Mark Lawrenson has been looking ahead to Saturday’s late afternoon kick-off at Manchester City.

Despite being a big fan of Rafa Benitez via the Liverpool connection, Lawrenson says Newcastle United and the fans just ‘have to get on with what they have got.’

The BBC pundit declaring ‘I know they go on about Mike Ashley – and they have a point – but he isn’t going to change.’

What an existence we have been dealt.

Now in the twelfth season under Ashley and we just have to get on with it.

I know what Mark Lawrenson is saying and actually agree with him for one, but it doesn’t make it any easier to take.

Outside of transfer windows, Rafa Benitez and his squad, and to a certain extent the fans, do indeed just have to get on with it.

The supporters doing exactly that, although the fact that none of the first five matches has seen Newcastle fans buy up all the tickets, tells us just how low the mood has taken us under the fat controller.

Mark Lawrenson goes for a 3-0 home win and considering Newcastle have conceded 22 goals on their last five visits here, it could be seen as a quite generous prediction.

In any game you usually look for some angle pre-match to suggest Newcastle have a chance of winning but in this one, that is all but impossible.

A gutsy display and staying in the match as long as possible is probably the biggest hope for most Newcastle fans, difficult to believe that this is what we are reduced to when we have a billionaire owner and there has never been more money flowing into Newcastle United than there is now.

Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport:

“Newcastle were smashed out of the Carabao Cup.

“I know they go on about Mike Ashley – and they have a point – but he isn’t going to change.

“They have to get on with what they have got.

“This will be a very tough game.

“Prediction is Manchester City 3 Newcastle United 0.””

Man City v Newcastle Match Betting:

Man City win 1/10Draw 10/1Newcastle win 28/1

Rondon to score first goal 17/1NUFC win 1-0 70/17 goals or more in match 17/2

All Man City v Newcastle betting HERE


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