BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 win today for Newcastle against Watford in the FA Cup 4th round at St. James’ Park.
But Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson – never too positive on Newcastle – thinks we will lose the tie 2-1.
He thinks we should play our top team today and forget about the game on Tuesday night at home to Manchester City in the league.
A lot of our fans think that way.
Here’s what Paul (shown above) has said on Sky Sports:
“In my opinion, Newcastle should write off their next game against Manchester City and go all out in this one.”
“The loyal Newcastle fans know their football – they will be thinking the same.”
“This is a great opportunity for a cup run. If they get Doncaster in the next round then they are in the quarter-finals.”
Maybe Rafa Benitez should start thinking of what the fans want? I’m not sure he will see it that way.”
“Watford are a tough team – they played well at St James’ earlier this season. I will go for away win.”
We do have a chance of going through to the 5th round and that would be excellent.
But we also have to pick up points in the league – another relegation would mean Rafa would definitely leave the club.
Then we would be a second division club with Mike Ashley as the owner.
What could be worse than that?
A third division club with Mike Ashley as the owner.
We have to take every Premier League game seriously and it seems that Rafa will be able to field a fairly strong side today.
What do you think?