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Pundit Can’t See A Repeat For Liverpool At St. James’ Park



BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his latest Premier League predictions. He has Newcastle losing 2-0 to Liverpool at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.

This is his take on the match:

Newcastle have not had a great week but that won’t change their game plan against Liverpool, which will be to make it as difficult as possible for them – like West Brom did, really.

Liverpool got through the Baggies defence once early on and are usually relentless until the game is done and dusted, but they did not do enough in the second half to make the points safe.

I can’t see that happening again at St James’ Park.

West Brom, under Sam Allardyce, picked up a shocking point in a 1-1 draw at Anfield yesterday. After the match, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp referenced Big Sam’s park the bus tactics.

Here is what Klopp said after yesterday’s match:

“It’s not the first time in my life we haven’t won a game we should have won.

“It’s not like we are all depressed or whatever.

“The boys are more angry than anything else because they know it was not perfect. Now we have the next game in three days (at Newcastle United on Wednesday).

“We don’t live in dreamland where we just win games because we want to win them, we have to work for it, play for it and finish situations and pass at the right moment. The boys are able to do that.

“West Brom had a new manager and played a first half I haven’t seen a lot too many times in my life with a 6-4-0. That’s completely fine.

“We have to be disciplined in a different way. We have to be offensive, active and creative, and defend. We could have done that better tonight.”

As Lawro states, Newcastle’s approach will be similar to the one at Manchester City on Saturday. Bruce will hope to have the same success West Brom had in frustrating the potent Liverpool attackers.

It’s probably not the time to take on Liverpool, who missed a chance to cushion their lead at the top of the table. They are now just 3 points ahead of Merseyside rivals, Everton.

We could see a very focused and determined Liverpool on Wednesday, who got only two shots on target against West Brom. With this match coming only three days later, Liverpool will still be seething.

As for Newcastle, the approach will be the same as against Manchester City, which to be honest is the same in almost every match. Newcastle will sit back, soak up pressure, and hope to strike on the break.

Mark Lawrenson doesn’t see a repeat performance from Liverpool on Wednesday at St. James’ Park. This match is likely to be another one of damage limitation for Newcastle United. But you never know what can happen in the Premier League.

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69 comments so far

  • Optimistic prime

    Dec 28, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Citeh have plenty possession but don’t score many this year.

    Bindippers could have a field day against us.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 28, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2

    we’ll only get beat by 3 and Bruce will tell us what a great performance it was and how he can see the improvement with possession of 24/76% and how ungrateful we are of all his hard work,
    i’m a geordie ya na i only have to keep us up !!

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  • Optimistic prime

    Dec 28, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Alls well then 😉

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  • hibbit

    Dec 28, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #4

    #bruceOUT

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 28, 2020 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Jail when you watch the Liverpool game remember to keep an eye on your blood pressure and whatever you do don’t laugh too hard. 🙂

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  • kilcline

    Dec 28, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Set up to only lose by 3 at home, we are a disgrace of a club and Bruce should hang his fat head in shame.

    Get out of our club!!!

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  • TheTinman

    Dec 28, 2020 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Haha what a great article this is.

    Just shows you! I was genuinely worried for the sanity of one or two of these pundits who supported Bruce. But now it is all oh so clear.

    https://www.themag.co.uk/2020/12/steve-bruce-signed-up-with-this-agency-very-interesting-which-pundits-also-with-them-newcastle-united/

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  • Goofy

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    To all those who think we’re not gonna get relegated are definitely too optimistic.

    What does Bruce actually do as manager? I mean our midfielders do absolutely nothing, they do not press, run over pass forward the majority of the time. A decent side will press but then that comes down to fitness, Bruce seems far to laid back, “it’s ok boys, we’ll get it next time, nice play there son you almost made a nice one two” it’s pathetic and we have to watch this crap week in week out and are completely poweess, all of our opinions seems to fall on deaf ears, i have no managerial experience but am confident i’d do a better job.
    Bruce can say, it’s corona, there’s too many games during the festives. I watched Brighton against West Ham, they pressed and got a result and they have the same probs we have. Stop making excuses Bruce and just walk, you have zero respect from our fans, pther teams and probably other managers think you’re a joke.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Tinman – Goths PJ’s posted that from a Twitter page this morning. If true it’s hardly surprising and explains an awful lot about who is behind protecting their clients brand. This should be posted as a comment under every article these chumps appear in.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #10

    If you’ve got Salah as Captain it might be worth considering your triple captain card. 🙁

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Not even going to bother watching the Liverpool game. Can’t be arsed.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Tinman @7
    Well waddya know?!
    If Danny ‘i don’t know what they want’ Murphy pops up with them too – GUILTY

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki

    Mentioning the agent connection really is a must when fans get through to phone ins – especially where Savage is involved.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Looking at those photos Simon Jordan and Savage clearly use the same hair n makeup salon too.
    Hey maybe they could do Bruce..?

