Ahead of our first ever game at the ‘new’ Wembley stadium, Paul Merson reckons NUFC fans may make it a ‘bit of a party’ tonight – stating ‘Newcastle do not get the chance to go to Wembley too often’ during his prediction for tonight’s game.
Our last trip to Wembley was actually 18 years ago, losing 2-1 to Chelsea in an FA Cup semi-final prior to it being knocked down.
With that in mind, it would actually be our first win here in 63 years if we pulled off a shock win tonight, with us last coming away victorious during the FA Cup final way back in 1955 – a day which saw us beat Man City 3-1 t lift the trophy.
Pretty bleak that it’s been that long, but it’s nice of Merson to remind us during his weekly set of predictions for Sky.
Here’s his prediction for tonight’s game, with him expecting Spurs to win narrowly despite them having the ability to ’embarrass you on their day’:
“If you look at Spurs’ fixtures, then if you had to pick two teams to play at home, it would be Newcastle and Leicester. But at the same time, Newcastle do not get the chance to go to Wembley too often, do they? And their fans may make it a bit of a party.
“You would have expected Spurs to get something at West Brom on Saturday, though.
“I think Spurs will win, Newcastle were poor at Watford on Saturday – better second half, but it is easy to play when you are 2-0 down. They have to be careful, though, as they have good fans and if they turn up in their thousands at Wembley, they will want them to put on a show.
“And if they do not, Spurs are the type of team that can embarrass you on their day. The pressure is severely on Tottenham, though, so I think they will win 2-1.”
So, Merson reckons we’ll be keen to ‘put on a show’ for our fans, but fancies Spurs to edge it in a game they’re under real pressure to win after losing to West Brom on Saturday.
How do you see it panning out folks?
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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.