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Pundit Makes Odd Claim Of ‘Fine’ Performance At Villa In His Prediction For This Week


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.

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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6 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 29, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Prior to Rafa getting here we’d lost every PL game bar one at home to City since Ashley arrived. Prior to Ashley arriving we’d won every PL game against City bar one.
    In Bruce we trust.

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  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Eh ?

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  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Put another way
    Since Thaksin Shinawatra then the
    Mansours bought Man City not many
    teams have beaten them.
    We lost to Man City in the PL at NUFC
    1994
    1995 (and an FA cuptie)
    2002
    2003
    2004
    2005

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 29, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #4

    JaF – not sure that holds water mate…and Man City didn’t have multi-billionaire owners then…

    28/01/09, 20:45 Manchester C – Newcastle 2 : 1 (1 : 0) (1 : 1)
    20/10/08, 21:00 Newcastle – Manchester C 2 : 2 (1 : 1) (1 : 1)
    02/01/08, 20:45 Newcastle – Manchester C 0 : 2 (0 : 1) (0 : 1)
    29/09/07, 13:45 Manchester C – Newcastle 3 : 1 (1 : 1) (2 : 0)
    31/03/07, 16:00 Newcastle – Manchester C 0 : 1 (0 : 0) (0 : 1)
    11/11/06, 13:45 Manchester C – Newcastle 0 : 0 (0 : 0) (0 : 0)
    01/02/06, 20:45 Manchester C – Newcastle 3 : 0 (2 : 0) (1 : 0)
    24/09/05, 16:00 Newcastle – Manchester C 1 : 0 (1 : 0) (0 : 0)
    02/02/05, 20:45 Manchester C – Newcastle 1 : 1 (0 : 1) (1 : 0)

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I was watching the political interview (there is a football connection so don’t skip yet) with Jonathon Bartley of the greens in the chair.

    He was asked about the big disparity of wages in big companies with ManU being highlighted. He reckons the difference should be no greater than 10 to 1 with the lowest paid workers getting a minimum of a 10th of what the biggest earners get.

    Sounds good to me and I’m sure that Gladys the tea lady at the Toon would be reasonably happy with £7k per week.

    Don’t think he was talking about football per se as the top players get obscene amounts.

    I would add that the Greens have some great ideas which do look workable and he comes across as one of the most believable of the party leaders, pity there’s not a green candidate in my area.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 29, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Brains trust Jail talks pants again.

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