BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League matches. He has Newcastle losing at Brentford by a score of 2-1, which would raise the angst levels on Tyneside, if accurate.
Here is some of Lawro’s take on the match:
Like Leeds, Brentford are another team on the slide – they have taken only one point from their past seven games, and a resurgent Newcastle will go above them with a win on Saturday.
On form, you’d go with the Magpies to do exactly that, but I actually think this scenario might bring a big performance out of the Bees. Their fans will certainly have a part to play too because this is an absolutely huge game for their season. Their collective hunger could make the difference.
Newcastle have picked up 12 points from their past six games, more than they managed in their previous 19. As good as they’ve been – and they’ve been very good – their levels are going to drop at some point and the nature of the Premier League means, when that happens, they will probably be beaten.
The former-Liverpool defender is using his crystal ball to predict a reversal of form from the two clubs. He expects two streaks to come to an end with a Brentford victory.
The Bees have not won in their last seven league matches. In fact, they have only picked up 1 point over that span. Newcastle, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last six in the league.
It’s a match of contrasting forms which has brought the two clubs to within 2 points of each other. As the Toon Army has done for Newcastle, Lawro sees the Brentford fans playing a big role in the outcome.
Newcastle can jump The Bees with a win. Depending on how Everton and Leeds fare this weekend, The Magpies can climb as high as 14th. That will, hopefully, provide plenty of motivation to keep the levels high.