By Derek Smithson
Mark Lawrenson believes Newcastle United will lose when they travel to Swansea on Sunday in the Premier League.
The Magpies make the long trip to the Liberty Stadium for a 4pm kick-off against the Swans.
Rafael Benitez’s side should be in good confidence following a 3-0 win over West Ham before the international break and will be looking to build some momentum,.
The North East club are currently 16th in the league table after their first three games, but could rise all the way to ninth if they manage to beat Swansea.
However, BBC pundit Lawrenson has been highly critical of Newcastle’s summer business and has tipped them to suffer a 2-0 defeat on Sunday afternoon.
“Newcastle have not strengthened enough,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “With what they have got, I can see a season of struggle ahead.
“What they needed to do in the transfer market was compete for players with the bottom six, because they are a newly promoted club, and they still have too many Championship players. It is going to be a real battle for them to stay up.”
Newcastle failed to make any mega signings during the summer to lift the fans, but the likes of Jacob Murphy, Mikel Merino and Joselu did all arrive at St James’ Park.
They have kept the core of the team that got Benitez’s side out of the Championship and they are now looking to prove themselves in the top flight.
Meanwhile, Swansea will be boosted by the late arrivals of Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony in the transfer window to give their team a freshness.
In other Newcastle United news, the club’s supporters want Benitez to axe their 24-year-old against Swansea.