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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

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #241

    Off to bring my mum for her vaccination, yippee 🙂

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  • DrGloom

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #242

    Anyway, good luck to Sunderland – hopefully they won’t be above us next season

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  • Just a fan

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #243

    I thought banks would be doing well during the crisis with no one taking there savings out but I assume they have no one to lend the money to.

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #244

    Dr Gloom
    PIF are not at the table but numerous sources have confirmed they have agreed to buy the club once given the green light by the EPL through Ashley’s lawyers!
    Get on the programme man!

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  • Mund

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #245

    Gloom

    So what’s the point then? Why are the consortium still around? If the Saudis are definitely gone wouldn’t it all be pointless?

    Come on mate logic comes into play on this one

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #246

    Just a fan
    Banks don’t make their money by not lending it. Didn’t you know?

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #247

    Toon22 is no different than any other Newcastle United fan as he is desperate for a takeover and to finally get rid of Ashley, but to say Ashley is a willing seller ill keep my powder dry on that one, i guess we will get the answer in the next few months.

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #248

    Just a fan
    Sorry that was probably your point!

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #249

    54
    I think Ashley has just lost interest in the toon.
    Buying players is too risky for him; he is a gambler but the wages you have to pay nowadays on 5 year contracts is ridiculous. Joelinton; 80k a week for 5 years after paying 40 million for him equals £20 million plus 40 that’s 60 million quid and that’s one player! And he’s useless!

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #250

    In my humble opinion if the takeover doesn`t happen in the future it wont be down to the saudi`s or even the premier league, it will be Ashley who will screw it up, the next few months will tell if Ashley is a willing seller or not, lets all just sit tight and see how this all plays out.

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  • Reilly

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #251

    Keith Downie
    @SkySports_Keith
    Steve Bruce admits Newcastle are looking over their shoulders at Fulham catching:
    “From 13th down you’re looking over your shoulder. Fulham are confident they can catch us? Well let’s see where we are at the end of the season.” #NUFC
    10:31 am · 19 Feb 2021 from Byke

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #252

    Bruce press conference for Man Utd

    “They are an excellent side. So many wonderful players. As you know it is club close to my heart. My club. I have a little wager on them winning the league. If we can help them a little on that journey then so be it. This game is about them, not us. I hope we can help their goal difference in chasing down City.”

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  • Mund

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #253

    If Ashley was going to screw it up he wouldn’t be spending a fortune trying to get the deal approved

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  • geordietom

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #254

    . At a local derby between Arsenal and Spurs last season, a spectator suddenly found himself in the thick of dozens of flying bottles.

    “There’s nothing to worry about, lad,” said the elderly chap standing next to him…
    “It’s like the bombs during the war. You won’t get hit unless the bottle’s got your name on it.”

    “That’s just what I’m worried about…,” said the fan,”…my name’s Johnny Walker.”

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #255

    “Let’s see where we are at the end of the season”

    Is he taking the piss?

    Has anyone told him he’s the manager and its his job to keep us up.

    What a utter tool

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  • geordietom

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #256

    A Newcastle United fan liked to amuse himself by scaring every Black Cats supporter he saw strutting down the street in an obnoxious Sunderland jersey. He would swerve his van as if to hit them, then swerve back just missing them. One day while driving along, he saw a priest. He thought he would do a good deed, so he pulled over and asked the priest, “Where are you going, Father?” “I’m going to give Mass at St. Francis church, about two miles down the road,” replied the priest. “Climb in, Father. I’ll give you a lift!” The priest climbed into the passenger seat, and they continued down the road. Suddenly, the driver saw a SAFC supporter walking down the road, and he instinctively swerved as if to hit him. But, as usual, he swerved back onto the road just in time. Even though he was certain that he had missed the guy, he still heard a loud THUD. not knowing where the noise came from, he glanced in his mirrors but still didn’t see anything. He then remembered the priest, and he turned to the priest and said, “sorry Father, I almost hit that Sunderland supporter.” “That’s OK,” replied the priest “I got him with the door.”

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #257

    @Munster

    50 million a season plus player sales would actually take us to Leicester levels very quickly as thats roughly what they put in give or take

    With better scouting and organisation that money could go seriously far

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  • geordietom

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #258

    OP …

    he took the piss as soon as he took the job on …

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #259

    Tom

    I can’t believe he’s so nonchalant, coming out with statements like that.

