By Russell Edge
Former Liverpool star and BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has said he has been impressed with the football Newcastle United are playing in his prediction for their clash against Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Magpies are set to host the Cherries at St James’ Park after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Monday, which saw a match lacking in attacking threat thanks to the set up of each side by Rafael Benitez and Sean Dyche.
The result meant that Newcastle’s poor away form continued, with just one win away from home this season, although they have tasted defeat just once in front of their home fans in the opening day loss to Tottenham.
However despite defeat, and a lack of cutting edge up front, Lawrenson was left lauding the Magpies’ performance, although is not backing them to return to winning ways on Saturday.
Predicting a 1-1 draw against Eddie Howe’s men, he wrote on the BBC Sport website: “I was part of BBC Radio 5 live’s commentary team when Newcastle went to Burnley on Monday and I saw them play really nice football, knock the ball around, but without a cutting edge.
“Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez’s whole premise is organisation, organisation and more organisation.
“He also loves passing and moving and you can see that Jonjo Shelvey will only get better under him.
“I think this season will only get better for Newcastle because if and when the takeover happens then the new owners will say to the manager ‘go and get a few players and then we will go for it next season’.”
Benitez and his side will be coming up against a Bournemouth side languishing in the relegation zone after a disappointing start to the season, although they are just one point away from 17th and safety.
Their last match saw them slip to a narrow 1-0 defeat against reigning Champions Chelsea at Dean Court courtesy of an Eden Hazard strike.
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