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Pundit Cites The Absence Of The Toon Army In His Prediction For Tottenham At Newcastle



BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League matches. He has Newcastle losing 2-0 to Spurs as St. James’ Park on Sunday.

Here is Lawro’s reasoning behind his prediction:

Newcastle badly need a lift and a win, but it is hard to see them getting either here. If fans were allowed into grounds then the Toon Army would be laying into the Magpies, and rightly so.

Tottenham have had their problems recently too, but they were decent in their win over Aston Villa last time out.

If Son Heung-min is fit then that will be a boost for Spurs, but I still think they will win this one without him.

Tottenham were eliminated from the Europa League after a 3-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb a few weeks ago. However, they followed that up with a solid 2-0 win at Aston Villa before the break. It seems the international break may have come at an opportune time for both clubs.

Lawrenson emphasizes the availability of Son Heung-min, who missed Tottenham’s 2-0 win at Aston Villa with a hamstring injury. Spurs have posted images of Son training during Thursday’s session so the South Korean could be available for Sunday.

Newcastle also could get a boost with the return of both Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin. Both players are back in training with Wilson potentially in line to start on Sunday.

While a win seems unlikely on Sunday, the minimum expectation is a fighting performance from the lads. If Newcastle fail to show up, as was the case at Brighton before the break, then the evidence is beyond reproach that Steve Bruce has lost this squad and needs to be replaced.

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155 comments so far

  • count

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #1

    An oldy, but a goody…

    https://youtu.be/CTqwFDLQxfY

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #2

    We are capable of playing so much better than we most often do, which makes it all so infuriating, but this is exactly the sort of game we turn up for. They have great players and a big name manager, and we are are now in a fight for our lives, and if that doesn’t light a fire under us nothing will. I think we’ll do well to come away with anything, but I wouldn’t discount it.

    Spuds 2 – Toon 22. 🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Lawrenson hates Newcastle.Thicko as well.

    But he might be right on this occasion – victory to Spurs..

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Just out of general interest, it’s the time when clubs produce their annual accounts (obviously, not us, because we’re always late)

    Anyway, I was going through the accounts of several clubs who have reported during March and Everton stood out, they are clearly in breach of current FFP rules.

    So,I’m wondering if (or when) the PL will pull them up on this and what kind of punishment they will incur?

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  • count

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Still keen on the garlic and chips Mund?

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  • carltoon

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #6

    FFP, rules do any of the clubs even bother to follow them. They break them and usually the punishment is overturned.

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  • Wor B

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Nicky

    Agreed, we are capable of so much better!

    Just a question of how we can produce it.

    Selection, formation, tactics, heart, fitness, motivation and some luck.

    It’s gonna take all the pieces to fall into place.

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #8

    That was a top tip today about the jug for the ice, was getting fed up with carrying the freezer through to the kitchen. Works a treat, good old tw@tter.

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Carltoon,

    Most clubs do….which should be commended.
    I want to know happens to the clubs that don’t

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  • carltoon

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #10

    And hopefully the team have trained together for a couple of days.

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  • toon22

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Its a shame FFP dont apply to us
    Weve got it the exact opposite to most everyone else
    We dont actually spend the money on the club

    Should be as against the rules as over spending
    Teams like us need regualtions to help protect football from people exactly like our parasite

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  • toon22

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #12

    I wonder if will ever find out just how much money hes robbed from us
    I dobut its possible
    But im guessign its a colossal sum

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  • carltoon

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #13

    NYmag the bigger teams bend the rules, and get away with it.

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  • toon22

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #14

    carltoon

    I bet they have had more days of than had training
    While there i bet they didnt say more than 100 words to the clown

    They dont do tactics so i wonder what they actualy do ?

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  • carltoon

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Chelsea and Man city got sanctions or was that for something else.

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Carltoon,

    Indeed, I agree with you.

    Everton, while clearly breaching FFP regulations claimed that their commercial revenue has increased by more then 100%, this was because of a sponsorship deal from their owners company on stadium naming rights.

    On a stadium that hasn’t even been built yet…..unbelievable

    I would love to see them docked points and relegated (cheating the system should not be allowed)

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  • Wor B

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Uncertain

    I now have this mental image of you as Mrs Overall serving the soup in Acorn Antiques.

