It is Tottenham v Newcastle on Wednesday night and Paul Merson has been making his prediction.

As he helpfully jokes/points out: ‘Newcastle do not get the chance to go to Wembley too often, do they?’

It is actually 18 years since NUFC were last at Wembley, just before the old stadium was knocked down, Newcastle lost 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final to Chelsea.

So in terms of the ‘new’ Wembley, this will be a first ever visit.

I’m pretty sure I haven’t missed anything and if Newcastle did spring a surprise, it would be a first United victory at Wembley in a competitive match in 63 years, today actually being the exact day (7 May) in 1955 when the Magpies defeated Man City 3-1 to lift the FA Cup.

As usual, Paul Merson doesn’t bother with anything so trivial as research, the Sky Sports pundit saying Newcastle ‘will have to be careful’ as they’ll be expected to ‘put on a show’ if they have a big following at Wembley.

However, Newcastle will only have the 3,132 fans in the official away section, despite Spurs revealing there is set to be tens of thousands of empty seats.

In their last two home games, Tottenham managed to lose thirty thousand fans in between the two matches, when Watford turned up after the previous visit of Man City.

A stadium map showing which seats still available for Wednesday, made clear that it will be a crowd for the Newcastle game similar to the fifty two thousand who were at Spurs v Watford, rather than the 80,000+ that have turned up for more attractive matches.

Paul Merson points out the poor results of both teams, Newcastle losing at Watford to make it three defeats in a row, whilst Spurs lost 1-0 at West Brom, making  it only four points from their last four matches.

The North London side now at serious risk of losing their Champions League place, with only three points now separating Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, with only two places still up for grabs.

Merson goes for a 2-1 ‘home’ win but warns that Tottenham ‘can embarrass you’, if Newcastle defend like they did in the first half on Saturday, things could get VERY embarrassing.

Let us hope that Rafa Benitez can spur his players on to at least one more decent performance and exploit the nerves that Tottenham are now displaying.

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports:

“If you look at Spurs’ fixtures, then if you had to pick two teams to play at home, it would be Newcastle and Leicester.

“But at the same time, Newcastle do not get the chance to go to Wembley too often, do they?

“And their fans may make it a bit of a party.

“You would have expected Spurs to get something at West Brom on Saturday, though.

“I think Spurs will win, Newcastle were poor at Watford on Saturday – better second half, but it is easy to play when you are 2-0 down.

“They have to be careful, though, as they have good fans and if they turn up in their thousands at Wembley, they will want them to put on a show.

“And if they do not, Spurs are the type of team that can embarrass you on their day.

“The pressure is severely on Tottenham, though, so I think they will win 2-1.

“Prediction is Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1.”

Tottenham v Newcastle v Match Betting:

Spurs win 1/6Draw 7/1Newcastle win 18/1

Perez to score the first goal 15/1NUFC to win 1-0 50/1Moussa Sissoko to be man of the match 13/1

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I`ve taken 2-2 at 25/1, the staff in Ladbrokes were laughing their heads off,
    1 remarked we`ll give you 250/1 for Joselu to score 1st, very droll
    if it comes up it`ll pay for my Hols in Majorca

    • Albert Stubbins

      Unlikely as he won’t play. I’ll give you a thousand to one!!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        that`s why they were taking the p1 $$

        • Albert Stubbins

          I thought you were going to put a Pund on lol

          • MichaelMaximusMoose


  • Albert Stubbins

    Unfortunately he’s right. I’m glad he didn’t do his research on when we last won there. It’s embarrassing. Edit. Didn’t we beat Liverpool in the mercantile cup in about 1988 before getting beat off Tranmere? Still we’ve been a joke down there and I’ve witnessed three of them with my own eyes.

  • shellington

    If he hadn’t spent 90% of his career pizzed he would have seen a fair bit more of it himself.

  • Coach Clagnut

    The dry drunk pontificating through the last 3 brain cells he’s got left.

    He’s about as amusing as Ebola and this website should bin him immediately but as they’re under the command of a tax avoiding gambling company, they must have their instructions to feature all the old washed – up pro’s who have similar endorsements.
    Go on, have a bet! Giz ya money.

  • Leazes.

    If you thinks all of his comments are stupid then why are you using him as part of your advertising for the betting site?