Mark Lawrenson says it is good to see Newcastle back in the Premier League but…
The former Liverpool defender thinks Tottenham’s biggest challenge will be to get used to playing at Wembley but that they will comfortably beat Newcastle on Sunday.
Lawrenson says he expects ‘a very different outcome’ to Newcastle’s 5-1 win in May and thinks Spurs will win 2-0.
On BBC Sport (Newcastle fan ) Brendan Foster and (Sunderland fan) Steve Cram have also given their predictions for Sunday.
Cram goes for a diplomatic 1-1 draw whilst Brendan Foster goes for a more realistic 5-0 win for….Newcastle!
“Tottenham’s great problem this year will be Wembley because it will be like playing away from home every week.
“Spurs were beaten 5-1 at St James Park on the last day of the 2015-16 season after they had missed out on the title and Newcastle had been relegated.
“It is good to see a club like Newcastle back in the top flight but I am expecting a very different outcome this time.”
Mark Lawrenson prediction: Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2
Steve Cram prediction: Newcastle 1 Tottenham 1
Brendan Foster prediction: Newcastle 5 Tottenham 0
“It’s great to have my team Newcastle back in the Premier League.
“Particularly – and he is standing next to me laughing as I say this – because Steve’s team are not in the Premier League any more. So that is good news.”
“I have got friends who are a bit worried that we are going to go straight down again.
“It is not going to be easy and I would be amazed if we won promotion this season.
“I am always hopeful and always look on the positive side… but I don’t sound confident, do I?”