Dolph Lundgren was the guest of BBC Sport this week, as they ask a celebrity each round of Premier League matches to predict the outcomes.
Growing up in Sweden Lundgren says he was an Everton back in the 1970s, English football of course has always been popular in Scandinavia.
Newcastle United are on a roll, having won all three matches in November, looking to start December in the best possible way by extending that run to four.
Dolph Lundgren, who shot to prominence in the fourth Rocky film, has predicted that they will do so and has gone for a 2-1 win to Rafa’s team.
Mark Lawrenson is of course the resident BBC Sport ‘expert’ and after predicting Newcastle to beat both Watford and Bournemouth, he went for a draw against Burnley on Monday night. Claiming before the game that if offered a point ‘Rafa Benitez would snap your hand off’.’
Instead. Newcastle were worthy winners with all three points and Lawrenson thinks it will be another three on Saturday.
He believes it will be even more comfortable than the Dolph Lundgren forecast, Lawrenson going for 2-0 to Newcastle.
Though not believing the Hammers will go down, he describes West Ham as ‘flaky’, and with only one win at St James Park since 1998 the visiting fans won’t travel with the greatest of expectations.
Rafa Benitez is hot favourite for the November Manager of the month award, if he somehow managed the same in December that would be some recovery.
Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport:
‘When Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez puts a run of good results together, it is not for just two or three games – it seems to last a bit longer than that.
‘The Magpies are currently unbeaten for four games and have won their past three, and I can see them getting three more points here.
‘West Ham, meanwhile, have only won one of their past six matches.
‘Flaky is probably a good way to describe them, although I don’t see them getting dragged down into the relegation battle.
‘Prediction is Newcastle 2 West Ham 0.”
Dolph Lundgren (who was a goalkeeper as a boy) speaking to BBC Sport:
“Everton were my team back in the day – this was a long time ago in the late 1970s when I lived in Sweden and before I moved to the United States aged 17.
“I used to watch the World Cup too, when Germany were very good and Franz Beckenbauer and those guys were the stars.
“Sweden did very well in Russia last summer and I watched quite a bit of that, but they had quite a boring team. I liked the Sweden team in 1994 in the US – they were good.
“With the English Premier League, I don’t have that many memories. I have to re-watch stuff to remember who I was rooting for.”
‘Dolph Lundgren prediction: Newcastle 2 West Ham 1.’