Paul Merson has had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Newcastle United supporters.
Some fans getting wound up because of how often in the past he would predict the team to lose.
Merson is covering the Newcastle v Bournemouth match in the Soccer Saturday programme on Sky Sports and thinks he has just made a lot of Newcastle fans very happy.
He confidently predicted Newcastle would lose against Watford and has done the same for tomorrow, a two goal victory for the visitors is the forecast.
Paul Merson thinking that NUFC fans will be more than happy he’s tipping Bournemouth with his tipping skills.
What you have to agree with him about is the form of Bournemouth, very unlucky to lose to Man Utd last weekend, having taken the lead and then conceding the winner in the very final stages.
Only four clubs have scored more than Bournemouth’s 20 goals (Newcastle have seven) and when you are averaging two per game that makes you a dangerous proposition.
We could have also done without this game following Callum Wilson’s call up to the England squad.
Wilson has been linked with Newcastle in the past, along with pretty much every other half decent striker, and with six goals including three in the last two games, his pace and goals are a big danger.
Josh King, yet another previously linked with Newcastle, has got four PL goals so far this season, then they have the luxury of Jermain Defoe to come off the bench. The former Sunderland striker having only 13 PL minutes this season showing the strength of their squad.
A £30m+ net investment in the squad saw the likes of £26m Jefferson Lerma added this summer, as well as £11m for David Brooks from Sheff United who is looking very good.
Newcastle are up against it with a possibly fatal lack of investment in the squad, yet again we look to Rafa Benitez to mastermind a result tomorrow that will prove Paul Merson wrong.
Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:
“I’m covering this game on Soccer Saturday.
“It should be a good game after Newcastle’s great result last week.
“I fancied Watford but they rode their luck and managed to get the result.
“Newcastle fans will be pleased to hear that I’m going for Bournemouth here.
“I went for Watford last week and they (Newcastle) won, they’ll be hoping for the same this week.
“There’s been talk of Callum Wilson going to Chelsea this week and, after earning his first England call, he’ll be buzzing, as will his team-mates who are scoring readily.
“What’s crazy is that despite going against them, Newcastle and Huddersfield could both get back-to-back wins.
“That would drag so many teams back into the relegation battle.
“Prediction is Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 2.”