Mark Lawrenson has been looking ahead to Sunday at the Amex Stadium.

The BBC pundit pointing to Brighton (4 points from first 15) ‘have not done anything spectacular’, compared to Newcastle’s ‘three straight wins’, as well as the fact that Rafa’s team beat the south coast team in February as well.

The logical conclusion…’I am actually backing Brighton here’.

Mark Lawrenson has gone for a 2-1 win for Chris Hughton and whilst it is a very difficult match to call, a win for Brighton isn’t suggested by the form.

The feeling amongst the ‘experts’ appears clearly to be that Newcastle’s bubble is going to burst in the very near future, nice if Rafa’s players disappoint them once again.

Certainly, after the results and performances especially the display against Stoke, you would be disappointed with anything less than a draw on Sunday.

I don’t see this Brighton match as any easier or harder than these past three matches/wins and it is all about rising to the challenge once again.

Newcastle clearly aren’t good enough to cruise to a win but with the same workrate/spirit anything is possible.

Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:

“Newcastle won at the Amex Stadium in February, when both of these clubs were in the Championship.

The Magpies’ run of form, with three straight wins, would suggest they are going to do same when they return to the south coast on Sunday, but I am actually backing Brighton here.

“The Seagulls have not done anything spectacular so far but that is not a problem, and their manager Chris Hughton is not the type of manager to panic.

What Hughton will be doing is planning his side’s route through the entire campaign, with the aim of finishing at least one point above the bottom three.

“I hate the phrase ‘must-win’, especially at this stage, but Hughton will know this is a game that his side really need to get something out of if they are going to stay in the top flight.

“Prediction: 2-1.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Here we go again with the pundits, Lawro`s getting as bad as Prutton.
    the headline on Sunday will either read, Wake up call for Nufc after a defeat at Brighton or Newcastle win 4 in a row
    my moneys on the latter

  • James

    Yeah ok mate

  • Steve

    The day these so called “pundits” predict a win, is the day I worry.

  • Andy Mac

    Maybe some of the BBC team dont get on with Mr “Abrasive” Sheare ? Still its not life threatening whatever this muppet says !

  • Marco

    All the evidence points to a Newcastle win yet these Muppets still try to put us down.
    Carry on guys cos the truth is no one values your opinion anyway, total dinosaurs lol

  • gallowgate26

    Cheers Lawro, he is our lucky mascot. This is really his way of trying to help, he knows how poor a predictor he is!

  • Rich Lawson

    Lawrenson’a predictions are scored on the BBC website,all these pundits (especially Sky) should show their correct % every month ,or would that be to embarassing ?

    • gallowgate26

      They do score him against others, he is in 10,040th place!

      • Rich Lawson

        That’s what I’ve said,he is scored on BBC website ?

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman


      • Rich Lawson

        What my grammar as well ? Your giving me a real pasting today Bobbi !

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Just helping ☺

          • GToon

            You missed the “you’re” for your.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Any ex Brighton player is entitled to his opinion on the game.

  • GeordieZebra

    His face looks like mine when I bite my nails and discover the dog scoop bag has had a hole in… just ignore him. At least I wash my mouth out…

  • Alreet

    Really. Sour grapes lawro betting against us. Good. I like being a so called under dog. Give ritchie or atsu the ball and they are doing the biz atm. Another one for lascelles would do as well.

  • Paul Busby

    FFS. THese pundits are so gutless. They know our win streak is going to end eventually, so they just keep betting against us to allow them to say, “told you so”.
    If they’re wrong they can once again claim a valiant defensive effort with a nicked win.
    F**k off the lot of them.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    In not a fan of lawrenson and the BBC gets on my nerves but give him a break. He kick-started his career at Brighton so he’s going to have a soft spot for them.

    Most contributors on here seem to will us to lose anyway, don’t get annoyed when someone else does.

  • Wor Lass

    I expect every club`s ex-players predict them to win games against all but the top teams – look at Quinny on the Chronic. The thing is that it just doesn`t matter. Lawro at least gives it an honest go but with Prutton it`s become a bit of a game for him – just about the only way he can manufacture a bit of notoriety.

    • Guest 2

      Lawro, Prutton, Merson, Owen… the list of so called experts continually getting things wrong continues to grow.

      • Colin Brumwell

        Experts ,you are being polite there

  • Steve Pearce

    Go and stick your heed in GeordieZebra’s dog scoop bag you miserable [email protected]!

  • TwinFire

    My heart says we will get a 3-0 win with them getting at least one red card. My head says 0-0 as we shut them out at all costs. But a loss? I don’t think so, were the better team and playing with some swagger now. Unless Shelvy uses some colourful language to the ref…

  • Guest 2

    Beat them 2-0 at home and 2-1 away last season. We are on the up and they are down the bottom. Lawro is about as accurate as all the rest of the pundits – in other words he’s spouting [email protected]

  • Sing in the Leazes

    Been confident all week..
    We were mint first half last week.
    But just realised that it’s the same as Huddersfield where they aren’t getting lulled into a false sense of security.
    Unlike the mug fans of Stoke Swansea and West Ham.
    We possibly are being a bit too confident instead.
    All the comments on here back this theory up.
    Steady on lads. We have been well served by humility so far this season let’s keep wu feet on the ground eh?
    But yeah.. 2-0!!
    ha ha!