BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for the weekend’s Premier League action. He’s selected Manchester City to defeat Newcastle 0-2. His full statement was rather brief and is below:
Manchester City are chasing now. Newcastle have done fine under Steve Bruce, including the defeat at Aston Villa, but Manchester City need the points for the title race and I expect them to go all out to get them.
We were unceremoniously harsh on Lawrenson last week when he rightly predicted a 2-0 victory for Aston Villa. However, we have to question why he would say that Newcastle were fine against Aston Villa on Monday in this latest prediction.
Of course, Newcastle were not anywhere near good enough this past week. This is a tough fixture for Newcastle to try to rebound with. So it’s likely to be two losses in a row going into Thursday’s critical match at Sheffield United.
Though Steve Bruce welcomed the challenge of the reigning champions during his press conference this morning. This is what he said about relishing the opportunity against the big boys as tweeted by Chris Waugh.
Bruce: "You're in the game to play against the best teams. That's what you want to do. We'd rather be playing against #mcfc tomorrow than anyone else. They're all top, top players & they've got a mentality that is there for all to see" #nufc
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) November 29, 2019
Newcastle did win this fixture last year and that propelled Manchester City on to a long unbeaten streak. If Steve Bruce can just keep the score down in this one, we would be pleased with that.
However, a result would be an unbelievable outcome for the lads and would undoubtedly make up for the terrible performance at Villa.
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