Mark Lawrenson reveals 'worry' over Newcastle United and makes scoreline prediction

Newcastle United are back in action tonight, when they take on Leeds United at St James' Park in what is shaping up to be a must-win game for both sides.

Friday, 17th September 2021, 10:00 am

Writing his weekly predictions piece for BBC Sport, pundit and broadcaster Mark Lawrenson gave his verdict on this weekend's Premier League matches, and tipped the Whites to pick up a 2-1 win away from home.

Expanding on his prediction, the ex-Liverpool defender stated: “Neither of these teams have won yet, but it is Newcastle I worry about more.

“I look at the way Leeds are playing and think results will turn around for them soon, but that is not the case for Newcastle.

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Mark Lawrenson reveals 'worry' over Newcastle United and makes scoreline prediction

Magpies boss Steve Bruce is already under pressure and that is only going to increase if things go badly for them on Friday night. Being without their best striker, Callum Wilson, because he is still injured is not going to help.”

Meanwhile, Lawro's opponents for the week, Ladhood acting duo Aqib Khan and Shaun Thomas offered differing predictions, with the former backing Newcastle to win 2-1, and the latter going for a 2-2 draw.

Khan contended: “If there are goals in it for Newcastle, there are probably going to be goals for Leeds too - but I think having 50,000 fans at St James' Park will make the difference.”

The last time the two sides faced each other, the Magpies lost 2-1 at home. Raphinha opened the scoring on the quarter hour, but Newcastle levelled things up via Miguel Almiron with thirty minutes to go. However, Jack Harrison was on hand to seal his side the win four minutes later.