Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League matches. He has Newcastle ending the losing streak with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Monday.
Here is some of Lawro’s take on the match:
Arsenal endured a horrible night in Thursday’s north London derby, but they cannot afford to dwell on what went wrong for them against Spurs.
It’s typical Arsenal, really, because they always seem to get themselves in a good position but whenever something goes against them, they just seem to collapse. At times this season, it has looked like they have become stronger mentally – but they haven’t.
They are under pressure now, too. If Spurs beat Burnley on Sunday, and I think they will, then Arsenal will have to win at St James’ Park or fourth place will be out of their hands on the final day of the season.
We all know how much Newcastle have improved in the past few months, and they have been very strong at St. James’ Park. Beating them there is a very big ask.
Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat at Tottenham last night has really put them to the grindstone for their final two matches. They hold a shaky one-point advantage over Spurs for that coveted final Champions League place.
The resurgent Spurs take on Burnley at home on Sunday before a trip to Norwich City on the season’s final day. Arsenal cannot afford a slip-up on Monday at St. James’ Park, or they risk losing control of their destiny.
Newcastle fans care little about Arsenal’s plight with much left to accomplish this season. A win and we surpass last season’s points total which would be an unbelievable accomplishment considering how this season began.
The Magpies will hope to finish this campaign on the upswing after the minor hiccups of the past two weeks. A place in the top ten is still a possibility before closing the curtains on this transformational season.