Paul Merson has been looking ahead to Saturday’s clash between Newcastle and West Ham.

The two sides are pointless at the bottom of the Premier League but something must change when they meet at St James Park.

Newcastle haven’t looked too bad at the back but have struggled to create chances and still haven’t scored.#

Whereas West Ham have have conceded more goals (seven) than anybody else but have done something Newcastle haven’t – invested in a quality striker.

Javier Hernandez scored twice at Southampton last weekend in the 3-2 defeat and has looked lively so far in the opening matches.

With the striker on form and Newcastle ‘in disarray’ according to Paul Merson, he has predicted a 2-0 win for the Hammers, which would send the Magpies pointless and goalless into the international break.

Arguably the biggest battles for Newcastle United, and especially Rafa Benitez, will be fought off the pitch in these next seven days.

Merson says ‘things could unravel’ if there isn’t action off the pitch and says ‘Rafa Benitez is not at the club to be an also-ran, he needs to be back in the market’.

The whole club needs a lift (or two) and three points on Saturday and at least a signing or two before the window close, would give everybody a starting point to attack this season.

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports:

“The way Javier Hernandez has started the season has been very impressive.

“Against a Newcastle side that need several signings before Deadline Day, and appears to be in disarray, I fancy West Ham at St. James Park.

“Things could unravel for Newcastle if they’re not careful.

Rafa Benitez is not at the club to be an also-ran, he needs to be back in the market.”

Paul Merson prediction: Newcastle 0 West Ham 2



  • teddybard

    CHeer up Hammers things could be worse, at least we haven’t got Ashley.

    • Kneebotherm8

      I wouldn’t wish Ashley on my worst enemy.

      • Geordiegiants

        We don’t need to Ellis is doing such a good job.

  • Mrkgw

    With 0-2, Merson has got his prediction about right though, somehow and from somewhere, I’d tip us to score our first goal of the season.

  • LeroyGibbs

    Typical “London view” from a dim ex-Arsenal player who can’t even pronounce so many players names properly – and doesn’t know the names of any of our players. Yeah – valued opinion!!

    • Leazes Ender

      I don’t know the names of any of our players.

  • Kneebotherm8

    I fear the eeejit might be right,were toothless and they’ve a goalscorer we maybe should have been in for.

  • Leazes Ender

    He overestimated our capability for the Huddersfield game…. but anything can happen in individual games….. I don’t see the point of predictions at all unless you are gambling, in which case the bookies usually are the best predictors.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Yeah you’re right, the bookies get it right most of the time.

  • Steve Pearce

    You lot should take a long look at yourselves and question your loyalty to your club and city. Negative comment after negative comment from people that have no connection with us and frankly like upsetting “Those Sad Geordie [email protected]” That’s what they are really thinking and you are just letting them pour their poisonous drivel down our throats. “The Mag announces the formation of the Get Ashley Out campaign” “We have been in contact with local business people who want to form a syndicate to buy our club” That’s the articles we want to see – but no – your lives are so empty and sad and you are so lonely and frustrated that the only thing that gives you pleasure is spewing out pap like this

    • Geordiegiants

      Unfortunately, The Mag seems to have lost a lot of respect from supporters since it became a forum instead of a news Magazine. We do however need a figure head.

    • Jimblag23

      If the news that local businessmen are forming a consortium doesn’t exist they can’t write an article on it.

    • anyobrien

      Dear me a bit tension there… 3.1 to the toon… Hwtls

    • Marveauxless

      You want to see completely made up fantasy articles? Write them yourself and bask in your own delusion.

    • TheNutJob

      Oh dear, pill & a lie doon required

  • mactoon

    I bow to your superior knowledge Mr Merson :)