Mark Lawrenson says that Sunderland look so bad at the minute and their summer signings uninspiring, he struggles to see them scoring more goals than the opposition in any match.
They play at Bournemouth this Saturday and Lawrenson predicts a 2-0 defeat for our mackem friends.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“At the moment I cannot see a way out for them. With the players they have signed, they do not inspire me to say they will definitely be in the Premier League come May.
“Just looking at them at the moment, I am even struggling to see them scoring more goals than the opposition and winning a game.”
Like Sunderland, Newcastle also face a promoted team this weekend.
Watford picked up their first victory of the season last weekend with a 1-0 win over Swansea, the same Swansea who battered Newcastle (albeit at Swansea) only a few weeks beforehand.
Despite Watford impressing and Newcastle still without a win so far, Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 victory for United.
The BBC pundit praises Steve McClaren (who appears to have a lot of supportive people in the media) and says he has a big shout to make on certain players, with Papiss Cisse top of that list.
Most fans appear to think Ayoze Perez should play ahead of Cisse and this is a massive call for McClaren on Saturday, or alternatively he could play both of them.
“Like Sunderland, Newcastle are also without a win and this has become such an important game for Magpies boss Steve McClaren, basically just to get people off his back.
“Watford got a great result against Swansea last week and they will set themselves up to be hard to beat at St James’ Park, then look to threaten on the counter-attack.”
Still backing the Magpies:
“I am still backing the Magpies, though. They are bottom of the table and have struggled for goals so far this season – they have only scored two in their first five games which makes them the lowest scorers in the Premier League – but I think they will change that on Saturday.
“McClaren will have to make some big decisions on whether to pick players like Papiss Cisse, who are not performing well enough, but he is a good man-manager and this is where he earns his money.”