Former Arsenal player Paul Merson thinks John Carver will set a new Newcastle United record on Saturday lunchtime.

Having set an all-time club record of seven straight defeats with the loss against Swansea last Saturday, the player turned pundit thinks Carver can go one better at the King Power stadium.

Merson can’t see anything other than Newcastle making it eight defeats on the bounce and being well and truly sucked into the relegation battle.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Paul Merson said:

“I am quite surprised Leicester didn’t rest some of their players for the visit of Chelsea, but I think they’ll beat Newcastle.

“The momentum was slightly halted against the champions elect and a couple more injuries won’t help, but they played well enough to take something positive and carry on from there.”

Win another game…?:

“I just can’t see where Newcastle are going to win another game.

“Everybody says they have enough points, but if Leicester can win four in a row from nowhere, anything can happen. If Leicester win, Newcastle will be sucked in. It could all change still.”

Merson’s prediction: 2-1 to Leicester

Leicester may have lost against Chelsea in midweek but the fact they were 1-0 up at half-time and only outdone by some real quality in the second-half, clearly shows the Foxes bubble hasn’t burst quite yet.

Leicester’s previous four wins in a row compared to United’s seven defeats doesn’t make pleasant reading.