Former England international Ray Wilkins has predicted that Newcastle will once again be ‘buckling under pressure’ when they play Crystal Palace this afternoon.
To be fair, Wilkins does know what he is talking about, as until a month ago he was assistant manager to Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa, one of the very few teams that are more fragile than Newcastle this season.
After being sacked at the end of October, Ray Wilkins has turned once again to media work and when appearing on Talksport, he said that he though the Palace match was ‘a bit too much’ for United.
Forecasting a home win, he says that Palace are the type of team to put the opposition under pressure, which Newcastle can’t handle.
It is difficult to argue with the former Chelsea player’s description of United, when you look at the games this season.
Newcastle haven’t been able to handle the likes of Leicester, Swansea and West Ham with their emphasis on attack. Even Watford fully deserved their three points at St James Park when they played with two up front.
Only in matches against really negative side such as Stoke and Sunderland (first half) have Newcastle looked totally at ease, with the opposition happy to concede possession.
Even master tactician Alan Pardew must realise what tactics are needed to beat Newcastle and let’s just hope he instead turns to the kind of negativity we used to see on a regular basis when he was at St James Park.
Ray Wilkins speaking on Talksport:
“I think this one is a bit too much for Newcastle to be honest.
“I think Crystal Palace are one of those sides who put you under a lot of pressure and it seems that Newcastle are buckling under pressure, when they get put under it.
“I’m going to go for a Palace win.”