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  • Reilly

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #260

    “Well let’s see where we are at the end of the season” .

    He’s a disgrace to this great club.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #261

    OP …

    he’s lost the plot mate he just doesnt care …

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #262

    Loch

    Thanks for your efforts, I’d prefer a brunch time announcement, thanks.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #263

    I am an optimistic person, but you have to look at the stats

    We have been in the bottom 2 of the stats ALL season. Not just recently.

    Fulham have been quietly catching us for 5 weeks now.

    It is inevitable we will drop into the bottom three soon enough.

    This club is heading to the Championship, and neither the players, ‘Manager’ or Owner seem aware of this. So much nonchalance from all of them.

    Without the takeover going through next month, I fear we are down.

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #264

    Op and Reilly, took the words right out of my mouth. I’d be amazed he said that, but at this point i’m not surprised by the ridiculous comments and statements that come out of his mouth. Would do everyone a favour if he just stopped talking to anyone, pressers, interviews etc

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #265

    Lee, once we don’t blow 40 on another Joel! 🙂

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #266

    If Bruce, the players or some fans aren’t terrified of relegation right now then they need to wake up. There hasn’t been any significant signs of improvement all season, even recently has just been the tiniest step up in play and now Wilson is out, we look lost again. Fulham play far better football than us and look way more up for it and hungrier. I hope we don’t fall into it but it looks almost unavoidable if you take everything into consideration. Our team and manager haven’t shown us enough all season to suggest they can pick themselves up and drag themselves up the table comfortably away from danger.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #267

    Moonraker15
    Good morning fella, thanks for your post, all iam saying is time will tell whether Ashley is a willing seller or not, but keep in mind Ashley is the master of Deception and smoke and mirrors, lets just take a deep breath and see how this all just plays out over the next few months, i live my life in facts and not fiction, at the moment not one fan really knows what is going on in the backdown, yes i know its the uncertainty that kills us, but thats all we have at the moment Moonraker

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  • geordietom

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #268

    Or he’s nonchalant because he knows his job is safe for now …

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  • Reilly

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #269

    Miles Starforth
    @milesstarforth
    ·
    1m
    Steve Bruce on Fulham: ‘I’ve always said it’s your accumulation of points, & what you get at the end of the season. That’ll never change. No matter what anybody else does you’ve got to set yourself a target. They (Fulham) are still struggling to win as well.’

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #270

    We’ve stooped so low that we now have a manager basically saying ‘Don’t worry about relegation, there’s at least another team worse than us who will take the last spot so it’s all good’.

    How inspiring.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #271

    Steve Bruce , team talk before the match ” Here’s The Ball Lads Lets Play ”…

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #272

    After the Chelsea game, Sky Sports interviewed Bruce. He admitted that we were being overun down the left side against Krath in the first 10 minutes. He admitted he saw that, like everyone else. But the next thing out of his mouth was unreal

    “So we decided to change it after the break”

    And Sky never questioned this! He waited an hour to make the change he saw that was needed after 10 minutes. An hour??!! And that change was Joelinton.

    Never in my life, have I seen a worse manager.

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #273

    Morning all, i hope we are all in fine fettle.

    So Caulkin reckons the consortium are still wanting to buy the club if we go down, can`t see a problem with that at all, oh wait, yeah, forgot about Jabba.
    The only way Ashley will drop his price is if he is guaranteed the parachute payment after relegation, that seems a possibility .
    Does anyone think he will sell for any significant amount less than what he wants.
    A poster mentioned Staveley`s court case is due a verdict, if she wins her 800M i wonder if she will be tempted to buy us outright with the PIF and the Reuben`s cutting in later. Hmmm, nah it was just a thought.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #274

    Bruce’s record on relegations alone makes it even more unfathomable how he still gets gigs.

    Just getting rid of Bruce without necessarily replacing him would be a step in the right direction. I just can’t handle his negativity.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #275

    Well it looks pretty obvious now that Fulham have a road map in place to avoid relegation, they see Newcastle as the weakest link in the chain, and with Bruce almighty in our corner who can blame them, they seem to be on to something.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #276

    Well it looks pretty obvious now Fulham have a road map in place to avoid relegation, they see Newcastle as the weakest link in the chain, and with Bruce Almighty in our corner who can blame them, they seem to be on to something.

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