Newcastle United supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side record a fourth Premier League victory of the season on Saturday courtesy of a 1-0 success over struggling Crystal Palace at St James’ Park.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Eagles having drawn their previous two games against Liverpool and Southampton despite good performances, yet they got back to winning ways in the North East to inflict further misery on Palace boss Roy Hodgson. Mikel Merino’s 86th minute header from an excellent Matt Ritchie cross was enough to seal the three points for the Magpies, in turn moving them up to seventh place in the Premier League table and to within two points of the top four.
Thus, it has been a great week for our resident Newcastle supporters, who are now turning their attentions to a tricky trip to Burnley on Monday night, where they hope Benitez’s men can record a second away win of the campaign.
And pundit Paul Merson is backing them to do just that at Turf Moor, with the 46-year-old making such predictions in his weekly column on Sky Sports.
The former midfielder spent 12 years at Arsenal between 1985 and 1997 and helped the club win two First Division titles, and also spent time at Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, and Walsall amongst others before moving into punditry post-retirement.
And he has backed Benitez’s men to win 2-1 in Lancashire on Monday night, which is hugely significant given that it is the first time this season that Merson has predicted Newcastle to win.
And, unsurprisingly, several Magpies supporters took to Twitter to convey their shock and concern at the 46-year-old’s prediction…
Merson has predicted a toon win at Burnley bound to get beat now #NUFC
— carl barnes (@carlrbarnes25) October 27, 2017
— AJ Molloy (@BeatleDouche) October 26, 2017
Everytime Paul Merson predicts us to lose we always win so now he’s put us to beat Burnley on Monday means we are getting hammered #NUFC
— Shaq (@shaqlockholmes) October 27, 2017
He’s predicted a Newcastle win. On Monday
Could be a bad Oman
— BlacknWhiteNewcastle (@BnWnewcastle) October 26, 2017
Merson has us to win on Monday haha that means we will lose obviously #NUFC
— Kris King (@krisking11) October 26, 2017
Paul Merson trying reverse tactics and tipping us to win, but praying we get hammered. #NUFC
— Franco Begbie (@NUFCWaiter) October 26, 2017
When you’re on a role, you do not want Paul Merson to tip you for the win. So lump on Burnley this weekend. #nufc
— Glen (@GlenLegend) October 27, 2017
Really worried about our next game… after reading Merson’s predictions.
Burnley seems like Brazil now.#NUFC
— AbhijeetNUFC (@abhi_nufc) October 26, 2017
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!