    😀

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  • carltoon

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Don’t think Bruce has been to the training, that might not be true though.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s so unfair, and the rules apparently are going to be changed so teams can spend as much as they like. So we don’t get an owner who is willing to spend, we may as well go down.

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Wor B,

    No need to go mental pal 🙂

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Bruce should just stay off the training ground altogether and let Bonna get on with it. By all means be a part of the strategy, pick the team together, watch training from the sidelines, give the teamtalk before they run out on match day etc, but essentially let Bonna oversee its application on the training ground. These players have just not been sufficiently well prepared to hold their own in this league, despite being lower mid table in quality.

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Nicky,

    I understand where you’re coming from re:Bruce

    But what exactly has graham jones got to offer?

    If we’d sacked Bruce and brought Jones in as a replacement, we’d of all said league 1 failure.

    Why, all of a sudden is he our savior?

    BTW, Ive got nothing against graham jones, I don’t know anything about him

    1
  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Carltoon,

    Spending as much as you like will never happen.

    Some COVID exceptions on revenue will obviously be allowed.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #24

    He’s an accomplished coach NY, something Steve Bruce and the other Steve’s aren’t.

    I’m not suggesting he be given the role of manager. I’m suggesting he be given the responsibility for the practical preparation of the side on the training pitch during the week, and I don’t think he’s any savior either, just that that’d be our best bet as things are.

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #25

    NY,

    Why do I get the feeling clurbs are going to get a pass on the FFP thing because of Covid?

    They’ve already said they’re looking at it, to make it for the here and now expenditure as opposed to the future.

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #26

    That’s a bit harsh on all the Steve’s there. They are accomplished to a degree, just not sufficiently at this level, whereas Bonna is. Bruce isn’t a total dud as a manager either, but for sure you’d have to say he needs to have a top tactician by his side and a top coach running the training sessions, otherwise it comes up short in the top flight.

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Uncertain,

    Clubs are reporting the loss of revenue due to COVID, I’m assuming that is a requirement from the PL.

    I’ve read the accounts so far from wolves, Everton and Southampton. They all make the COVID loss a “thing”

    Everton, even with that are in breach of FFP rules, they should be charged and deducted points.
    I’m not normally so absolute on things, but they should be brought to task.

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Jones is the saviour coz he’s not Bruceballs

    NY is the saviour coz he’s not Bruceballs

    Me and Nicky are the saviours coz we’re not Bruceballs although we might have arguments picking the team 🙂

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #29

    I think we have a great duo.

    I’m going for a win on Sunday….carling with sake shots 🙂

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Garlic and chips? …

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Mund,

    Was it nice?

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Dunno mate can’t stand Garlic lol

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #33

    NY,

    They did spend a lot over a couple of seasons right enough mate. Is FFP not over 3 seasons or sumick though?

    Could they turn round and say to FFP, well actually we weren’t going to spend any money this season?

    It’s all w*nk mate. They’ll get away with it ,FIFA,UEFA,EPL tis all the same.

    I used to think Everton were ok till I found out the spitter Carragher was an Evertonian 🙂

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Neither can I mate…..but each to their own 🙂

    1
  • NY Mag

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Uncertain,

    They got away with it last year ( because it’s measured over a three year period)

    This year it’s clearly a breach – I want the full Monty hoyed at them 🙂

    1
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Mund,

    Did you watch the Steve Wraith Tommy Robinson thing, what did you think?

    I got to the end, didn’t think it was too bad to be honest. EDL went big too quick and veered off what it was supposed to be all about. Tommy couldn’t control it.
    But that’s what he’ll be known for, when you go too far there ain’t any coming back, twitter and facebook make sure of that!

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #37

    NY,

    Stop the bus right now pal, did you mention Carling?

    Can you get Carling there?
    Where?
    Need it for me little Carling travel book.

    I am serious now by the way!

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #38

    That’s a good question…I’ve never tried to buy Carling over here.

    We could be in uncharted waters (without a boat)

    😀

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #39

    Where’s the R2 tonight, I thought this was a bank holiday?

    Howay lads, help me out here.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2021 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #40

    carltoon,
    I wasn’t impressed with True Faith’s wind up earlier either, I know it’s just a joke but I think our situation is far too serious to joke about.

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