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Pundit Declares Survival Race Is Down To Four Teams In His Latest NUFC Prediction



BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his Premier League predictions for this weekend’s matches. He has Newcastle losing to Manchester United by a score of 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Here is some of his reasoning behind this prediction:

Newcastle are the team that everyone in the bottom three thinks they can catch – realistically they are the only other team who could still be dragged into the relegation places.

The Magpies are not playing well, and that gives the sides below them hope that if they keep going they can catch them.

I don’t see anything happening at Old Trafford to change that.

Manchester United have had a few problems at home in breaking down teams who go there just to defend but I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will find a way through.

At the other end, I’m not convinced by Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof as being a center-half pairing good enough to win the title – Maguire lacks a turn of pace while Lindelof is decent but not strong enough.

You know you can get at them but, without the injured Callum Wilson, the Magpies won’t carry much of a threat.

Yikes, that is a brutal assessment from Lawrenson that the battle to avoid the drop is down to a four-team race, with Newcastle being the only one the bottom three can realistically catch.

I’m not sure I fully agree with that but it’s nonetheless a sobering declaration from someone who has backed Steve Bruce at times this season. He’s also not bought into the notion that Newcastle have played well recently, despite our improved performances against Everton and Southampton.

Lawro’s belief that Newcastle don’t carry much of a threat without Callum Wilson was borne out at Chelsea earlier this week. While the opposition was better, the Magpies were a shell of their recent selves without Wilson at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win with Newcastle increasing their levels in the second half after a tepid start to the match. Lawrenson is predicting the same scoreline despite calling into question the quality of Manchester United’s center-back partnership.

Manchester United were held in check at West Brom over the weekend and only managed a 1-1 draw. They are taking on Real Sociedad in the Europa League and are righting the ship up 2-0 at the time of writing. But it is a quick turnaround for them to Sunday.

Hopefully, Newcastle will come out out of the gate with much more intent than at Chelsea. The lads need to put in a performance and keep it tight at the back to have any chance on Sunday.

By the time kick-off comes around, Lawrenson’s proclamation that it is a four-team race for survival could look prescient depending on how some of the teams around us perform on Saturday, though Brighton and Crystal Palace don’t play until Monday.

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276 comments so far

  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh shut up you Mavis Wilton wannabe. Gets on me nerves this bloke.

    11
  • kimbo

    Feb 18, 2021 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #2

    We are certain for relegation.

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  • kimbo

    Feb 18, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Bruceless has no idea how to get out of our slump over the next 14 games.

    8
  • Tonyd3b54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Wilson injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. We finally look to be play decent football and the man on the end of it goes down. Maybe we’d have 9 more points if you played this way from the start brucie

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 18, 2021 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Having admitted that we start badly, give away soft goals and loose games in the first half, Bruce has promised that we’ll start games now on the front foot and with tempo.

    I wait with baited breath as to how we put Man U on the back foot for a full 90minutes.

    12
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m just wondering if it was particularly fiddly velcro straps, or a very tight fit that made it so difficult for Steve to get those gloves off for so long.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Perseverance and Ingenuity are soon to land on Mars. Some years hence another Mars explorer will bring back rock samples that have been collected up on the first visit. The plan is that the rocks will be back on Earth by 2031.Ten years after.

    Meanwhile on earth Ashley has failed every mission over 14 years.

    Runs from room screaming. Aaaagh

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Mark Lawrenson, the thinking man’s Roland Rat.

    He’s definitely the Guesswork King of the Pundits all other lousy pundits aspire to. I mean has anyone actually calculated his prexiction accuracy percentage?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Prediction accuracy..

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Doesn’t Bruce wear mittens, with wool connecting them?

    4
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Actually he’s second only to….. Toon legend Michael Owen! That’s me told. 🙁

    3
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #12

    He’s roughly 50% accurate. Isn’t that the law of averages?

    3
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #13

    OP it’s possible Lee gave him his special mittens connected by elastic through his sleeves hence auto-retracting. It all makes sense now. Imagine trying to use a crayon on your tactics jotter while wearing mittens? And of they were Lees originally there will definitely be an old half eaten chewit in one of them.

    3
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #14

    This is exhausting. Not as exhausting as scrolling over it though you say ha ha.. trying to keep the post count up is tough so come on people – do we have to rely on the nighshift for everything? 🙂

    2
  • lesh

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #15

    George Caulkin’s piece is, I believe, realistic.

    He’s said to have Staveley’s ear and she, like him can see relegation as a real possibility. That being so, she’s putting the reality of the need for Ashley to reconsider his asking price and or terms if we do go down. Whether Ashley’ll do that’s another matter.

    Staveley’s no slouch and like the Reubens and PIF, she’s shrewd.

    In saying that, that message would’ve been passed to Ashley before now and I worry that when we’ve all seen relegation as a real threat under Bruce, he’s done nothing to get the good ship NUFC on course for avoiding the drop.

