Fri 17 May 2024, 12:00 · Ash Harrison

Paul Merson completely ignores the fixture as he predicts the score between Newcastle and Brentford

Paul Merson completely ignores the fixture as he predicts the score between Newcastle and Brentford
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Newcastle United face Brentford in the G-Tech Community Stadium on Sunday in the final Premier League game of the season.

The Magpies must win to keep their European dreams alive. There are scenarios were we don't need to win for that to happen also, but why take that risk?

In any case, who wants to end the season with anything other than a win? We're not Tottenham!

Paul Merson has made his score prediction for his column in Sportskeeda but it seems like he forgot what he was meant to be doing.

Callum Wilson scores Newcastle
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Callum Wilson's penalty was the only goal the last time these two sides met

Paul Merson got sidetracked again

After getting his home and away mixed up in midweek, Merson has forgotten to actually talk about the fixture ahead instead focusing on Newcastle's difficult task of keeping hold of their stars this summer.

"Newcastle need to win this as if Chelsea lose, they have a chance of making it into next season's Europa League due to their superior goal difference. They've had a decent season and were bangi unlucky in the UEFA Champions League. You could also argue that they were a bit naive against Paris Saint-Germain, but it's all part of the learning curve.

"They need to look to keep their players as teams are going to be sniffing around for Alexander Isak, Anthony Gordon and Bruno Guimaraes. They are a massive team, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of their stars moved on to win trophies. If Arsenal sign a striker like Isak, I think they go to another level.

"Prediction: Brentford 1-2 Newcastle"

Let's just win on Sunday and then worry about the other scenarios

We're not sure why Arsenal came up in our score prediction but that's Merson for you. Although, we'd happily take his prediction over that of Chris Sutton.

Should Newcastle match Manchester United's result on Sunday and Chelsea continue their winning streak then we are left at the mercy of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City securing the double to hand us Europa League Football at the expense of their Manchester rivals.

However, should Erik ten Hag's lot pull off a Wembley shock, they claim their place in Europe at our expense. It's all fun and games, but we need to win on Sunday first before any of this becomes relevant.