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Pundit Has Newcastle Stretching Winless Streak To Eight But There Are Some Positives

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League matches. He has Newcastle picking up a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Sunday.

Here is the reasoning Lawro gives behind his prediction:

A win would be a massive boost for Newcastle in their relegation battle. Similarly for Burnley, a victory for them would as good as put them safe.

The Magpies were decent in their draw with Tottenham last weekend and I think they will build on that by getting something here. I just don’t see Burnley being beaten though.

We suppose a draw wouldn’t be the end of the world. It would ensure that we remain ahead of Fulham for at least another week. If Fulham win on Friday at home against Wolves, we would be momentarily in the bottom three heading into the match. Lawrenson has Fulham losing 1-0 tomorrow.

However, another draw would stretch our winless stretch to eight matches which starts to rival the 11-match winless streak that got us into this mess in the first place. This is also our best opportunity to pick up three points for quite some time as the next four matches are against teams in the top half of the table.

We’ll likely find out tomorrow if Callum Wilson will be available for Sunday. The return of our star striker could be a game-changer for this one. If he’s not ready just yet, we could see Bruce field a similar team and system that played well and picked up a point against Spurs last weekend.

Whatever team Bruce fields, the minimum is to put in a performance to match last Sunday’s. This team needs to show that they can find some consistency down the stretch. That has not been the case thus far this season.

Incidentally, Lawro was pitted against American actor Steve Guttenberg of Police Academy fame. He has Newcastle winning 2-0 on Sunday. That would be such a monumental outcome for Newcastle United.

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188 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 9, 2021 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #161

    My take on this – for what it’s worth, Ashley won’t be there forever, nor will any of us, but our kids and grandchildren will be and in years to come (it will take years), theoretically NUST could be in a position to own a decent percentage, until then they’re basically doing a savings scheme – that doesn’t pay out physically but emotionally.

    IF it does really move the Trust will have to be run as a professional business with (say) a £5m+ a year turnover and interest that’s a huge amount of cash to give to trustees to have a say over – yes I know it goes to a trust vote and there are only two options, buy shares or give to charity – who will be taken on full time to run this? Who decides (Presumably the Board)? What salary will they expect? Office Space?

    In 5 years they have £25m in the bank, the owners don’t want to sell, the club isn’t floated, what happens then? Wait another 10 years and see if we can get £100m? Then the amount of cash is getting silly, that’s a lot of temptation there – what about how the first year cash is invested? It’s stupid to keep it in a bank account – doesn’t earn interest, so what happens then?

    I’ve still pledged though.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #162

    It looks like we might need it for when he royally tries to screw us over and send us in to oblivion if he doesn’t get his way.

  • Adamn_92

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #163

    Morning all, having slept on it I still feel positive about the pledge and don’t see a negative outcome really. Towards a stake or towards charity, both good things. I agree with some other posters though and feel the timing is a bit strange. Would make more sense to wait for the findings of the arbitration and this current ongoing takeover talk. If PIF was to fail in this takeover I feel like NUST then coming along with this pledge would have seen an unbelievable amount of support right off the bath, due to the anger in the fan base at another failed takeover. Would have been a really powerful ‘we’re not taking this anymore’ statement directly after another failed takeover. Announcing it now seems like a strange choice as everything is in limbo right now, in terms of who will be in charge next season and how will the future be looking if ownership changes hands. Waiting (hopefully) a few months to wait for the takeover decision surely wouldn’t have hurt?

    Still massively positive about it all, just from a personal view point I think waiting a little bit longer would have made an even louder and powerful statement.

  • Adamn_92

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #164

    right off the bath? haha interesting typo, I meant right off the bat!

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #165

    Allan Saint-Maximin has donated more than 60 care packages to NHS workers on Tyneside. These gifts include luxury confectionary boxes created by French chocolatiers, vouchers for leading high street shops and a note of appreciation from the Newcastle United winger.

    “To our real heroes,” it reads. “Game after game I am fortunate to be warmly applauded by people from Newcastle! But this time I wanted to be the one who’s applauding. I wanted to applaud you, the best team of my city, the hospital medical staff of Newcastle. I have great respect for what you did. Thank you for being there for us. Allan Saint-Maximin.” (Grauniad)

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #166

    One thing I missed out last night.

    Hearts raised their £12M with a fund containing 8,000 supporters.

    So average of £1500 each. I’m not sure how many years it took them.

    As of 6pm last night we already had over 7000 participants signed up.

    Again, simply do the maths, very large sums are possible with our fan base.

    Re, some of your concerns over payment etc. I’m asking the Trust a few questions today and will post their replies here at various times. On the Charity issue, I’m supposing everyone is happy if all the fund went to Sir Bobby’s foundation, or a split between his Alan Shearer’s?
    I’ll also ask the Trust if they’ll announce something along those lines.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #167

    St max, what a top man.

    Would be great to see him managed by a better coaching ticket. Very few talents like him around.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #168

    I’m really not sure why people are concerned about paying via their bank details. You’ve authorised a payment of x amount, they can’t take anymore. You give your bank details to random Irish or French energy companies to strangers on the phone, what’s the difference giving them to a fund sanctioned by Warren Barton. People spreading this mistrust could scupper it taking off.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #169

    Jail, there is a “processing company” involved similar to PayPal, just not as well known and probably charging lower fees which makes sense. They were mentioned on the Q&A last night. Can’t remember the name, but I’ll put everything up here as soon as I get answers.

