Mark Lawrenson has released his latest set of Premier League predictions in what promises to be a pivotal weekend in the relegation battle.
The potential good news for us is that he’s backing Leeds to stop their run of three games without a goal or a win and see off Fulham by two goals to nil, feeling they’ll back firing on all cylinders at Craven Cottage.
The not so good news is he’s backing Steve Bruce’s NUFC to suffer a disastrous defeat at Brighton 24 hours later, believing Graham Potter’s Seagulls will be full of confidence after their win at Southampton last weekend and come away from tomorrow’s game with a 2-1 victory.
Here’s what he’s had to say in his latest prediction piece for the BBC, believing we’ll ‘sit in’ and fail to get any wins until our attacking trio are all fit again:
‘Brighton will come into this game with a bit of confidence after beating Southampton last week.
‘Scoring has been a problem for the Seagulls, but they got two goals against Saints – the first time they’d managed that in the Premier League since 2 January – which was another positive, as well as ending a three-game losing streak.
‘I think this will be another tight game, with Newcastle sitting in as they always seem to do.
‘It’s hard to see the Magpies’ approach changing while their key attacking players are injured – Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron are out until April – and I don’t see their results improving until they return.‘
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
On the plus side, Bruce has confirmed Miguel Almiron might be fit enough to start at The Amex, however that only makes up one third of the front three we rarely ever win without!
As for Fulham’s game tonight, it really could go either way. Leeds often leak goals and Scott Parker’s side have the pace to hurt them on the counter, however Bielsa’s Whites can be brilliant on their day – with them pulling off convincing wins at Everton, Leicester and Aston Villa this season.
Either way, we must take care of our own business and win at Brighton tomorrow. Failure to do so and we’ll be in the bottom three should Fulham beat Leeds later on this evening!