Merson Almost Goes Out On A Limb Predicting Burnley vs Newcastle

Newcastle had only 3 points from our first 10 league games and but in the last two games, we have tripled that points total.

We have beaten Watford 1-0 and Bournemouth 2-1 at home to get two successive wins.

And Rafa and the players will try to make that three wins in a row and get our first away win of the season at Turf Moor on Monday night.

it will be a tough game with Newcastle finding it difficult to score goals (9 goals in 12 games) and Burnley having the second worst goals against record in the league (25 conceded in 12 games).

Paul Merson – close to going for a Newcastle away win – but not quite

This is some of Paul Merson has said about the game for Sky Sports:

“This is a big match. Newcastle have done great to win back-to-back games in the Premier League, which is a hard thing to do for the teams in the bottom half.

“However, I worry for Burnley – I never saw them getting beat fours and fives before, there are ways of getting beat.

“And something is missing, I’m not sure what it is, but they are so open at the back and sooner or later you have to draw a line and say, ‘Right, we need to become hard to beat again.'”

“Sean Dyche would take a 1-0 win here and he would be more than delighted with that as he would know his team will be hard to beat again.

“But I think Newcastle will get something out of this game and if somebody said to me, ‘get off the fence,’ then I would go for Newcastle.”

They have the momentum and they have not been a million miles away, the penny has dropped and he has put Salomon Rondon in – they needed a focal point, they were too weak, the ball was bouncing back too quick off Joselu.”

“What a header that was against Bournemouth (from Salomon Rondon)! “

“You cannot tell me that was not like Malcolm Macdonald or Alan Shearer, brave, put himself across the defender.”

“No one was saving that.”

Paul predicts: 1-1

It looks like Merson this week was almost going to pick Newcastle to win this game.

But given our form and Burnley’s recent form we must have a very decent chance to make it three wins in a row.

That would be fantastic.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Pain in the Blog

    Nov 23, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Our disappointing league position is, to a large extent (but not entirely), a result of a very tough fixture list for the first half dozen or so games. We now look like we are better than the teams around us and are moving on and up to mid-table where we belong.

    The problem is that we’re not the only team currently in a lower league position than we deserve. Burnley also had their their early-season disrupted. For them it was being involved in the Europa League without having the squad strength required to cope with the physical and mental burden of the extra matches. They were eliminated after six games in that competition and are only now showing signs of recovery and a return to their form of last year.

    For this reason, I feel that Monday’s match will be very difficult and a draw would actually be a good result away from home to another improving side. So I’m actually agreeing with Paul Merton, which is a first. It’s a shame because a win on Monday would consolidate our mid-table status.

    If we beat Burnley and Man City win convincingly against the Hammers (i.e. winning by 2 clear goals or more) then we will finish above WH in 13th. place with a bit of daylight between us and the bottom six. I’m assuming that Palace will lose to ManU, Southampton will lose to Ranieri’s rejuvenated Fulham and Cardiff will be well beaten by Everton.

    Bring it on!

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    i would love a win but i would take a draw
    not an easy by any stretch of the imagination !!!!!!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 23, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Our Toon

    I don’t know for certain but I believe the League 1 and 2 teams do play a lot of their 1st team players in the Checktrade trophy for two reasons, one because they don’t have big squads and two because it’s their best chance of a trophy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s a shame there have been too many pennies dropped. On Mersons head from about 30m. Why not do a bit of research and check out Rondons injuries.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 23, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Well I shall vote win again when Ed puts the poll up and this time I’ll be doing it with a lot more confidence!

  • Nostra Magpie

    Nov 23, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Burnley have also there own injuries to worry about, if we have Ritchie and Kenedy whipping in crosses I can see Bonny Ronny doing some damage. With some backup from either his playing partner or midfield I can see us winning 0-2. Ronny and Ki score, that means man city only have to win by one and we jump the hammers.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 23, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail i can’t imagine he means that rafa didn’t know that rondon was worth playing. Mind you, rondon took a lot of stick from people on here before and after his signing. I always fancied him for us but more pace near him would be nice. That said I like Perez too.


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