Merson Predicts Tottenham vs Newcastle – It’s A Huge Opportunity For Newcastle

Paul Merson has warmed to Newcastle this year but after reaching 41 points for the season our sharpness has gone, and we have lost the last three games.

But tonight at Wembley is the stage for us to bring about a shock and maybe beat Tottenham who are pushing for 3rd place in the league, being only one point behind Liverpool with this game in hand.

Newcastle are tied on 41 points with four other teams although we have the best goal difference of those teams – at the moment.

Paul Merson – predicts a 2-1 home win

A Newcastle win tonight would go a long way to helping us finish 10th in the league this season, but we must play a lot better than in the previous three games, which have been disappointing and yielded zero points.

Here’s what Paul has said about the game:

“If you look at Spurs’ fixtures, then if you had to pick two teams to play at home, it would be Newcastle and Leicester.” (thanks Paul)

“But at the same time, Newcastle do not get the chance to go to Wembley too often, do they? And their fans may make it a bit of a party.”

“You would have expected Spurs to get something at West Brom on Saturday, though.”

“I think Spurs will win, Newcastle were poor at Watford on Saturday – better second half, but it is easy to play when you are 2-0 down.”

“They have to be careful, though, as they have good fans and if they turn up in their thousands at Wembley, they will want them to put on a show.”

“And if they do not, Spurs are the type of team that can embarrass you on their day.”

“The pressure is severely on Tottenham, though, so I think they will win 2-1.”

Newcastle mustn’t get hammered tonight and hopefully Rafa will have the players motivated to go all out in our final two games of the season at Tottenham and at home the Chelsea,

It’s a great opportunity to finish this season on a high with a surprise win – or even two?


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36 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Pooop….paaarrrpp…. bleurghhhh…I got my last prediction wrong…pop….burrrrrpp…so i will say…..belllch…..something…gahhhh…different….Hic…pop….

  • the ledge

    May 9, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    i am going with a 1:::1 draw

  • lochinvar

    May 9, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    When the transfer merry go round starts and from a football perspective of who’s the manager ?, what’s the fan base ? and where’s the best place for my career ? then Newcastle has to be the top priority for players unless they are offered a starting place and the money that goes with it at a top six position club. Outside of that cabal then we should be in pole position as other maybe contenders such as Everton, West Ham and maybe Palace for Lundun lovers are clubs fraught with more problems than we are.

    Additionally if the suggested new Academy and Training Ground developments are realised by Ashley or others investing in NUFC then the Club, City and lifestyle for players and their families is their best choice.

    In this scenario then the likes of Craig Dawson who has had some great reviews all season could be an astute signing along with Traore and a few more including Dubrovka and Kennedy who has done much to show others how good the set up is here.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 9, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t really want to see Spurs turn us over 4 or 5 nil but it could happen tonight

    Rafa has done well this season but could just do with it being over so we know whats happening for next season

  • bettyswallocks

    May 9, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Dubai Mickey………. Enjoyed the song, I came over all emotional.

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Helicopter just flew over Newcastle City Centre South to North towards Benton. Where’s the Mike Ashley chopper tracker when you need it?

  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    He’s probably right about facing teams going nowhere but he doesn’t know his recent history. A couple of seasons ago spurs were on course for a historic table position and all they had to do was brush aside the pathetic and recently relegated Newcastle….

  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t forget this is the season for complacent teams to be turned over by sides with plenty of players lining up to get pole position in the store window.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 9, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #9

    betty, who’s Ms A Emotional?

  • bettyswallocks

    May 9, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Dubai…….. Very good lol. She can be found in the York Hotel Dubai. 2nd floor.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 9, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Another Gaffemeister special (keeps me amused I suppose).


    May 9, 2018 at 10:22 AM
    Comment #10

    Prince Harry’s not daft
    He’s arranged his wedding for
    the weekend between the end
    of the Leagues and before all
    the playoffs and cup finals”.

    Prince Harry is probably not daft but getting married the weekend before cup finals – what eh eh.

    wedding Day = 19th May
    FA Cup final and Scottish Cup finals = 19th May.

    Duh same day!!!!.

    Give it up Jib – too many gaffes I’m afraid – shoddy posting indeed.
    Your latest along with the training ground being teleported to London is too much.

    Change you game man before it is too late. Ladies wrestling or Ladies Rugby would suit you better.

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s interesting that Rafa certainly doesn’t seem to be speaking like a man who is in any doubt of his future. I know he’s a compulsive planner and will not want to leave anything to chance or any stone unturned, but his obvious enthusiasm for the coming months speaks volumes to me.

