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Pundit Gives Prediction For Sunday After Capitulation At Leicester City

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his weekly predictions for the Premier League fixtures this weekend. Mark has Manchester United coming to St James Park and securing a 1-1 draw.

This is his prediction in full:

They completely capitulated in the second half and I am sure Magpies manager Steve Bruce will have made it clear to his players this week just how unacceptable that was.

I would expect to see a reaction from them, and I also think some of the Newcastle fans who stayed away from their draw with Brighton will be back for this game.

Manchester United huffed and puffed their way through their draw with Arsenal on Monday and never really looked like they were good enough to take full control of the game.

I understand why United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is saying it is going to take time for his side to turn things around but, as well as having a long-term plan, they need to get back to winning ways soon.

Newcastle must find the visceral fortitude to put in a performance on Sunday. They simply cannot put in a third straight dud heading into the second international break.

Newcastle will be without Isaac Hayden for the first time since December 22nd of last year. The midfielder had started the previous 28 games. He will miss this one through suspension. Jonjo Shelvey will likely be out with a hamstring injury.

That leaves either Ki or 19-year-old Matty Longstaff to partner Sean Longstaff in the midfield. Florian Lejeune and Dwight Gayle will also likely be unavailable.

Manchester United will likely be missing a few key players on Sunday as well. Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw are still nursing hamstring injuries that have kept them out of the last 7 games in all competitions.

In today’s Europa League match against AZ Alkmaar, both Paul Pogba and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were left out of the squad. Pogba has an ankle problem, and Wan-Bissaka missed through illness. During the match, Jesse Lingard limped off with an apparent hamstring issue.

Now certainly appears to be the time to face Manchester United, who have not won in their last ten away games. We need to see something that will give us some hope that Steve Bruce can halt this slide.

22 comments so far

  • Assassins Inc

    Oct 4, 2019 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Miggy gets a wonder goal this weekend, 1-1 Andy comes of bench, header we win 2-1.

  • IrishRob

    Oct 4, 2019 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #2

    My prediction is we will loose and i will get annoyed and call jail a Cúnt.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 4, 2019 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Manchester are looking so poor. But we are much much worse under Bruce.

    I expect them to get back to winning ways with a thumping against us.

    Manchester 5 Newcastle 0

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 4, 2019 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #4


    You were warned about that.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 4, 2019 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Irishrob you may be heading for the distinct honour of being the first person I ask for to be sin binned.

  • c-dog

    Oct 4, 2019 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #6

    United have failed to win their last 10 away games

    And here come Newcastle

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 4, 2019 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #7

    GUARDIAN – A classic cannot be expected at St James’

    Tottenham’s tonking and the future of the game – Football Weekly Extra
    Manchester United travel to St James’ Park on Sunday, a year to the day since a 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford where Alexis Sánchez’s late winner saved José Mourinho from the sack. A year is a long time in football. While much has changed since, both teams are still dealing with the same fundamental issues. Manchester United cannot conjure any kind of consistency or fluidity, and Newcastle are short of goals and fearing relegation. Last year, Rafael Benítez’s safety-first approach got them out of trouble. Under Steve Bruce, they have lost their solidity at the back without getting any better going forward; they are the league’s joint-lowest scorers. Since beating Chelsea 4-0 in their league opener, Manchester United have scored seven goals in nine games, with turgid draws against Arsenal and AZ Alkmaar this week. In short, don’t expect another five-goal thriller in this Super Sunday showpiece. NM

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 4, 2019 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Going to be a exciting game – battle of the 0 shots on target managers!!!!!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 4, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #9

    A 0-0 draw will be fine, a win of course would be better. But i cannot imagine Bruce getting up and doing his sideline jig.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Does anybody have a link to that ‘orrible dance Brucie done on the touchline to remind me why I hate him so much.

  • Jib

    Oct 4, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #11

    ‘GACP Newcastle Management LLP’
    ‘GACP Newcastle Partners LLP’.
    Interesting choice of names for the two new American companies
    incorporated by Joseph Dagrosa
    It implies to me , investment , rather than takeover.
    Another billionaire on board and Kenyon as CEO has to be a

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Bruce dance!!! – just stands on the line with his hands in his pockets. Might as well be sent to the stands for what use he does!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #13

    I had a bit of a, what startted to get heated conversation with my scouse mate at work last night. He seems to think that the top four is a members only club with only Lpool being the one allowed exclusivity to be in it. Talking about how it’s not Bruce’s fault and how we should get behind him. ”well who else you going to get”
    I said we’ve just been humped 5-0 off Leicester, he then tells me they’re third, ”we beat the footers last year”
    He seems, for some reason to think that Leicester who were in the third division not so long ago are not deluded for dreaming about CL football, but we are. It’s a FACT that has been started by the goons on talksport that has the nation thinking we are deluded.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #14

    If those ”investors” allow Ashley to keep his grubby hands on the merchandise and advertising then what you have just claimed holds as much weight as Bruce in tenth with a cup run.

  • Jib

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail for Ashley
    If those ”investors” allow Ashley to keep his grubby hands on the merchandise and advertising then what you have just claimed holds as much weight as Bruce in tenth with a cup run.

    What a strange child-like meaningless comment

    Quite reminiscent of toon22

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #16

    It wasn’t childlike at all. it is debate, you, being a fan of debate should come back to me and explain how you think Bruce will finish tenth with a cup run and that ”investors” in cahoots with Ashley and not even enough money to buy the club will be good for us.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #17

    ”Hull City boss Steve Bruce was so pleased with Sone Aluko’s winning goal against Newcastle on Saturday that he unleashed some toddler dance moves on the St James’ Park touchline”
    Please somebody find me a link to this, mind I thought it was against the mackems.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #18

    I have often wondered why Investors have not taken an opportunity to buy a portion of the club. But then there has never been a major company that would want to associate its self to St. James Park through advertising. I wonder why that is?

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Probably the same reason why the club has not secured a buyer for the past 12 years.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #20

    What a strange child-like meaningless comment

    Quite reminiscent of toon22

    An oxymoron in the truest sense of the word!

  • Jimmy Mac74

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #22


    Surprised by some of those results. Sunderland is a given but I’ve never really had a problem with Boro’. ManU would be my second because of their glory supporters and obvious ref bias in the 90’s. Villa I agree with because of that relegation game. The bin dippers can be great one day and insufferable the next.


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