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Pundit Uncertain Of What To Expect When Magpies Face Blades


BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has made his predictions for the midweek Premier League fixtures. He has Newcastle losing at Sheffield United 2-1. This is Lawrenson’s prediction in full.

Sheffield United keep on picking up points and I am very aware I have not tipped them enough to win this season.

I keep thinking they will run out of steam but that has not happened, and they have already shown that they are far better than I thought they were.

I thought they would stay up but I did not expect them to be as high as they are, and they just look so comfortable at this level.

It is going to be interesting what Newcastle try to do against them, and how much energy they have got left, because they worked so hard in their draw against Manchester City on Saturday.

Sheffield United are one of the surprise teams so far this season. The newly promoted side are seventh in the table with 19 points. They are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League fixtures though they haven’t managed a win in the previous three.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has worked wonders since he joined the club winning promotion to the Championship in his first full season in 2016/17. He now has them back in the Premier League and seemingly overachieving.

Newcastle, in 14th, are just three points behind the Blades but with a much worse goal difference of -9 to their +4.


Lawrenson points to the amount of energy Newcastle exhausted on Saturday to gain a point against Manchester City as a negative.

However, we don’t see it that way as Newcastle can take the emotion with them to Sheffield on Thursday. Though, they’ll need to avoid another dud like the last away match at Villa Park.

That performance should still be fresh in the minds of everyone at Newcastle, so hopefully, a repeat will be avoided.

We may even see a bit of rotation in the team, and that could prove beneficial as the fight for places should keep everyone on their toes.

This is a massive one for Newcastle as a win would be a magnificent start to a busy December.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
8Crystal Palace16-422
9Sheffield United15219
10Arsenal15-219
11Newcastle15-719
12Brighton15-418
13Burnley16-818

9 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 2, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Solihull motors Rotherham
    Some game
    Rotherham 3-0 down after 70 minutes
    4-3 up 91st minute

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 2, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #2

    “RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:41 AM Comment #12

    Tsunki “mid to lower table…. will be the standard indefinitely”

    And you know that how? I think it’s way too early to judge. We need to see how he manages to keep this squad together and replace those that leave.

    Granted, we need to see how much authority he has in player selection first”

    Sorry, Robleenio, terrible day, far too busy to come back straight away to see your reply to my hypothesis. But now I’m here may I just say – who do you think you’re trying to patronise with your mealy-mouthed condescending tone? Go back and read what I said and then have a go at context you smarmy twerp. “….And you know that how?” Man what a toad. 😐 How about you telling me why that scenario WON’T happen before getting all haughty about it eh?

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 2, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #3

    essex

    if you look at what we say we spend on wages then go through the first team and what it is they are reported to earn its never close
    i have to say i have not looked for a long time

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 2, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we will struggle against Sheffield United
    Especially to pick their runners up from deep. They use pace and their players are big and powerful as to City who are smaller
    We had time to pick Man City players up as they don’t tend to run from deep but pass the ball around probing for openings which we had time to block

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 2, 2019 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #5

    And as for an indefinitely lasting standard, what average league place would you put is in over the last twelve years? Mediocre, right? Pretty consistently so, wouldn’t you say? Might wanna think your stuff through before you grip your knees and squeeze it out. 🙂

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 2, 2019 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry about the rant everyone; weasel bite. Nasty stuff.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 2, 2019 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #7

    You really just don’t want to go down, because the loss of revenue is the real killer, and you need a stable manager as insurance against it.

    Honestly speaking, I’d say the best we can hope for under this owner is Steve Bruce staying on, helping us to maintain our EPL place.

    Mid table, players running around for the shirt, the odd blood nose and black eye delivered to the big lads.

    That’s ya lot, at best.

    He had the chance to run it right and also sustainably and profitably with Rafa, but baulked at speculating to accumulate, even to the slightest degree.

    Ashley Out!

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 2, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Other than possibly Leicester every club outside of the top 6 have one real aim every season whether they make it public or not… to stay in the Prem.

    The way some on here go on you’d think our aim to do exactly that as a priority is sacrilege.

    And, that all we need to gatecrash the top 6 is to get an ‘ambitious’ owner who will flash the cash.

    Try telling that to Everton or West Ham fans.

    Spurs have spent fortunes and have just sacked Poch. We sacked SBR after he’d finished in the top 5 three seasons on the trot – and at the time there were plenty of fickle fans who agreed he should go.

    I want a new owner, but there is every chance that the next one could be no better or even worse than MA.

    Unless Arsenal and Man U start pulling rabbits out of hats quick it won’t be a top 6 anymore, it will be an elite 2 Lpool and City, 4 fallen but wealthy elites Arsenal, Man U, Chelsea and Spurs, 1 real challenger Leicester, and the rest. And if Leicester don’t replace Vardy when the time comes and lose Rodgers and the likes of Maddison and that CH their reign may be short lived.

    It will take a miracle or a multi-billionaire buyer spending a good few 100 million to get us where most fans, including me, want us to be… competing again in the Champs Lge regularly.

    That isn’t me being negative.

    Just realistic.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 2, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #9

    We need an owner who’ll invest wisely. You do need to ensure the club has the correct infrastructure in place to grow, and that means putting some extra in when and where needed. It comes back of course, with profit, when it’s spent well.

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