With the lack of action at Newcastle United off the pitch this season, you would almost think Mike Ashley and his minions didn’t care if the club ends up going downhill yet again/even further.
Only 14 games remain and not one player bought this transfer window, only the Kenedy short-term loan, leaving Newcastle seriously at risk of a third relegation in nine Premier League seasons under Mike Ashley.
Mark Lawrenson believes that the stalled takeover of the club is still casting a shadow over NUFC and is proving a major distraction.
The BBC Sport pundit predicting that any takeover is set to take even ‘longer than Brexit’.
Whilst the takeover is an unknown quantity, what is clear is that Newcastle now face two vital matches with only Kenedy as a possible starter in either game.
It is Palace away on Sunday but first Newcastle are home to a Burnley side who haven’t won in their last seven Premier League matches, leading Mark Lawrenson to say that in comparison Newcastle’s two wins in the same period makes them ‘look like an in-form side’.
To be fair to Newcastle, their last six games have seen two defeats to Manchester City and eight points from twelve against four other relegation contenders, which is pretty decent form considering the hand that Rafa Benitez has at his disposal.
Sean Dyche has now said that Burnley could have as many as eight players unavailable and whilst Mark Lawrenson predicts a 1-1 draw, this is really a game that Newcastle almost certainly have to win.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“Burnley have gone seven Premier League games without a win and Newcastle, who have won twice in the same period, look like an in-form side in comparison.
“It is very hard to pick either side to go and win, although Burnley will undoubtedly return to form at some point.
“I am still concerned about Newcastle, because they are being distracted by talk of a takeover and, by the looks of things, that is going to last longer than Brexit.
“Prediction is Newcastle 1 Burnley 1.”
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