Paul Merson has made his predictions for the weekend, including Newcastle v Watford.
The Sky pundit says that Newcastle have ‘enough about them’ to get out of the relegation zone and has predicted a narrow 2-1 win for United.
However, he says that Watford have impressed him when they’ve had a go at teams, including when they faced Manchester City.
With Steve McClaren under pressure to go with a more attacking team selection and formation, you have to worry if they have a go at our defence.
I saw highlights of their win over Swansea last weekend and the promoted team appear to have a lot of pace in their team, which has to be a worry when you consider how slow a number of our players are.
This was especially shown up when West Ham counter-attacked for their second goal.
Paul Merson says that the Newcastle fans know that the club/team is in transition at the minute – let’s hope we arrive at our destination sooner rather than later….
Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:
“The shock of last weekend was Watford beating Swansea.
“Newcastle have enough about them to get out of the trouble they are in. This is a big match as you have 50,000 Geordies expecting their team to win a football match.
“They know they are in transition, with a new manager and new players, but they will still expect to win this football match, and I think they will.
“Watford have looked good when they have had a go at teams, even at Man City, and if they have a go at St James’ Park they’ll caused problems, but they’ll just come up short.”
As for Sunderland, Merson sees them having serious problems all season and a 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth this weekend to ensure they will be staying in the bottom three.
“I expect Bournemouth to bounce back against Sunderland, who are struggling and will be doing all season.
“Bournemouth are not as bad as they were last week (lost at Norwich). They have been in the games they have lost, especially at Liverpool.”