Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Newcastle will beat Southampton 2-0 at St James’ Park tomorrow – also feeling we will be ‘alright’ in the fight for survival.
Why is this a worrying prediction? Because he so often gets it wrong when it comes to NUFC!
The infamous ex-Aston Villa man has regularly opted for us to lose this season in his weekly round of predictions fro Sky, but we’ve nearly always lost when he’s gone for us to win.
He’s surprisingly complimentary about us here, however, with him suggesting that the likes of Jonjo Shelvey (who will most likely be absent tomorrow) should make sure we’re ok.
Here’s what he’s had to say:
“Newcastle came up against a better team in Liverpool the other day, but I think they’ll be alright.
“You look at them and they’ve got players who, especially Jonjo Shelvey if he plays well, should make sure they’re alright at home and they got a massive result against Manchester United the other week.
“Southampton have got four away games on the trot, they’re in the FA Cup against Wigan and when they’re doing that Premier League teams will be playing football, if they win then they’ll be in the semi-final when teams will be playing again.
“They could be in a horrible position soon, if they don’t get anything here. They’ll be playing catch-up and will be in the bottom three. They’re missing Charlie Austin, and they seem like a team who want to not lose before they win.”
Paul’s prediction: Newcastle 2-0 Southampton
So, Paul reckons the Saints could be in a ‘horrible position soon’ and is expecting us to get the better of them in this relegation six pointer.
What’s your prediction folks?