The infamous Paul Merson has been making his Premier League predictions once again for this weekend’s games, with he and former Liverpool and Newcastle striker Michael Owen forecasting comfortable wins for the Jurgen Klopp’s men on Sunday.
It’s fair to say Sky Sports’ Paul Merson hasn’t had much faith in Newcastle so far this season. Aside from our games against Huddersfield and Brighton, where he predicted three draws, the former Aston Villa man has had us down to lose every other game so far this season, failing to predict a single win.
Here’s what he’s had to say about Sunday’s game”
“Liverpool could have won 10-1 in the Champions league after the chances they created the other night,”
“With the attacking talent at their disposal they will always create chances and at St James’ Park I don’t see it being any different.
“Newcastle, backed by their home crowd will also go for it which could play into Jurgen Klopp’s hands.
“I did initially write down 3-0 to Liverpool but I’m going to have to change my mind to 3-1 because I don’t trust Liverpool at the back.
“However Liverpool are class going forward and I’d be shocked if Newcastle coped with them.”
Prediction: Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool
I’m pleasantly surprised he’s even giving us a goal on Sunday, however I don’t think he’s been watching how we’ve tended to operate this season if he thinks we’ll play into their hands and ‘going for it’ on Sunday. Instead I expect us to sit back, aim to absorb any pressure and hit them on the counter attack if and when we can.
Then onto former striker and money grabber Michael Owen, who admits he has fond memories of St. James’ Park, however expects Liverpool to bounce back from their draw in Moscow in midweek and take all three points on Sunday:
“I have fond memories of St James Park and scored a hat-trick for Liverpool in the corresponding fixtures back in 1998.
“The Reds saved bookmakers a fortune midweek but I expect Liverpool to bounce back when travelling to Newcastle on Sunday.”
Prediction: Liverpool to win, both teams to score.
Fair predictions from the pair. Given Merson is yet to forecast an NUFC win this season, I am not surprised to see this trend continue this week. Owen’s prediction, which includes shameless self promotion of his goalscoring prowess , is no surprise either.