Mark Lawrenson is confident that he knows what will happen at St.Mary’s on Saturday, as well as who will still be in the Premier League next season.
He says that Rafa Benitez did get a reaction from the Newcastle team when he took over – but there was one big problem.
That problem according to Mark Lawrenson is a bit insurmountable in terms of Newcastle’s efforts over the next seven matches – the players ‘just are not good enough’ according to the TV pundit.
With Southampton in 7th place and unlucky to lose to Leicester after wins over Stoke and Liverpool, Lawrenson can’t see anything but defeat for Newcastle.
As for Sunderland, not only does he think they will get a point off Leicester, he also thinks that despite the league table positions, Sunderland are better than Norwich, as well as Newcastle.
Mark Lawrenson has predicted defeat for Norwich at Palace tomorrow and that set of results would lead to Sunderland only three points behind Norwich, with Newcastle a further three behind. Lawrenson believing that Sunderland will be the ones who ultimately will survive.
Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport
“Southampton were a little bit unlucky not to get anything from their 1-0 defeat by leaders Leicester last weekend.
“Newcastle have got bigger problems, though. They reacted to the appointment of Rafa Benitez but I think everybody knows the issue is that their personnel just are not good enough.
“Regardless of what Benitez does with his squad this week, I cannot see them getting anything at St Mary’s.
“I still fancy Sunderland to finish above Norwich and Newcastle and stay up.
“The Black Cats are the best out of those three teams and the thing about them is that they have been playing well but just have not got the results to show for it.”