It is a Liverpool love-in at BBC Sport this week, with comedian Russell Howard joining Mark Lawrenson in making predictions for this weekend’s matches.
Lawrenson of course played for Liverpool and has now gone over two years without predicting a defeat for the scousers in the Premier League.
In the case of Russell Howard he is a lifelong Liverpool fan having been born and bred in…Bristol, naturally.
They both go for an easy win for Leicester, in Lawrenson’s case by two goals and for Howard it is three goals, with Newcastle failing to get on the scoresheet.
Maybe Newcastle will get beat by two or three, after all, with the likes of Vardy and Mahrez the Foxes do have some very good players.
However, Lawrenson doesn’t exactly paint a true reflection of the current situation now.
There is no complacency from anybody connected to Newcastle but after recent results (10 points from the last 15) the bookies have NUFC as high as 60/1 to go down.
Despite this, Mark Lawrenson describes this weekend’s game as ‘Leicester chasing Burnley for seventh’ whilst ‘Newcastle are trying to stay clear of the bottom three’.
You could also describe it as ‘Eighth plays twelfth with Newcastle closing to within five points of Leicester if they win.’
Leicester have actually drawn their last three home PL games with Stoke, Bournemouth and Swansea, so that gives Newcastle every encouragement.
Whilst when the ‘experts’ predict multiple goal defeats for Rafa’s team I always find it laughable as it has no basis on form/results.
Sounds like a broken record but you simply can’t ignore the Jamaal Lascelles FACTS in the 25 PL games he has started:
Only 23 goals conceded.
Only conceded three goals once (at Man City).
NUFC have conceded twice in another four of those games, meaning 20 out of 25 Lascelles starts have seen one or zero goals conceded.
Only twice have Newcastle lost by a two goal margin with the captain in the starting eleven, away at Man City and Liverpool.
If Leicester do win by two or three then it will be very much against what the stats and the form says, plus they will very much have earned that result if they get it.
I like Russell Howard as a comedian but maybe he should lay off the football jokes…
Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport:
“Leicester are chasing Burnley for seventh place.
“While Newcastle are trying to stay clear of the bottom three.
“The Magpies make themselves difficult to beat away from home but they never look like scoring enough goals for me, which is why I am going for a Foxes win.
“Prediction is Leicester 2 Newcastle 0.”
Russell Howard prediction when talking to BBC Sport:
“Riyad Mahrez to get a hat-trick and then he will dye his hair orange at the end.
“Leicester 3 Newcastle 0.”
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