Newcastle return to St. James’ Park on Saturday to face Brentford in a battle of top ten clubs. The atmosphere should be euphoric as Newcastle celebrate the one-year anniversary of the transformative takeover.
BBC pundit Chris Sutton has given his prediction for Saturday’s clash. He is picking Newcastle to win 2-1 for the first back-to-back win of this campaign.
Here is some of his take on the match:
Brentford are quite a stubborn team but Newcastle will take the game to them, and I can see them creating enough chances to win it.
Bees striker Ivan Toney will have a point to prove going back to St James’ Park – he is in my fantasy team, but he needs to pull his finger out if he is going to make a difference on Saturday.
Brentford have performed admirably since their promotion a few seasons ago. A hot start kept them above water until things began to unravel by winter. They added Christian Eriksen in January to help arrest the slide and ended up finishing comfortably in 13th place.
This season they have produced another promising start with 2 wins and 4 draws across their 8 fixtures. The Bees will hope to spoil Newcastle’s festive anniversary and potentially jump into the top six.
Newcastle are coming off of a dominant display at Fulham. The win was heralded by the return of Callum Wilson, who got the scoring started with the opening goal en route to a 4-1 thrashing. It was the performance of Miguel Almiron that caught the eye.
Miggy scored a brace that included a volley that will be raved about for years to come. Eddie Howe continues to get the best out of players whose futures looked in serious doubt just one year ago.
Howe could have Allan Saint-Maximin in tow on Saturday. However, he may keep the Frenchman for a second-half cameo after some of the performances last weekend. Jacob Murphy was stellar as was Sean Longstaff, who starred in the absence of Joelinton.
There are selection headaches galore for the head coach. Whoever is named will be backed by an adoring crowd. If Sutton’s scoreline is correct, there will be some nervous supporters in those stands.