbrushed to make them look better. Hope to god Merson’s hasn’t been done yet!


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