Charlie Nicholas has been looking ahead to Newcastle v Luton on Saturday.
The Sky Sports pundit predicts plenty of goals at St James Park and the worst possible outcome for Rafa Benitez…
Charlie Nicholas has gone for an FA Cup third round replay which is the last thing the Newcastle manager would want.
Nicholas predicting a 2-2 draw and Rafa having yet another unwanted cup game to deal with, as he tries to concentrate on the main (only…) job of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.
Charlie Nicholas says ‘I’m expecting Rafael Benitez to make changes’, well Charlie, he made 10 for the League Cup defeat against Forest back in August and I anticipate at least the same on Saturday.
After starving his manager of realistic transfer funds in the summer, Mike Ashley ridiculously said that he expected Newcastle to be in a safe position by January and able to have a real go at winning the FA Cup.
Even more ridiculous was the gimmick of offering a £20m bonus to the players if they win the FA Cup, at the same time as Ashley was refusing to back Rafa Benitez in bringing in the essential signings needed in the summer.
You just couldn’t make it up.
Charlie Nicholas talking to Sky Sports:
“After a great result at Stoke I’m expecting Rafael Benitez to make changes given it has only put Newcastle two points above the drop zone.
“He (Rafa) has not got a big squad and they don’t score a lot of goals, so the idea of a comfortable afternoon is foreign for the St James’ Park faithful.
“In contrast all we hear with Luton is they’re scoring four or five.
“They also have their problems defensively and will come to attack so I’m going for them to get a replay here in what is a really awkward one for Newcastle right now.
“Prediction is Newcastle 2 Luton 2.”
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