Paul Merson has given his forecast for Sunday’s match.
The former Middlesbrough player claiming ‘people will be surprised’ at his scoreline prediction for the Southampton v Newcastle match.
Well other people may be surprised at what Merson has forecast but I doubt Newcastle fans will be.
Southampton have failed to score in a remarkable nine of their last ten home matches, only against a dismal West Ham team (a week before the Hammers lost to Newcastle) did they manager to put the ball in the net.
Not surprisingly their supporters haven’t been too impressed and judging by their comments ahead of Sunday, they don’t expect to see many goals or entertainment at St Mary’s in the near future either.
So what is Merson’s expert reasoning for Southampton to suddenly score goals and win 2-0?
The Sky Sports pundit declaring ‘I just think sooner or later something has to happen’.
As for Newcastle, Paul Merson acknowledges the very decent result and performance against Liverpool but prefers to take into consideration the previous game at Brighton, when a game of few chances saw the Seagulls sneak it 1-0.
Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:
“Southampton are a funny team who don’t score enough goals.
“I know people will be surprised that I’d say they will win this 2-0 but I just think sooner or later something has to happen and they need to start entertaining, otherwise Mauricio Pellegrino is going to be in trouble.
“They sacked the last manager because he was not entertaining enough and the new manager is no different so far.
“Newcastle had a good result against Liverpool but I also look at their last away game when they lost at Brighton.
“Prediction Southampton 2 Newcastle 0.”
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