Paul Merson has looked ahead to Monday and predicted the outcome of Burnley v Newcastle.
The former Middlesbrough star acknowledges that he hasn’t predicted a win for Newcastle in the previous nine Premier League games but declares ‘that changes today!’.
Forecasting a 2-1 victory for Newcastle, even then Paul Merson appears to be messing with our heads.
Refusing to predict wins against the likes of West Ham, Stoke, and rock bottom Crystal Palace at home, Merson now confidently states that Newcastle will go to Burnley and come away with three points.
Rafa’s team may well do but Burnley are a very tough nut to crack, particularly at home.
They have lost only two of their nine league games and since losing at home to West Brom in the first game at Turf Moor, they have beaten Crystal Palace and drawn with Huddersfield and West Ham.
Not the most exciting set of results maybe but when you take into account Burnley have won at Chelsea and Everton, plus picked up a point at both Liverpool and Tottenham…
You would think that Paul Merson just possibly does little to no research and picks many of his predictions based on getting a reaction and/or simple making it up as he goes along.
As well as Burnley being hard to beat, Newcastle failed to create any real threat against bottom side Palace until Merino’s 86th minute winner.
Paul Merson says it would be ‘brilliant’ if Newcastle look in a safe position by January and can have a ‘real go in the FA Cup’. Can’t disagree with him on that one.
Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports:
“I haven’t gone for Newcastle to win once this season but that changes today!
“Burnley’s home form has been a little shaky and Newcastle are on a roll.
“They did well against Southampton and the Palace win was big for them.
“They are punching well above their weight – if they finish sixth Rafa Benitez will be manager of the season.
“The name of the game remains safety and hopefully for Newcastle fans their club will be in a position in January to have a real go in the FA Cup.
“That would be brilliant.”