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Mark Lawrenson gives his last ever Newcastle United prediction – Going into retirement

1 month ago
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Mark Lawrenson is retiring from the predication fame.

The BBC Sport pundit is calling it a day after more than two decades of forecasting results.

His last ever round of Premier League predictions now having been published for this coming Sunday (22 May 2022).

Looking back at his prediction career, Mark Lawrenson claiming that it wasn’t his bias and unprofessionalism showing through when for three and a half years and 159 matches in a row, he predicted that Liverpool wouldn’t lose!

Although there again, that was probably still not as embarrassing as some of his over the top comments praising Steve Bruce, when Newcastle United fans could see that Bruce was dragging NUFC towards disaster.

Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport:

‘After more than 20 years, legendary BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson is making his final set of Premier League predictions this weekend.

Lawro first started the weekly feature, which would become a fixture on Football Focus, BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website, way back in 2000.

Lawro was also responsible for the longest unbeaten run in English football history. Well, sort of.

No, not the 49 games by Arsenal’s Invincibles between May 2003 and October 2004 – this is the 159-game streak that Lawro tipped Liverpool to remain undefeated for, between May 2016 and November 2020.

In fairness, his former team only lost 16 of those games in real life…

“I only became aware I didn’t tip Liverpool to lose a couple of seasons into that run when people started giving me a bit of stick about it,” Lawro explained.’

Going into forecasting retirement, Mark Lawrenson giving his last ever Newcastle United prediction for this away match at Turf Moor on Sunday:

“Burnley started playing with freedom when they sacked Sean Dyche and they won a few games that way.

“The way they were playing was the way you can do when there is no expectation or pressure on your shoulders, but it was a different story once they gave themselves a chance of staying up.

“It was no surprise to see them tighten up again recently, because teams always revert to type.

“The Clarets are determined – which helped them get a point against Aston Villa on Thursday – but they have gone back to how they were playing previously, which is with an element of fear.

“Newcastle, meanwhile, have done a lot of hard work since the turn of the year and had some excellent results.

“I’d be surprised if they left Turf Moor empty-handed… so the final relegation place could be in the balance until the very last kick of the campaign.

“Prediction is Burnley 1 Newcastle 1.”

With Everton beating Crystal Palace on Thursday night, it means a straight fight between Burnley and Leeds.

Burnley were winning last night themselves but Villa equalised just after the break, however, holding on for the point could prove crucial on Sunday.

That point has put Burnley ahead of Leeds.

Premier League Table 20 May 2022

It is only on goal difference BUT it means that now Leeds must get a better match result than Burnley to stay up.

So either a Leeds win and a draw for Burnley (at best), or a draw for Leeds and Burnley lose. If Burnley win against Newcastle then Leeds would be powerless, unless winning by 20 more goals than Burnley do.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 2-1 defeat for Leeds at Brentford which would automatically mean relegation, regardless of what happens at Turf Moor.

Newcastle United fans are happily only interested bystanders as this final matchday drama plays out, to decide the final relegation spot.

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