Newcastle United supporters have been particularly happy in the Transfer Tavern during the international break following their side’s fine start to the season.
The North East giants have won three of their opening seven Premier League matches to sit ninth in the division, with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool last time out indicative of the progress they are making under manager Rafa Benitez.
And the Spaniard will be hoping for another victory on Sunday when his side travel to Southampton, although Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson isn’t expecting it to be a happy trip down south for the Magpies, which is also reflected by the 888sport odds.
The 49-year-old spent much of his playing career at Arsenal between 1985 and 1997, in which time he played over 400 games for the Gunners, helping them win two First Division titles as well as the domestic cup double in 1993.
The midfielder also played for the likes of Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, and Walsall during his career, yet has been a regular pundit for Sky Sports in recent years, and as such is expecting Benitez’s men to lose 2-0 at St Mary’s this weekend, citing one particular reason for his prediction.
He said: ‘Newcastle had a good result against Liverpool but I also look at their last away game when they lost at Brighton.’
This prediction is likely to frustrate and indeed surprise several of our resident Magpies supporters, what with many fancying their side’s chances on the South Coast this weekend, especially given Southampton’s recent struggles in front of goal.
Nonetheless, Merson expects Benitez’s men to make the trip back to the North East empty-handed.
Landlord’s verdict: Newcastle United have acquitted themselves well in the Premier League thus far, and will surely target another victory away to Southampton on Sunday.
However, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson isn’t expecting Rafa Benitez’s men to get anything from their trip to St Mary’s, citing their recent 1-0 defeat to Brighton as a reason for his prediction, as well as his expectation to see the Saints finally score the goals they need.
That is somewhat surprising given Newcastle’s fine result against Liverpool last time out, and they have indeed won on the road this season to suggest that they’ll provide a tough test for Southampton on Sunday in a game which could go either way.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!