Mark Lawrenson predicted Newcastle wouldn’t be able to handle Wilfried Zaha last weekend and would lose to Crystal Palace.

Now he says it will be the pace of Jamie Vardy and the rest of the Leicester attack that the Newcastle defence won’t be able to handle on Saturday, with an away victory very much on the cards.

The least of Newcastle’s worries are the defence, Martin Dubravka has been very good as per last season, whilst Lascelles and Fernandez are looking to be just as solid a rock as Lejeune and the Newcastle United captain proved to be in the latter months of last season.

There is no doubt that a freescoring Newcastle attack looks unlikely this season and the club’s announcement that Salomon Rondon has now got a thigh injury, is the last thing Rafa needed ahead of the first home match of the season where NUFC are expected to get something.

The bookies actually making a Newcastle win the most likely outcome of the three possible results.

A bit strange considering Leicester are no mugs and Newcastle have only won one of their last 12 matches, with 9 defeats and 2 draws.

Usually very sympathetic to Rafa Benitez, no doubt due to the Liverpool connection, nevertheless Mark Lawrenson declares ‘There is a lot of goodwill towards Benitez from the Newcastle fans, but he has got start getting some points.’

The BBC Sport pundit following that by saying ‘At the moment, there is still an awful lot of noise coming from supporters about Mike Ashley and how he needs to spend more money on players, but they should park that until the transfer window opens in January.’

It is all very well telling everybody to forget about Mike Ashley but for Newcastle fans, their loathing  of the club’s owner is about far more than spending a few more quid on players.

Obviously the ridiculous way Mike Ashley has treated Rafa Benitez with regard to transfer ‘backing’ is the most obvious, and even on just that one issue, match after match it is impossible not to feel the impact of a lack of spending, especially in the forward areas.

Bookies and neutrals might see Newcastle at home to Leicester as a great chance to pick up points for the Magpies but simple fact is, when it comes to investment in the team, Newcastle are light years behind the Foxes, and a win for the clack and whites would be a real triumph in adversity.

Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport:

“Newcastle got a draw at Crystal Palace last weekend, but I will never know how Mamadou Sakho missed an easy chance to win it for the Eagles late on.

“Rafa Benitez’s side need to find a way to start winning games, though, and I cannot see that happening on Saturday.

“With the pace that Leicester have got in their attack, I can see them going to St James’ Park and winning.

“There is a lot of goodwill towards Benitez from the Newcastle fans, but he has got start getting some points.

“At the moment, there is still an awful lot of noise coming from supporters about Mike Ashley and how he needs to spend more money on players, but they should park that until the transfer window opens in January.

“Prediction is Newcastle 0 Leicester 2.”



  • Andrew

    The day you start helping out our cause by speaking out about Ashley yourself, Mark, you can lecture us fans on what we protest about.

    Until that happens – mind yer business.

    • DeadToiler

      Well said

      • Dave Pattinson

        Dead right! Park the noise & Ashley will think he’s won. He’s getting rattled so keep up the momentum. Sorry Lawro, keep your comments to L’pool.

  • Kenny

    Moron

  • Kneebotherm8

    We’re parking nothing till January Mark…………..Ashley NEVER delivers in the transfer market for Benitez…………..can’t you see that………you’re fckn oblivious to the facts…

  • Paul Patterson

    I disagree. Him and his cronies are rattled. Ramp it up if anything..

  • toonterrier

    The bus has been parked for the last twelve seasons in fact under fatty its broken down and nothing will change until we force the greedy git out. The only way to fix the problem is for a new owner with a bit of ambition and the willingness to invest in the club that will help us move forward and out of the parking lot.

  • FatParosite

    Typical of a myopic gobsh1te to spew partisan twaddle. Bishop inspired efforts to turn down the volume means that it is very definitely working. Ashley’s sudden appearance at a game means it’s working. Keegan’s words means it is working. Only an idiot would say be quiet. Lawrenson never let’s us down when we need idiot soundbites.

  • TheFatController

    He thinks it’s limited to ‘lack of spend on players’ – not:-
    – the total disrespect of everyone connected to the club that he doesn’t appoint or control,
    – the lack of investment in infrastructure
    – The lack of transparency on where money goes, particularly club shop revenues and land sold off/leased

    How embarrassing to expose himself as having such a naive and almost childish understanding of the situation. But what else should we expect from him? Is he well informed or another of the many poorly educated, uninformed pundits?

  • Wor Lass

    Lawro`s a bit of a berk but I think he`s genuine. He`s an ordinary bloke who`s made it but hasn`t changed much. Of course, he doesn`t really understand the whole situation with Ashley and exactly why/how much we hate the imbecile – he`s too busy focusing on Liverpool and never, ever predicting that they`ll be beaten.

  • robbersdog

    If Lawrenson is right and we lose 0-2 against Leicester, we’ll be in a full-blown crisis. And then we’re away to Man Utd.

    If we get zero points from the next two games, It’ll be like getting an arrow through the neck, only to find that there’s a gas bill attached to it.

  • BigHairyDog

    Typical Lawrenson vitriol, it’s never changed since his big ‘pal’ Dalglish sacked him as defensive coach. Why comment on the cause when you can have a right dig at the people you blame for your sacking, Lawrenson is the king of sarcasm so do we take anything he says seriously?

    • Nart

      He was spot on though