Mark Lawrenson is in serious trouble.
The BBC pundit is set to be called in front of the disciplinary panel of the (clueless) expert Premier League predictors union, after the grave error of predicting a win for Newcastle United.
Prior to this weekend, the combined efforts of Michael Owen, Paul Merson, and Mark Lawrenson, had seen 22 predictions so far this season, without a single one forecasting a Newcastle victory.
Paul Merson and Michael Owen kept on message, both of them going for a draw on Saturday, despite Newcastle being at home against rock bottom Crystal Palace, who until last weekend hadn’t scored a goal or picked up a point.
Lawrenson though has seriously stepped out of line, predicting a 2-1 home win for Newcastle.
No doubt, even if he is right in his prediction this weekend, we will see Mark Lawrenson quietly disappear and be replaced by somebody who knows the score, somebody with a proven record, like say David Prutton…
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“Palace finally got off the mark by beating Chelsea last week and you could see in that game the effect Roy Hodgson has had on the players on the training ground.
“The Eagles were also buoyed by Wilfried Zaha returning from injury and being extremely lively, as well as scoring the winner.
“Now there will be an expectation that they go to St James’ Park and get another positive result, but I think this is an extremely difficult game for them.
“Newcastle should really have seen out their game against Southampton last week. They had to settle for one point instead of three, but I was still very impressed by them.
“Of the three promoted teams, they are starting to look the most comfortable and – surprise, surprise – they have got a manager who is extremely experienced in the Premier League.
“Magpies boss Rafael Benitez moulds teams and makes the best out of the players he has got, which is why he is getting some good results.
“Hodgson follows a similar template, in that he organises his side and makes them hard to beat, but he has only just taken over so he is obviously a little bit behind Benitez in terms of where his side are at the moment.”
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