Mark Lawrenson predicts Newcastle v Bournemouth
Mark Lawrenson has been looking ahead to Saturday afternoon at St James Park.
The BBC football ‘expert’ has reverted to type after having forecast wins for Rafa Benitez in the last two matches.
Mark Lawrenson has gone for a 1-1 draw having predicted previously Newcastle wins over Palace and Burnley.
It had taken him nine games before predicting a toon victory and got it right with the 1-0 v Palace, before Newcastle crashed at Turf Moor.
Maybe surprisingly, Lawrenson is quite generous with his comments on the performance at Burnley.
He was working for Radio 5 Live at the game and says ‘I saw them play really nice football, knock the ball around, but without a cutting edge’.
Whilst Newcastle fans took the result and performance on the chin, fair to say that most probably weren’t as positive as what Lawrenson has had to say.
The reference to ‘cutting edge’ is of course at the heart of things for Newcastle without real Premier League quality up front.
These last two games against Palace and Burnley have seen NUFC struggle to threaten the opposition goal, with only one or two efforts per game testing the keeper.
Interesting to see whether this will be the match for Rafa to try something a little different, whether it is personnel and/or formation, to try and help create more chances and hopefully goals.
Bournemouth are no mugs and won 2-1 at Stoke in their last away game, so yet again it is a fine balance when it comes to shuffling the limited options Rafa has at his disposal.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“I was part of BBC Radio 5 live’s commentary team when Newcastle went to Burnley on Monday and I saw them play really nice football, knock the ball around, but without a cutting edge.
“Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez’s whole premise is organisation, organisation and more organisation. He also loves passing and moving and you can see that Jonjo Shelvey will only get better under him.
“I think this season will only get better for Newcastle because if and when the takeover happens then the new owners will say to the manager ‘go and get a few players and then we will go for it next season’.
“As for Bournemouth, their skipper Simon Francis has described November as “a make-or-break” month with the trip to Newcastle followed by games against Huddersfield, Swansea and Burnley.
“I think a draw at Newcastle would be a good start. You go anywhere in the Premier League and get a draw – apart from the top six because they’re expected to win every game – then it is something to build on.
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