Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that Newcastle United will beat Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.
The former Arsenal star has predicted that the Magpies will walk away with their fifth victory in a row after seeing off the Toffees 2-1.
Merson has raved about Newcastle’s form ahead of the fixture after Rafa Benitez managed to virtually assure Premier League safety after stringing together a clutch of wins.
However ahead of their game on Monday, the ex-Gunners man has admitted that he has been disgusted by Everton for sending out a survey for fans to rate manager Sam Allardyce.
“Newcastle are a funny team aren’t they – they’re flying! Four in a row. They’ve gone to Leicester and beat Arsenal. This is a dangerous game for Sam Allardyce,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
He added: “I’m going for Newcastle to beat Everton. Sam will think it [sending a survey to supporters to rate the boss] is a joke, it’s embarrassing. He’s a former England manager. If he didn’t say what he said he’s still the manager of England, now they’re sending out surveys. I’d expect that when I was manager of Walsall, I wouldn’t expect Sam Allardyce to get that treatment.
“I think they did it last year, but that isn’t the point. They have an England manager, someone who’s been in the game a million years – it’s disrespectful.”
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle have been in fantastic form while Everton fans probably can’t wait for the season to end. The Tynesiders’ run must come to an end at some point but like Merson said, it doesn’t seem like it will against Allardyce’s side on Monday night. Benitez has done such a good job at St James’ Park and deserves massive credit for keeping this team in the Premier League after having barely any money to spend. The playing squad is pretty much the same as the one that won promotion last term so that is a great feat.