Paul Merson thinks we will lose tomorrow at the Etihad Stadium just like the other pundits.
Merson believes it will be a 3-0 scoreline and in his prediction, he says he feels sorry for the Newcastle fans.
He also brings up the possession stats which pundits and TV commentators seem to be fascinated by.
In the first 25 minutes, it was 90% to 10% in favor of Chelsea, but they didn’t score in that time.
And we only lost 2-1 with the winning Chelsea goal coming with 3 minutes to play.
So what’s the problem?
Paul Merson – predicts a comfortable home win
With teams now playing on the counter-attack, possession stats don’t mean much these days.
This is what Paul has said about tomorrow’s game
“You have got to feel for the Newcastle fans. Fifty-five thousand supporters turn up every week and now they’re out of the cup. Now it’s a long season for them.”
“Last week’s stats against Chelsea were bordering on atrocious.”
“With 25 minutes played it was 90% to 10% in favour of Chelsea. I’ve seen that in five-minute spells, I’ve never seen it in a 25-minute spell, ever.”
“Newcastle will go to the Etihad and defend, but Man City will break them down, 100%.”
“It’s just when, and how many times. The Newcastle fans packed the away ends at Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, and they’re out of the cup already.”
“I think they’d probably rather win something and spend another season in the Championship than watch this every week at the moment.”
Paul doesn’t say what the alternative is – do we try to go head-to-head with a team who have the money to buy world-class players on a whim?
Then we would lose maybe 7-0.
Pundits don’t have any real responsibilities other than to give their opinions.
Managers have it much tougher – they are responsible for the results.