After being cast into the second tier, we have been left at the mercy of lower league journeyman, David Prutton of Sky Sports, to provide us with his uncanny forecasts of how Newcastle United are going to get on in their next Championship match.
Oh for the days of Mark Lawrenson, Michael Owen and Paul Merson…
Difficult to believe really that anybody could be more hopeless than that trio but I wouldn’t mind being David Prutton’s bookie!
Since the turn of the year Prutton has given Sky Sports a prediction on nine Newcastle matches and forecast the Magpies to only win three of them.
The more Newcastle win, the more he tries to find a reason as to why they won’t win the next one.
After predicting Newcastle to lose at Brighton and ended up disappointed, the Sky Sports correspondent has gone again, this time forecasting Huddersfield to give Rafa’s boys a footballing lesson.
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: 6 wins, 2 draws, 0 defeats and Huddersfield still to come
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
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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