I have to agree with Paul Merson on one thing.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Middlesbrough and Walsall star says that Newcastle v Burnley a ‘massive football match’.

The latest transfer window shambles under Mike Ashley, has seen Newcastle United’s actual matches going into the background.

However, this is arguably Newcastle’s most winnable game that they have left this season.

Having all but reached Premier League survival by December, Burnley have totally taken their foot off the gas. They have failed to win any of their last eight matches, including seven in the league.

Added to this, Sean Dyche’s squad have half a dozen injuries to key players and with only a handful of points needed for safety, it is unlikely he will be risking anybody who isn’t totally fit and potentially losing them for a lengthy period.

In contrast, Newcastle have actually done ok and Rafa Benitez has pulled the team out of their horrendous run of one point from nine games in the Autumn.

It is seven and a half weeks now since anybody apart from Manchester City beat Newcastle in the Premier League, so it surely would be a bit of a surprise if Burnley pulled off a win.

However, that hasn’t prevented Paul Merson predicting disaster for Rafa Benitez, even though he admits Burnley’s results ‘have started to level out’.

Merson predicts a 1-0 away win with the pressure on Newcastle.

For sure there will be pressure on Newcastle to perform in this game but this is surely a must win match and despite only Kenedy arriving (so far…), there can be no excuses for the players not to take the game to an injury weakened Burnley side in poor form.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“This is another massive football match.

“Newcastle went out of the cup at the weekend so it’s another year without a trophy.

Newcastle will be under pressure to bounce back against Burnley at St James’ Park.

“Burnley have hit a bit of a brick wall of late. Their results have started to level out after what was an unbelievable start to the season.

“However, I thought they were very unlucky against (ED: Manchester!) United and could have even sneaked a draw.

“With another performance like that, I’m backing them to sneak a win.

“Prediction is Newcastle 0 Burnley 1.”

Newcastle v Burnley Match Betting:

Newcastle win 6/5Draw 85/40Burnley win 3/1

NUFC win 2-0 17/2NUFC to win AND there to be 3 or more goals in match 3/1Lascelles first player to be carded 9/1

All Newcastle v Burnley betting HERE

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    when you read the line “Burnley hasn`t won in the last 8” you know that`ll most likely be put right tomorrow night

  • Peaky Magpie

    Aye Father Jack whatever…….

  • len robson

    Do people on here think like me they have better things to do with there life than reading this so should we switch to the weather forecast for something to do.

    • Megatron1505

      If they did then they probably wouldn’t comment…..because that would be daft.

  • Jezza

    It’s going to be tough against Burnley purely due to the feel bad factor created by yet another Ashley driven non existent transfer window at St James’s Park. Burnley will be buoyed by having got the players they wanted in the window while morale among the Newcastle team could well be very low especially if it is infected by the mood of the home crowd. I can foresee a miserable evening to put the seal on this utterly miserable transfer window.

  • Geordie Pete Moore

    For me Swansea was the must win game, this game against Burnley is huge if we fail in this game the pressure mounts, the fans get very agitated and it will show in every game after. We then need a lot of luck, We might just scrape through this year as our defence is slightly better than the last time we dropped so churning out a few boring 0-0 draws with a bit of luck is the most we can hope for. Shocked and stunned at the Jan transfer window, Even if we manage to pull off a last min deal for a striker it’s unacceptable for Rafa and I can see him walking.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Tight game and one goal to settle it,hopefully we get it.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Off the a**e of The Hoss.

      • Kneebotherm8

        That’s his speciality…..

        • Peaky Magpie

          Special player…..special case…..special needs….

  • thewildchimp

    I kinda realised NUFC is the Oliver Twist of the footballing world.

    Held in contempt by the authorities, it only wants to play good football and be friends with everyone else. However, it gets enslaved by the group of criminals who don’t want to let it go. Its peers scorn it. Some passers-by express their pity, but none care to offer any help. Week, meek, left to survive in any way possible in the harsh world. A really sh’tty life.

    Although, the main thug gets blasted in the end and I kinda cherish this part.

  • Mrkgw

    Merson backing us to lose? Hardly a surprise is it. Bloke never has a good word to say about NUFC. That said, with Ashley pulling the strings, who can blame these pundits for twisting the knife.

  • Colin Brumwell

    Scrape through to end of the season and repeat next year, and the next, why bother you may as well watch Blyth or the Heed

    • Whickhamrobbie

      Spot on Heed v Wrexham tonight ,get doon there

  • huntforbeer

    Does anybody really care what Merson thinks.
    An average footballer with well documented off the field problems