Paul Merson has given his opinion on Newcastle’s match at Huddersfield on Sunday afternoon.

Only five months after United’s 3-1 win there helped keep Newcastle on course for promotion and eventually the title on the final day, the two clubs meet again but in the top tier.

Against anybody’s expectations, Huddersfield have so far had double the next spend of Newcastle United this summer in the transfer market, so how big a factor will that be?

Paul Merson acknowledges the transfer spend of Huddersfield but points out that Newcastle had ‘the better team in the Championship’.

He also gives credit to Rafa’s team for their opening match, saying they did ‘alright’ and Tottenham never looked like scoring until United were reduced to 10 men.

Newcastle looked better away from home for much of last season and Merson thinks Sunday could see ‘less pressure’ on NUFC, compared to kicking off at home against last season’s runners-up.

Newcastle ended the season 13 points and four places higher than Huddersfield, although as Rafa’s players stepped on the gas in the very final stages, David Wagner eased off as automatic promotion hopes slipped away, playing weakened teams ahead of the play-offs, Huddersfield lost three of their last four matches of the regular season.

It is an interesting match and could give a lot of pointers as to how well the two teams are going to cope with Premier League pressure.

Paul Merson has gone with a 1-1 draw prediction (which is incidentally exactly the scoreline also predicted by both Mark Lawrenson and Michael Owen) but I have a feeling it could be a lot more eventful than any of the ‘experts’ are forecasting, hopefully Rafa will once again get his tactics exactly right – just as he did back in March.

Whilst the team did ok against Spurs with 11 on the pitch, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the odd extra change, as well as those forced by the red card and injuries to Dummett and Lejeune.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“I thought Newcastle did alright against Tottenham.

“They weren’t great but they looked hard to beat and Spurs didn’t really look like scoring until Jonjo Shelvey was sent off.

“The pressure will be on Huddersfield a bit more after their win at Crystal Palace and they might have to chase the game more.

“I know Huddersfield have bought players in but Newcastle were the better team in the Championship last year and I think there’s less pressure on them this weekend.”

  • mentalman

    How have Huddersfield had double net spend of NUFC?

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      They didn’t have a £10m sale of Thauvin already lined up and they didn’t spend £100m over the last 12 months.

      Oh, and a big bank loan

      • mentalman

        so far our net spent is £26m theirs is £38m hardly double and there is 2 weeks left of the transfer window.

        What does spending 100m over the last 12months and a big bank loan have to do with net spend this season

        • TheNutJob

          Clarko will sort it out, No problem

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Sorry Mentalman, I’d taken your post the wrong way. I was just pointing out that although our net spend is lower, we had a larg(ish) sale from Thauvin going through this window (although cash in installments).

          The usual folk like to moan, they forget to take into account that we have outspent Huddersfield (and many other clubs) for every year previous.

      • Steve Pearce

        What complete idiot wants to buy Thauvin? Oh I get it – Graham Carr’s going to buy him for a playmate for his wildly unfunny son. He must have creamed off all that cash from all those shyte French pretty boys he signed!

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Well, Marseille’s player of the year and Marseille bought him back, I’d suggest he will still do well on a bigger stage.

          I’ll say this, if some of our fans think it’s ok to abuse player’s girlfriends, fewer and fewer foreign players will choose Newcastle to show their worth.

          There were other factors, McClaren was under pressure and throwing a flair player in as the heat turned up was never going to work.

          • Steve Pearce

            It’s called “dark humour” bobbi. Thauvin was rubbish with us and McLaren was the WORST manager in our history. As for abusing player’s girlfriends I don’t know where that comes from – so look up the word humour and lighten up a bit…

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            His lass was getting abuse in the street and decided she didn’t like Newcastle much. Thauvin was back in France as soon as the window opened.

            She was a looker mind.

            I don’t think Thauvin got a proper go with us and of course, he’s looking good again now.

  • Leazes Ender

    Felix the Huddersfield cat predicts a home win and Merson a draw…. lets see who knows the most about football.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      The Kat may shade it

  • TheFatController

    We’re now at the stage where ben Paul Merson rates us more highly than the posters on here…

    Apparently even Davie Prutton can’t beat the posters on here. He’s gutted, allegedly

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  • Jezza

    1-1 seems like a fairly logical prediction. We tend to keep things tight at the
    back but we don’t create much going forward. If our defence holds firm,
    it’s likely to be a low scoring game.

    • Leazes Ender

      Rafa likes to park the bus.

  • Steve Pearce

    He must have read our outpourings of pure undiluted hate and derision after his last “prediction” which nearly sent him back on the drink and drugs – assuming his brain is not so damaged that he can actually read that is!