    Err, nah.

    Can’t make a silk purse outa a sows ear etc

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #15

    FF Post

    Well team is locked in now, 2 more GWs to enjoy before it all comes apart in my loss to Jail in GW18 (

    I hope those of you who still has your first wildcard used it before the deadline..

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  • Regan

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve had to take a 8 point hit..
    Another defeat looms..

    Definitely been bruced…

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Stop taking big hits Regan!!!

    No need bud, that way leads to pain, hate and the dark side of the game.

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Great read by mick Martin at true faith. Hits the nail on the head regarding cabbage head. Teiwd posting the whole article but won’t seem to upload it.

    https://t.co/R1PviSvUPt?amp=1

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Bruce leave with the dead wood in January

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  • Mund

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #20

    I took a -8 once but had Son on a triple captain which got me 39 points so made up for it but wouldn’t take one into a H2H without that as even a -4 has lost me a game

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  • Mund

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #21

    That reminds me well played Cathedral.

    Free fall at the minute me

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  • hibbit

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #22

    even if they sacked Bruce straight after the Leicester game would this set of clowns be smart enough to have someone lined up and who would it be ??????
    No i thought not !!!

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  • Regan

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Vardy benched….

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  • Regan

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Bruce phoned me and said take a -8 Regan…..

    Kicking pebbles emoji…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #25

    hibbit,
    I’m not sure about how fans in the ground would affect their decision but he’s not going anywhere. Pardew endured a half a season of abuse and instead of sacking him they bought him SDJ, Cabella and Jaanmat.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #26

    We hear it time and time again. We’re seven points off the drop and never looked like being relegated, he’s Ashley’s man through and through. I doubt very much he’ll get sacked until it’s too late and they’ll approach Eddie Howe who must love Ryan Fraser.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #27

    (Warning, mundane FF post follows).

    Omg, I signed Maddison and Vardy, and captained Vardy for my FF; the thinking being that Palace are falling apart atm. I suppose the one blessing is that Maddison isn’t even on the bench. Watch now how Vardy gets 5 minutes at the end of the game.

    Full on first world problems today.

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  • fairscup

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Lee Clark short term (until supposed take over or who knows) at least he’s got some passion.

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Mund

    Cheers, that’s 3 in a row for me now. Was a bit close going into that last match. Good job neto got me that assist.

    If results go as expected one way or another I can see cabbage head out by the end of January. If lardey does get rid of cabbage head on his own vallition would the consortium allow lardey to appoint the next gopher who woupd only be in to the end of the season anyway?

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Not-football-related:

    Jared Kushner’s kids’ grandfather, Charles, is pardoned by Jared Kushner’s kids’ grandfather, Donald (Tr*mp).

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  • hibbit

    Dec 28, 2020 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail i’ll be gobsmacked if they sack him,
    Bruce can’t handle any form of criticism or threat to his authority as has been proved time and time again, so if we had fans in the ground and they were giving him a hard time he would fold eventually but till fans get back in the ground in numbers he wont be sacked and he wont walk,

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Dec 28, 2020 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #32

    FF Post

    So who went with Vardy over Kane then???

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 28, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail

    I warned you not to start dancing on the table at MagicMags! 🙂

    Seriously though given all of the places you have been having to spend time in lately the latest must be a real downer.

    Doesn’t sound too serious so hopefully you’ll be up and about soon, all he best!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 28, 2020 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #34

    ElMohady, wow the management are really pushing the boat out, top ten here we come!
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    NOT!

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  • Regan

    Dec 28, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Goths..
    Took him out….
    Put Bamford in..

    0
  • magicmac54

    Dec 28, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #37

    The real kick in the nuts for us long suffering fans is Bruce is the perfect manager for that other scumbag Ashley, a total yes man who wont question the way Ashley runs the club, goes along with Ashley being happy to finish in the top 17, Bruce is out of the same mould as his pay master, a liar and a fraud, full of bullshit and deception, and trying to pull the wool over our eyes at every opportunity, Ashley Bruce and Charnley are 3 despicable and untrustworthy human beings, who simply have no right to be anywhere near a great and proud club like Newcastle United. HWTL.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 28, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #38

    The GTMs friends can support him as much as they like but it aint gonna change how the (huge) majority of Toon fans feel about him.

    He should retain some dignity and walk now, let Harper or Watson take temporary charge until we get Tuchel in. (He’s available now)

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  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Essex

    What’s GTM?

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  • eggman

    Dec 28, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #40

    for the FFers

    GW 18 is a skinny week for fixtures just 5
    GW 19 is a Double game week for alot of teams – if you haven’t started planning would do it now – you can get really good points in weeks like these

    Consider Free Hit Chip and bench boost (gw19)in those weeks

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