Thu 2 May 2024, 20:30 · Ash Harrison

'I'm going for...': Paul Merson makes a huge call as he predicts who will win on Saturday - Burnley or Newcastle

'I'm going for...': Paul Merson makes a huge call as he predicts who will win on Saturday - Burnley or Newcastle
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Burnley host Newcastle United at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm with no live UK TV coverage.

Both sides go into this one in decent form with Burnley unfortunate not to take all three points off Manchester United last week as Newcastle put an abysmal first-half display behind them to demolish Sheffield United in the second 45.

Newcastle are still pushing for a European spot while Burnley's Premier League status is hanging by a thread.

The Magpies had the better of the reverse fixture winning 2-0 at St James' Park. Miguel Almiron was on the scoresheet that day and the Paraguayan looks set to make his return from injury on Saturday.

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Alexander Isak after scoring from the spot against Burnley in the 2-0 home win

This is a huge call from Merson

Paul Merson doesn't believe Miggy's reintroduction will do anything to save Newcastle from a defeat, though, telling Sportskeeda he expects a Burnley win.

"Burnley have lost just one of their last eight games - that is a creditable run of form despite the fact that they only managed to get two wins in that period. They have the best fixtures of anyone in the relegation battle and something tells me it's going to be tight at the bottom, so I'm going for a Burnley win.

"They should have beaten Manchester United the other day and were unlucky not to come away with all three points at Old Trafford. If Newcastle play the way they did against Palace, they'll lose and that's exactly what I think will happen at Turf Moor.

"Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Newcastle United"

A defeat on Saturday could be catastrophic

We were shocked when we saw that Chris Sutton had gone for a draw, but we're gobsmacked by Paul Merson's prediction here.

We'd like to think that lessons were learned after the Crystal Palace game, although judging by the first half against Sheffield United, maybe that's wishful thinking and Merson may have a point.

It would be crushing to lose to Burnley, especially as, on paper, they are the easiest of our remaining fixtures. A defeat on Saturday could really dent our confidence going into he final three games.