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.)

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

(Fans commenting on articles is a big part of The Mag but we have had to make an enforced change.

Moving into March, the Livefyre system we had been using is no longer available.

So we searched for the best choice around and have now moved to Disqus.

A great way to join the debate on all of The Mag articles, if you haven’t used Disqus before, sign up via social media or the simple email option in the comments section below.)



  • Andrew Parker

    If he keeps predicting we’ll lose, and we win, then he can crack on as far as I’m concerned! Definitely appears to have an irrational dislike for Newcastle though!

  • Matthew Rowntree

    Brighton cruising until Diame’s goal? Was he even watching the game between the 20th minute and Diame’s goal?

  • Cameron Miles

    Who is David crouton

  • mentalman

    it was nice to see Sky have pundits on recently who like Newcastle, i knew Rob Lee would be pro NUFC but never expected Nolan to be

    • Albert Stubbins

      why wouldn’t he?

      • Kneebotherm8

        Nolan loved the toon fans and they loved him, it was Ashley he couldn’t stand,just like the rest of us.

        • Anita kick up the Hoop

          I didn’t love Nolan .. he was an awful signing by an awful manager appointed by an awful owner AND symptomatic of our decline under Ashley .. I don’t care that he was half decent during promotion .. he was a huge reason we were relegated and I never liked his playing style .. awful for 88 minutes but somehow found his name on the scoresheet to cover for his performances.. a big slow stiff

          • Kneebotherm8

            I loved Nolans hat trick against the mackems.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            So did I .. but it didn’t make me forget he was a terrible signing

        • Albert Stubbins

          Precisely the point I was alluding to.

    • Davydee8

      Why not he loved it here?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Idiot

  • Wor Monga

    Thanks for pointing those facts out…seeing as some folk might think that the likes of Prutton knows any more than any other local gobby does about predicting football results…he doesn’t, but he has to keep the folk down in Yorkshire happy cos that’s his cabbage patch!!!

  • fenhammag

    the bloke is an absolute c*ck

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Who is he ?has he been on Geordie shore (he looks like the type of c$%k they get on there) never seen it though.

  • giimps

    Just keep putting his predictions up on the dressing room wall….rafas job done for him

  • Taz

    David who? Prutton!!!, Pratt_ one more like it. He obviously knows as much about football as we know about him….. nowt (what a tool)

  • imrevaradi

    Ex second rate footballer..
    How do they get these jobs???

    • Taz

      How do they keep them,that’s the question.

  • Andy Mac

    Prutton is an embittered ex pro whose career never hit the top spots so “journeyman” fits his career CV well. He’s a big Leeds United fan and writes in the Yarkshire Evening Post so take whatever he say with a large slice of lemon, some tequila and a large pinch of salt.

    • Taz

      As he has already smoked all the crack…lol

  • Atilla McNamee

    Players don’t know any more than a typical fan, less in most cases. This bloke is no exception

  • Kneebotherm8

    If he was in a league of punters predictions,then he’d be staring relegation in the face.

  • Daniel Hall

    He’s a second rate footballer on a second-rate pundit grade for SS. His club history spanks about ‘knock-backs’ so I can understand his pessimism. On top of that Wikipedia states he was born in Hull. Newcastle transcend his darkness…

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Prutton was muted as being a Bobby Robson transfer target once over.. then we signed Jenas instead and Prutton went on to be ….. bitter.

  • Stephen Christie

    Was he ever a footballer for the life of me can’t remember anything about him

  • Nothingtofear exceptfearitself

    Prutton……arse

  • Mrkgw

    This bloke really does seem to have it in for us. I wouldn’t even give him air time or publish his articles. Clueless.

  • Ben Brown

    Please let him continue, he’s doing us a favour, bigging up opposition.

  • Alreet

    Dave who. How do these 3rd rate past it footballers get such a big gig then proceed to make such a hash of it and dont get called out. Owen was the same and lawro used to just hate us.

    Ive said 2 all against hudds then a 2 nil against reading.

    Oh sky……if i get that right can i have Daves job??

  • Harry Gibson

    He is a plum. Below average player, and about as charismatic as Owen as a pundits