Mark Lawrenson has backed Alan Pardew to take revenge on Newcastle United at Selhurst Park tonight.

Writing for BBC Sport, Lawrenson wasn’t impressed with Newcastle against Stoke and has accused United of blowing ‘hot and cold’, which is almost a compliment as with only 3 wins in the last 14 matches,  the hot spots have become difficult to find.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 win for Pardew and Palace, with the home fans a key ingredient with the atmosphere they produce, according to the pundit. However, with only 3 Premier League wins at home so far this season it hasn’t exactly done them much good.

What is for sure is that if John Carver doesn’t have his players suitably prepared for this one, it could be very long night for the travelling Newcastle fans in South London.

“The Palace fans are always great at home – they really get the idea that their team has got 19 cup finals at home if they want to stay up, and they make sure there is a fantastic atmosphere.

“As well as that, the Eagles have some players who teams in the top 10 would take, the likes of Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie for starters , plus they are all playing for Pardew.”

Hot and cold;

“Newcastle continue to blow hot and cold and I don’t think they have enough attacking options at the moment.

“That meant Stoke looked very comfortable for the majority of their draw on Sunday.”

  • Geoff Themagpie Robinson

    Remember seeing Lawrenson running on the town moor when he was a coach at Newcastle another one who left with the taste of sour grapes

  • Kenny Smith

    Had always resented the club since he was exposed as a useless defensive coach. One of the commentators that always wants to see Newcastle fail

  • bill black

    He said Palace have players the top TEN teams would like. I remember teams at the bottom of the old first division having very good players in there teams and Ipswich and Nottingham Forrest winning the League. now the Newcastle,s of the world stay in the middle of the table with other teams like Stoke with Mid table players and mid table plans. Without dreams a club slowly dies.

  • Tony Mark Elsender

    That’s a shock

  • SimonM68

    you sure that wasn’t an old goat being grazed by some freeman of the city – Fat Freddie for example??

  • Steve1221

    He also thought we’d beat Stoke, what’s your point?

  • jimblag

    He’s right. I was expecting to be angered by his quotes by the headline.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    bill black  The top10 teams of the Scottish 2nd division perhaps…..!

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  • No Brainer

    Wow a forum point where every toon fan is in agreement of their assessment of the bloke he’s a complete TW*T

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  • PhilYare

    can’t stand him, his punditry always seems half-arsed and as if hes nursing a hang over. I’d like to know what his contributions to defensive coach were and why he hasn’t had any proper work since