  • magicmac54

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #170

    Allan Saint Maximin is not only a very special talent on a football pitch, but also a very special character of the pitch with a heart of gold, fair play to you lad in giving gifts to the national health service, i agree with Munster its a pity he wasn`t managed by a better coaching ticket. HWTL

  • magicmac54

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #171

    Good morning guys i hope your all very well, i get my second vaccine at 11-50am this morning, i hope to God we get back to work in the next two weeks, its been a long old slog not been aloud to work from christmas. HWTL

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #172

    Fraser Group will take a £200m hit this year.
    Oh dear
    How sad
    Never mind

    (Excluding the staff that will lose jobs as stores close for good)

  • magscar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #173


    Good on ASM especially if news comes from a recipient ( as it seems)

  • magscar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #174


    good news – is it Pfizer one?

  • magicmac54

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #175


    Good morning mate hows the form with you today? In answer to your question yes its the pfizer vaccine, have you had the vaccine yourself?

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #176

    Answers from Trust.

    The company handling payments are called GoCardless and anyone is able to do their own research on them if they wish. Their systems are encrypted and secure.

    Alternative payment methods are being looked into as there was an issue with International donations. Details will be announced when set up.

    The charities will be selected by a vote of the members of the Trust, if and when the time comes. It was pointed out that as this is intended to run for many years, it would be wrong to select current charities as there may be more relevant one’s at that time in the future. Again though emphasis on nothing being done with the money without full backing of total Trust membership which is now over 15,000, as many signed up yesterday.

    Hope that helps.

  • magscar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #177

    So we’re in reverse fixture period now and looking back to September Brighton beat us at home 0-3 we drew with Spurs1-1 and go on to beat Burnley 3-1 so what about Sunday – a win if history repeats itself ?

    0h if only it followed patterns

    We need to build momentum of perfomances and vitally results as since losses to Sheff U and Brentford we have been largely drifting – bar the Everton result and performance

    Regardless of Wolves Fulham tonight we have to go for it on Sunday but not in a cavalier fashion

    It’s also about putting pressure on team chasing you and those above you

    Fulham went through a feel good spell and we need to change this.

    Nothing worse in a race than to pull up on to shoulder of runner in front poised to overtake on final bend and straight and leader just kicks on leaving you trailing and spent

  • magicmac54

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #178


    Good morning Bob, i payed by debit card, and i got an email saying the payment will appear on my bank statement as GoCardless with ref number and will be payed on or shortly after April 14

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #179

    Go Cardless are used by over 50,000 businesses including U.K. gov and Guardian

    And are certified .

    Fully safe and secure
    GoCardless is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, and ISO27001 certified for security standards.

  • magscar

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #180


    Had 1st jab (AZ) 8 weeks ago today so would expect call in next 4 weeks if it goes to plan

    Strange situation though as whilst I live about 4 mile outside main town in area, my GP is not in the Town group of surgeries who have been using local Rugby club as a centre as well as some surgeries and forging ahead

    Mine instead is in a rural grouping so more scattered surgeries involved and have consistently lagged behind the Town group.They say they are jabbing as fast and in prescribed order as and when supplies are given

    Bit annoyed when government were telling all us over 70’s and extremely vulnerable at news conferences in week before i got mine to not waitnow but to go online or phone in (target in jeopardy of course)

    Did so on line and ringing up centre and was offered 50 miles away or more. Rang GP over and over that night and next mornng which was constantly engaged. Eventually they put message on website asking regardless of government message not to ring them so blocking switchboard for other patients as they would contact us when they had vaccines

    Just heard yesterday my son-in- law who is in vulnerable group and part of Toen surgeries and received his first a week after was called to go for 2cnd on Saturday

    I can’t recall if he had Pfizer though but it could be as i don’t think the scientists are as confident about an optimum gap of 12 weeks for that one ( lack of evidence i think) as they have declared for AZ. So may be not waiting for 12 weeks for him

    Can only wait

    Nothing to be done but to wait for call

  • Mund

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #181

    Wilson and Maxi to be back. Fernandez and Clark in Lascelles injured. Fraser not even supposed to be included in squad

  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #182

    I miss the good old days on the blog.

    When people were desperate for Nufc news, not desperate for attention.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #183

    Morning Magic good to see your getting 2nd vaccine today, pleased for you.

    Wife and I get ours 30th this month both AZ, but happy anyway, as usual press creating storm in teacup over infinitesimal risk. Bloody EU as always playing politics as they hate the idea we might be successful without them, doing all they can to discredit achievement while coincidentally making sure their own EU based companies make a fortune out of it. B’sds!

    That’s my political rant for today, sorry.

    What’s going on in Belfast? It’s a real shame this is kicking off again, from TV pictures it looks like mostly teenagers?

  • Mund

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #184

    Whose desperate for attention like?

    OP you are one of the most miserable people I’m fortunate never to meet

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #185

    Bad bad news about Lascalles he was just starting to come into form

    Clark and Fernandez are able replacements though

  • Mund

    Apr 9, 2021 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #186

    Fraser is apparently 2/3 weeks out with a groin injury 🙄

  • magicmac54

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #187

    I can see it hasn`t been all plain sailing for you to book your vaccine, but its good to hear you at least had your first vaccine 8 weeks ago, iam sure you will be more content when you receive your second vaccine mate, i managed to book mine on line which was a much quicker option than waiting to get it through my GP, are you retired or still working mate?

  • Mund

    Apr 9, 2021 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #188

    Miles Starforth
    Steve Bruce on
    ‘s 1892 Pledge: ‘Look, I’ve seen it out there. I haven’t really read a lot about it. And, of course, supporters are entitled to spend their money which way they see fit. I’ve got to focus solely on Burnley.’ #nufc

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