    I worry that Ashley might be playing hard ball and if we drop, he’ll live with that try to get promoted first time – for the third time! But will he keep Bruce to see his contract out? That is a real concern.

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Tsunki
    As Lawrenson always predicts a toon loss he’s bound to be fairly accurate this season!

    3
  • toonluvva

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Lesh

    Our Beloved Owner may want to play “hardball” and risk relegation and all that entails.

    But there is absolutely no guarantee that we would be promoted first time, especially if Bruceless remains and can you see any capable manager agreeing to work for Ashley?

    What we need is for someone to shake up Ashley and point this out to him. Sadly he only surrounds himself with “yes” men and no-one will bother to tell the truth.

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  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Why wouldnt the turd thionk he can just bounch right back ?
    Hes done it twice before

    Just hoy a bunch of money at it , do some BS scripted Sky interview
    Bosh
    Job done
    Another few years of robbing the club blind
    Selling puts an end to his gravy train
    Why would he ?

    Hes had so many real chances before, hasnt he
    Hes never wanted to sell us
    Probably never will

    4
  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Lets not pretend this is the only time hes had a real chance of selling
    Its far FAR from it

    We would like to think this time due to a bunch od wishful thinking
    If he sells yes he gets a lumpa
    But the money ends there

    Hes built his tat shops on the back of football via us
    Look at his actions at Rangers

    Hes no intention of selling

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #21

    We have to believe we won’t get relegated because that’s doomsday for us! We just won’t get back this time for years.
    The first time we had a good squad and a good manager. Last time we had a top manager who built a team to get promoted.
    This time we’ll have a crap team and a worse manager because Bruce will stay and Ashley lose interest completely!
    God I hate Ashley and Charnley for what they’ve done to us !

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  • lesh

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #22

    toonluvva

    @17

    Spot on.

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  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Look at the net worth and the size of SD ( Fraser Group ) now
    Compare it to what he had back in 2007

    He bled us dry to build his tat shops
    With a constant flow of cash
    And a side show gambling on players sales
    We are being treat like another tat shop

    70% off
    SALE
    Everything must go

    6
  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #24

    He wont leave us till we end up like Mackems
    He will do an Ellis
    Unless some government agency or the like steps in

    He has no idea how to make money without his little piggy bank propping up his tat

    3
  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #25

    You really think hundreds of millions we got in TV money over the years has gotten anywhere near the club ?
    The shirt deal pretty much as payed for the net spend on players
    Weve the loweest wage bill in the prem and some Championship teams

    Why would he sell ?
    Yes he needs to look like hes selling , hes good at that
    But are we to believe this times special ?

    WHY ?

    4
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Is it just me or are these posts reading like people have had a few beverages whilst they’ve been writing them.

    3
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #27

    The only positive Steve Bruce has brought to the club this season is on the Covid tests.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Carson80,
    Tru Dat

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Hello, HELLO, HELLLLOOOO.
    Just me then, I’ll bid thee all good night.

    1
  • DrGloom

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Easiest assesment lawrenson will ever have to make , paid for stating the obvious..at least he’s stopped saying Bruce is doing better than Ashley at this stage in the season

    1
  • DrGloom

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Better than Rafa even … I’ve had a few

    2
  • lochinvar

    Feb 18, 2021 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Reality is that if covid restrictions are lifter the 2021/2022 season will kick off with full house attendances and a great surge of energy from supporters letting off steam after a year being couped up like chickens.TV coverage will lap it up so Ashley wants that to protect his Sports Dire exposure. Relegation would kill all that.

    2
  • DrGloom

    Feb 18, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Loch – I don’t think so , every toon fan I know is so fed up of this whole regime and have said enoughs enough , they’ve got used to not going and saving money .. will be interesting, especially if Ashley and Bruce are still here next season

    2
  • Wor B

    Feb 18, 2021 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Right that’s Pointless, early evening news and dinner sorted.

    I hope Tsunki’s alarm has gone off so he can join the night shift!

    4
  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Good evening guys, disappointing but not overly surpising news tonight, our lockdown has now been extended to at least the 1st of April, boy oh boy they are crazy and very difficult times indeed.

    1
  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2021 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Ok a wild guess

    Id say the lockdown wont end before December 25th
    They will have a relaxation
    The ywill have teir systems
    But it wont end this year

    :0

    2
  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon22

    Why do you always look on the bright side of life he he he he

    3
  • Wor B

    Feb 18, 2021 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #38

    OK folks, stand by…

    Tonight’s non-footie subject will be addressable Fire alarm panels and optional back-up power requirements…

    ADT or C-TEC ? Discuss

    Should make any newcomers feel welcome. 🙂

    3
  • Romford mag

    Feb 18, 2021 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #39
  • Romford mag

    Feb 18, 2021 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Sorry early evening shift 🙂

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