I saw earlier today that Mark Lawrenson had predicted Liverpool will beat Real Madrid on Saturday.
Not exactly a surprise, as even if it was Liverpool reserves up against a Pele, Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo etc all time World best 11, he still wouldn’t have the scousers losing.
It isn’t a matter of life or death but surely at some point he needs to show some professionalism.
His Newcastle United predictions have featured regularly on The Mag this past season and interesting to see where his predictions would have seen NUFC end up, IF his predictions had all turned out right.
Mark Lawrenson predicted Newcastle would have won 7 games last season, drawn 10, and lost 21, that gives a total of only 31 points, in the real world that number of points would have been certain relegation.
Again in the real world, Newcastle actually won 12, got 8 draws, and lost 18 giving a final points tally of 44, 13 more than via his predictions.
This past season has seen Mark Lawrenson totally embarrass himself, by going through an entire season without forecasting Liverpool to lose a single game.
Even though they ended up 25 points off champions Man City, he didn’t forecast that the reds would lose a single game, when in actual fact, they lost five. He had them finishing on 84 points rather than the actual 75.
He also had Huddersfield and Watford relegated instead of their actual mid-table positions, whilst in his world West Brom and Stoke were safely mid-table instead of relegated.
The final 2017/18 Premier League table based on the Mark Lawrenson predictions:
The actual final 2017/18 Premier League Table:
The final 2016/17 Premier League table based on the Mark Lawrenson predictions:
As you can see, when you then include the previous (2016/17) season, Mark Lawrenson had Liverpool joint top with actual champions Chelsea. His predictions adding up to 92 points instead of the actual 76, whilst he once again had zero defeats instead of the six they really did have.
So 76 match predictions for Liverpool and not a single defeat!
Amusing as well to see he had Sunderland safely in mid-table, rather than the actual rock bottom that they finished.
Looking back at 2015/16 predictions, Liverpool actually finished only eighth in the Premier League and lost 10 matches, yet even then Mark Lawrenson had them only losing two.
So in total over the past three seasons he has forecasted Liverpool to lose two of 114 Premier League matches when the reality is they have lost 21 of them.
There are worse things in the world but surely at some point professionalism has to take over and it isn’t even amusing anymore when Lawrenson is just blindly refusing to allow a defeat for his beloved Liverpool. What is the point of him making a prediction for them when it isn’t objective?