    The contract may not yet be signed, but I think that they may well have agreed on the main points with just the fine details to be sorted.

    Of course, I’ve been wrong before and will be again but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there was an announcement ahead of the Chelsea match.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 9, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Of course betty, I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

    Jockeys closed down last year btw, now I nearly shed a tear for that one.

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki, yes – we’ve had great success over the Spuds in recent years, despite our obvious gulf in class. The final day of the season 5-1 at St James’ followed an earlier season victory over them at White Hart Lane, giving us the double over them.

    I’ve predicted a win tonight, we could well see some needle between Shelvey, Diame and Dele Alli too, especially with Dier out. Wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if one of them was sent off, hopefully not one of ours this time.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye, he doesn’t sound worried at all.

  • ben.g

    May 9, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #16


    I agree Rob, Rafas talking more upbeat about next season.
    I was getting worried with the lack of movement on his contract extension.

    Do we all think it will be an extension or a new long term contract?
    I was thinking extension myself, maybe 2 years. I think Rafa will be wary of the last two years.
    Saying that if it’s all set in stone you never know!!!

  • yitzhak rabin

    May 9, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Rafa holds all the cards
    death by a thousand cuts is too good for Ashley

  • Online Guy

    May 9, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Is the Brat fit for Spurs this evening ?

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail, yep – Ashley may actually be about to do something sensible

  • Lindisfarne

    May 9, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Regarding the sale of the club, as understand there are two sticking points, the price and the on going contracts with commercial / hospitality partners. Then thirdly there is the investment that is desperately required in the training ground and playing squad. I think Amanda was allocating £100M to cover the last point and Ashley’s top price is said to be £400M for the club, which together makes a total investment of £500M.

    Amanda claims that she can not invest at much higher than £250m, plus money for training ground / squad, because of the delay it would cause in any return for her Investment Partners. However if they were to agree to an initial £200M payment for 40% of the club, with the stipulation that it is primarily used in the infrastructure of the club. Then another similar payment next season next season for another 40% and followed by the remainder at the end of the second season, that would be of benefit to all involved. The contracts mentioned in my first sentence would be more or less finished, the HMRC case would be resolved, Amanda will receive a return for a staggered investment and Ashley gets his money.

    What is not to like, thank goodness it is not my money!

  • Lindisfarne

    May 9, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Rafa does not have anything to worry about, he has a loyal character but if he does not see that the club are trying to move forward to his liking, he can walk straight in to another job elsewhere.

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Lindi, agree he has little of tangible value to lose by walking away from NUFC, but emotionally it would hurt him to walk away from his project. Although he buries it most of the time, he’s an emotional character (Fact!) and it shows through occasionally.

  • Dragon64

    May 9, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #24

    True what you say Rafa does seem very relaxed when doing interviews and any questions being asked. Let’s hope he knows a lot more than he is letting on can only hope so ???????

  • Jib

    May 9, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Give it up Mr Tuff – too many gaffes I’m afraid – shoddy posting

  • Mister Tuff

    May 9, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Hahahaha – Harry doesn’t do football.
    What sorcery and magic is afoot. Oval ball changes to round ball.

    Give it up Jib – it’s you that doesn’t do football. Worra plonker.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 9, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Lindisfarne, is this what you’ve heard or is it Fog on the Tyne? Whichever you can meet me on the corner.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 9, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Shteve McClaren set to be appointed as manager of QPR.!!!!!!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #29

    What type of lunatic football club would hire Steve Mclaren these days??

  • Jib

    May 9, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Mr Tuff it was 5 a side vs kids you dummy
    Mind I suspect you knew that already
    you wee tinker

  • DaveD1000

    May 9, 2018 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Micky @ 28
    I hope so…my Landan mates still have their QPR in the premier League flags and I dont mention it often….Schteve would just give me too much ammunition.

    Merse you have to be impressed by him , look how many sentences he managed to string together all by himself

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Is our game on tv tonight?

  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Not on telly. Rubbish

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Nope, shit loads of foreign channels though, might give that chipped firestick a go.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Or i might sit in the garden and listen to the wilis 😀

  • Paul141726

    May 9, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Not that I want them to but I think Spurs will play this game with as wide a formation as the pitch permits. If we guard the wings tightly it opens the middle for them to tear us a new one. I hope that we can keep it tight at the back cede the wings and break up every cross they send at us. Lascelles and Dubravka will need to muster the defense and then hope to hit them on the break. Don’t think we will be turned over too badly and going for 2-2 draw.


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