Mark Lawrenson admits he got it badly wrong about Newcastle United
Mark Lawrenson has been looking ahead Wednesday night at Goodison Park.
Newcastle looking to make it consecutive away victories in the Premier League for the first time since November 2014.
Just over four years ago it was a 2-1 win at Spurs followed by a 2-0 at West Brom.
Mark Lawrenson though says ‘it is hard to see’ Newcastle getting even a point at Goodison Park.
Whilst Newcastle had a great record against West Ham (only one defeat in 20 years at St James Park) before Saturday’s match, against Everton it is a very different matter.
The last nine clashes, home and away, have seen eight wins for the scousers and a sole 3-2 victory for Newcastle in December 2014, a game that proved to be Alan Pardew’s final one in charge.
Mark Lawrenson admits he got it badly wrong ahead of Saturday’s match at St James Park, saying: ‘I thought Newcastle would keep their good run going against West Ham but they ended up being taken apart.’
Whilst Everton lost the derby in dramatic (and embarrassing for Pickford) circumstances in the final seconds on Sunday, Lawrenson claims that they played well and ‘looked like a proper team.’
Obviously it is a bit of an advantage over Newcastle when they had two players (Sigurdsson and Richarlison) up against Liverpool, who each alone cost more than the entire NUFC starting eleven against West Ham.
At least Rafa Benitez has a more or less full squad to choose from once again, with every chance that Shelvey and Lascelles will be brought back in to start on Wednesday night.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“I thought Newcastle would keep their good run going against West Ham but they ended up being taken apart.
“Everton were also beaten but they did really well in the Merseyside derby.
“They got their tactics right offensively and defensively, and looked like a proper team.
“It hard to see the Magpies getting anything at Goodison if Everton can replicate that performance.
“The Toffees fully deserve their place in the top six at the moment.
“Prediction is Everton 2 Newcastle 0.”
BBC Sport had as their guest this time, Ross MacDonald, making predictions as well.
He is the bassist with rock band The 1975 and is also a Macclesfield Town fan.
Ross predicts a 2-1 win for Everton and says lead singer of the band Matty Healy will ‘hate’ him for it. Matty is the son of Newcastle fans Tim Healy and Denise Welch and has carried on the family tradition, despite growing up in Cheshire.
“Matty (Healy) will hate me for this but I have gone for Everton. Newcastle were on a great run until the weekend but I am still not convinced by them.
(Newcastle’s Under-21 team play Macclesfield in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night in Sol Campbell’s first game in charge but MacDonald says he and Healy will not be able to go because they have a gig in London.)
“I told him this last week and we were both gutted. Macc and Newcastle do not play each other very often and if it were any other day, we would go.
“I am not sure how much I am going to see of Macc in the next few months – we’ve got a UK tour from January and then we start doing the rest of the world from March onwards, so we we won’t be around much for the next couple of years.
“But when Sol leads us into the Championship in 2021 I will hopefully be back for that, and that is when we can play Newcastle and Matty and I can go and watch it together, because they will surely have been relegated by then.”
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