Mark Lawrenson says Steve Bruce “surely” won’t sit back and set up defensively at Bramall Lane tonight, believing we must look to attack what he describes as a “very winnable game”.
That said, he’s not backing us to come away with all three points. In fact, he’s backing the home side to pull off their first win of 2020/21!
The Blades have been terrible so far this campaign, picking up just two points in 17 league games as they sit rock bottom of the Premier League.
Despite being the surprise package last season, Chris Wilder’s side look nailed on for relegation – although there are fears we too may be in a dog fight should we make it EIGHT games without a win in this one.
Here’s what Lawro’s had to say in his weekly prediction piece for the BBC:
“Newcastle are on a poor run themselves right now, taking only two points from their past six games and going out of the FA Cup at Arsenal.
“I know Newcastle don’t do all-out attack whoever they play but surely they won’t just sit back at Bramall Lane? I wouldn’t understand that, because this is obviously a very winnable game for them too.
“I don’t think there will be much in it, but I am going with the Blades here.
“They are bound to break their duck in the league at some stage, and at least they will have a bit of confidence after the weekend.
“I know people will say it was ‘only’ Bristol Rovers they beat, but a win’s a win when you are in a situation like they are.”
Prediction: Sheffield United 2-1 Newcastle
A loss tonight would take us all back to the 07/08 season, when relegated record setters Derby County picked up their only win of the whole campaign when to beat Sam Allardyce’s terrible Toon.
To add further embarrassment, out of the measly 11 points they picked up in total, FOUR of them can against us as the reverse fixture resulted in a 2-2 draw at St James’!
The bookies predict a similar upset to unfold come 6pm, as they make us underdogs against a side who have been the whipping boys of the division.
If ever there was a telling insight into how far Newcastle United have fallen – this is it.