Mark Lawrenson believes Newcastle United will beat Burnley in Saturday night’s big game at St James’ Park – but feels our “luck” won’t last forever.
The former Match of the Day pundit says Steve Bruce has been so fortunate over the past week he should buy himself a scratchcard for Saturday’s National Lottery, insisting that we relied heavily on luck to get a point at Spurs last weekend and overcome Newport County in the cup on Wednesday!
He does believe we’ll enjoy a more comfortable victory this weekend, however, feeling ‘all is not well’ at Burnley, with the Clarets losing their opening three games in all competitions and Sean Dyche frustrated by his lack of backing in the transfer market.
Here’s what Lawro’s had to say in his latest prediction piece for the BBC backing us to come away 2-1 winners:
“Newcastle have had their fair share of fortune in the past few days, firstly with that last-gasp penalty to draw with Tottenham, and then to get past League Two side Newport via a shoot-out.
“If their luck continues then it might be a good time to ask Magpies boss Steve Bruce for his numbers for Saturday’s National Lottery draw, although I actually think things will be a little more straightforward for them this time.
“It appears all is not well at Burnley, in terms of the relationship between the manager and the board anyway, and maybe a third defeat in their first three league games will help to persuade the club they need to back Sean Dyche in the transfer market.“
Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Burnley
One thing that’s a little odd about Lawrenson’s prediction is he says it’ll be more comfortable this time around for Steve Bruce, yet reckons it’ll end 2-1. That’s hardly a scoreline that screams ‘straightforward win’, not that we’ll be complaining if we pick up all three points!
It’s a funny one, because anyone from the outside looking in would wonder why on earth Newcastle fans are complaining given we’re 10th in the table and into the quarter finals of the cup, yet it’s quite clear from watching us every week that these results won’t last long if we continue to perform so poorly.
As an example, we won’t stay in the league – never mind the top 10 – if we continue averaging just ONE shot on target per game.
We’ll have to hope that trend does not continue on Saturday night against Burnley – a side who’ll be looking to get their season on track after losing both of their opening games so far.