Dillian Whyte wants Newcastle United to beat Fulham for his old teacher
Dillian Whyte takes on fellow heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora in the big fight in London on Saturday.
The winner reportedly in line to then meet Anthony Joshua.
Ahead of the fight though, almost 300 miles away Newcastle take on Fulham tomorrow afternoon at St James Park.
Dillian Whyte saying he wants Rafa’s team to get the win because of the influence of one of his former teachers.
Whyte was born in Jamaica but then grew up in Brixton in London, the 6ft 4 eventual boxer, playing as both a goalkeeper and defender when interested in football as a kid.
This week’s BBC Sport guest, Dillian Whyte has predicted a 3-0 win for Newcastle and says his old teacher will see this.
The now 30 year old top boxer still remembers being at school in Brixton and one of his teachers being a fanatical Newcastle United fan, who never stopped talking about them. Putting two and two together, his age suggests it would have been around about the Sir Bobby Robson era when they were teacher and pupil, meaning at the time he had plenty of positive stuff to ‘rave on’ about.
Mark Lawrenson has also gone for a Newcastle win, a comfortable 2-0.
He points to Newcastle’s improved form, even though it can still be a ‘little bit up and down’, after two points from the first nine games, Rafa and his players have picked up 14 in the last eight matches.
If they can make it 17 points from the last nine on Saturday, that will be a real turn around in this run-up to Christmas.
Dillian Whyte talking to BBC Sport:
“I played a little bit (of football) when I was growing up – I was a good goalkeeper and a very good defender.
“At school I had a teacher who was a massive Newcastle fan.
“I hope he sees this, because I am backing them to win.
“He used to rave on about Newcastle all the time and I used to think, ‘Mate, I don’t care – I am just here to hear the final bell so I can get out of school quickly!’
“Prediction is Newcastle 3 Fulham 0.”
Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport:
“Fulham had their chances in their defeat by West Ham last week, but could not take any of them.
“Cottagers boss Claudio Ranieri has been in charge for just over a month now and I am sure he will have been sizing up his squad, deciding who he wants to bring in when the January transfer window opens.
“I know Fulham spent a bit of money in the summer, but they need to spend again because they are not going to stay up with what they have got.
“Newcastle still have their own relegation worries and their home form is a problem, but I am backing them to win this one.
“Results-wise the Magpies are still a little bit up and down, but overall their form has been a lot better than it was at the start of the season.
“Prediction is Newcastle 2 Fulham 0.”
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