Last weekend Mark Lawrenson broke ranks.
After over two months and 20+ match predictions from Michael Owen, Paul Merson, and himself, Mark Lawrenson was the first this season to forecast a Newcastle win.
He predicted a one goal margin win for Rafa Benitez in a tight game against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, which was exactly what we got.
Mikel Merino coming off the bench to head the winner after neither goalkeeper had hardly had any serious efforts on goal to worry about.
Monday night looks set to deliver a similarly tough match with two teams built from the back on what have looked solid defences this season.
Mark Lawrenson saying both Burnley and Newcastle are ‘well organised and well drilled, and are difficult to beat’.
So far this season Burnley have lost only two out of nine and Newcastle three from nine.
Being the worm that at last turned last weekend, there is seemingly no stopping Mark Lawrenson now, the BBC pundit going for 2-1 away win for Newcastle.
He admits to being impressed with Newcastle this season ‘who have been doing much better than I have been predicting they will’.
Hopefully now we will see Newcastle doing exactly as Lawrenson is predicting…
Talking of worms turning, Paul Merson looks to have also caught the bug, as he has also predicted a 2-1 win for Newcastle at Burnley, although his reasoning for the change of mind is predictably nonsense.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“I have been very impressed by Newcastle, who have been doing much better than I have been predicting they will.
“Much like Burnley, the Magpies are well organised and well drilled, and are difficult to beat.
“This game is going to be very close, but I am backing Newcastle to come out on top – just.