Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has apologised to Newcastle fans.

Prutton has repeatedly predicted Newcastle not to win since the turn of the year and rounded it off with confident forecasts that both Brighton and Huddersfield would be victorious against Rafa Benitez and his team.

The full list of his predictions since new year are listed below but basically he said that Newcastle would win only three out of the nine and pick up 13 points, whereas the reality has been seven wins and two draws, making it 23 from 27 points in the games he analysed.

Accepting he is defeated, David Prutton says ‘Sorry Toon fans, I’m tipping Newcastle this time as they look like champions’.

I think I preferred it when he was tipping us not to win every week!

David Prutton:

“I tipped Brighton to beat Newcastle and Newcastle won.

“I tipped Huddersfield to beat Newcastle and Newcastle won.

“Sorry Toon fans, I’m tipping Newcastle this time as they look like champions.

“They don’t need to have the ball to win matches – they had 24 per cent possession but still won 3-1 at Huddersfield.

“Rafa’s team are very comfortable without the ball and allowing the opposition to dominate the ball. Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey interchange very well in the central position, which makes it hard for the opposition.

“It’s games like this at this time of the season where champions win.”

David Prutton’s Championship midweek predictions:

Fulham 1 Leeds 2

Huddersfield 2 Aston Villa 1

Reading 0 Newcastle 1

Rotherham 0 Brighton 2

Sheff Wed 3 Burton 0

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: 7 wins, 2 draws, 0 defeats

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 (Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3)

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.)

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  • Toonbadger

    Why did he have to tip us for tomorrow? I was happy with him ballsing it up

  • Alreet

    Gobs**te. Jog on son

  • Martin

    At least he’s apologized. But the fact he’s tipped us to win will probably mean certain defeat tomorrow.

  • Porciestreet

    Guess thats us knackerd now then as Pratten has backed us to win……..!

  • GToon

    It’s interesting to see the number of comments about our style of play and how much of the ball we should have so here’s a little history lesson for those of us who aren’t as old as me.
    1. The Forest team of the late 70s early 80s used to soak up the pressure and hit teams on the break. They were pretty successful I seem to remember.
    2. The dominant Man Utd team of the 90s used to hit teams on the counter attack using the pace of their two wingers. Having all of the ball was never a concern for them, ask their players who were absolutely hammered at SJP twenty odd years ago but still won 1-0 and went on to win the league.
    3. The Leicester team of last season used to sit back, concede possession and then hit teams on the break. Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t they win something too.
    4. All football players/pundits etc etc recognize the need to build from the back. We are doing just that so let’s be happy. 70 odd percent possession on Saturday and how many world class saves did Darlow have to make? None in my opinion.

    • Delashio

      Agree. Success is success and hopefully we get some with raffa.

  • Jimblag23

    This chump just makes it up as he goes along, generally we dominate the ball.
    Even though I don’t care about his predictions, I’ve had a feeling over the last couple of weeks he’d tip us to lose and we’d win them both, then he’d tip us to beat reading and we’ll stumble.

    • Desree

      He is a football commentator. Thats what they do, and make out football is a complex game.

  • Blackandwhite9

    Don’t think he has ever forgiven us for signing Jenas instead of him when they were both at forest when SBR was around

  • Taz

    People that are Clueless will say anything to keep hold of his job… What a tool

  • Desree

    I thought this was a place to talk about NUFC. We have 4 David Prutton articles a week.

  • toonterrier

    Great to win the last couple of games even though we spent most of the time sitting back with little possession. Would still prefer to watch football from the KK era where we attacked from the off and entertained the supporters rather than rely on bad defending by the opposition and more than our share of luck. If we go up then things will have to change or we will be straight back down again. Fingers crossed that Rafa stays and is put in charge of the kitty and if the greedy git in charge wants to save money then get rid of Carr and Chumpley.

    • Delashio

      I dont care less if we end up winning something.

  • Delashio

    So he predicted 3 victories and not none then the scummy mag? No need to apologise anyway. Its his opinion and personally i never loose any sleep over it.

  • magpiefifer

    Nooooooo – he’s tipped us to win,what the hell is he playing at!?