Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has apologised to Newcastle fans.
Prutton has repeatedly predicted Newcastle not to win since the turn of the year and rounded it off with confident forecasts that both Brighton and Huddersfield would be victorious against Rafa Benitez and his team.
The full list of his predictions since new year are listed below but basically he said that Newcastle would win only three out of the nine and pick up 13 points, whereas the reality has been seven wins and two draws, making it 23 from 27 points in the games he analysed.
Accepting he is defeated, David Prutton says ‘Sorry Toon fans, I’m tipping Newcastle this time as they look like champions’.
I think I preferred it when he was tipping us not to win every week!
“I tipped Brighton to beat Newcastle and Newcastle won.
“I tipped Huddersfield to beat Newcastle and Newcastle won.
“Sorry Toon fans, I’m tipping Newcastle this time as they look like champions.
“They don’t need to have the ball to win matches – they had 24 per cent possession but still won 3-1 at Huddersfield.
“Rafa’s team are very comfortable without the ball and allowing the opposition to dominate the ball. Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey interchange very well in the central position, which makes it hard for the opposition.
“It’s games like this at this time of the season where champions win."
David Prutton’s Championship midweek predictions:
Fulham 1 Leeds 2
Huddersfield 2 Aston Villa 1
Reading 0 Newcastle 1
Rotherham 0 Brighton 2
Sheff Wed 3 Burton 0
In the nine games he has predicted (it isn’t every game Sky carry his predictions for) since the turn of the year –
David Prutton predictions: 3 wins, 4 draws, 2 defeats
The Reality: 7 wins, 2 draws, 0 defeats
Here are the nine forecasts along with comments he made before some of the matches, enjoy, His forecast followed by actual result in brackets.
Brentford 1 Newcastle 1 (Brentford 1 Newcastle 2)
Prutton: “They (Newcastle) have yet to win in 2017 and that may continue here."
(Newcastle had only played one Championship game (defeat at Blackburn) since turn of year.)
Newcastle 2 Rotherham 1 (Newcastle 4 Rotherham 0)
Newcastle 1 QPR 1 (Newcastle 2 QPR 2)
Prutton: “I think it’s going to be tough for Newcastle against QPR."
(QPR had just lost at home to fellow relegation strugglers Burton.)
Newcastle 2 Derby 2 (Newcastle 1 Derby 0)
Prutton: “I predicted Newcastle to draw on Wednesday and I almost did a knee slide down the corridor when QPR equalised. I can’t see it being anything other than another tough game. If Derby attack the game like QPR did then they can get something out of it too."
Wolves 2 Newcastle 2 (Wolves 0 Newcastle 1)
Prutton: “As hit and miss as Paul Lambert’s side can be, I’m backing them to get a draw against the promotion pace-setters."
(Wolves had just lost against fellow relegation strugglers Burton.)
Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 1 (Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 0)
Prutton: “It’s a tough one. Both have assembled expensive teams."
(Villa had won none of their previous nine games in the lead-up to playing Newcastle.)
Newcastle 2 Bristol City 0 (Newcastle 2 Bristol City 2)
Prutton: “I watched Villa against Newcastle and there was a touch of misfortune at St James’… If Bristol City set themselves up correctly, they will be able to frustrate the league leaders."
Brighton 2 Newcastle 1 (Brighton 1 Newcastle 2)
Prutton: “Chris Hughton’s side go into Tuesday’s match in ridiculously good form and will be full of confidence. You worry about Newcastle when he (Gayle) is not in the team."
(In the 7 matches before Newcastle, Brighton had won only 3. Losing to Lincoln (!) and Huddersfield, as well as drawing with Brentford and Ipswich.)
Huddersfield 2 Newcastle 1 (Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3)
Prutton: “Brighton were cruising against Newcastle until Mo Diame’s freak goal dragged them back into it. They’ll be looking to right the wrong… Newcastle will have been buoyed by the result at Brighton, but Huddersfield have shown they can go up against the top teams in the division and win. I fancy them (Huddersfield) against Newcastle."
(Newcastle had more possession and twice as many corners than Brighton, plus 19 shots to Brighton’s 10.)
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