Mark Lawrenson predicts record breaking Manchester City win against Newcastle United
Mark Lawrenson believes that even with a ‘non-performance’ tonight, Manchester City will still beat Newcastle United.
The BBC Sport pundit says it is difficult to predict what team Pep Guardiola will select in the three remaining Premier League games of the season.
With the league title already won and a Champions League final to prepare for, Mark Lawrenson thinks it will be a balance between looking after the Man City players in their last three PL games but at the same time making sure they are kept up to their level in readiness for Chelsea in 15 days time.
Whatever 11 players Guardiola plays though at St James Park, Mark Lawrenson thinks will be ‘strong enough to beat Newcastle’ tonight.
If / when Manchester City win tonight, they will create a new Premier League record, the first PL team to win 12 away matches in a row.
Mark Lawrenson says Newcastle’s win at Leicester was ‘another great result’ for Steve Bruce and that it is ‘no coincidence that they are doing well now they have their best players back fit’…a very short memory for the BBC Sport pundit as the same players were available in the match before and yet Bruce’s Newcastle team were woeful when losing 2-0 at home to Arsenal.
Whilst Man City are on a run of 11 PL away wins, that Arsenal defeat means that Newcastle have won only two of their last 11 home PL games, pretty desperate stuff, Steve Bruce winning just two home games in over five months.
On Boxing Day, Bruce left out Callum Wilson and played a weakened team against Man City, who strolled to a 2-0 win that could and should have been a lot more. Steve Bruce has now admitted that he wishes he’d handled Wilson’s return to the side better as now he’s injured again and misses the rest of the season.
Whilst Steve Bruce keeps making the same laughable claim that he should only be judged when all first team players are fit, something any manager very very rarely has, no excuses not to have a real go tonight with the likes of ASM, Almiron and Willock available to be unleashed against a Man City side with thoughts on Portugal in 15 days time.
Mark Lawrenson predicts an easy 2-0 win for the visitors and Newcastle fans would have no complaints if that indeed ended up the scoreline, BUT only if they see Steve Bruce send out the players in this free hit game to try and give supporters some encouragement, that next season will be nowhere near as bad as the desperate approach and football we have seen from him for the vast majority of this season.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“Newcastle got another great result last time out, winning at Leicester, but it’s no coincidence that they are doing well now they have their best players back fit.
“This is a very difficult game to predict, because I have no idea what sort of team Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will put out, with his team confirmed as champions and the Champions League final two weeks away.
“City have got two more league games after this one, away at Brighton on Tuesday and then at home to Everton on the final day.
“Guardiola will have a pretty good idea of his team to face Chelsea in Portugal, but he can’t just rest all of them for a fortnight – he needs to keep them sharp.
“Who he chooses to use beforehand, and when, is going to be key for making sure his best side are absolutely ready physically on 29 May.
“We might see a non-performance from City in one of their games before then, but I’m guessing their team will be strong enough to beat Newcastle.
“Prediction is Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2”
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