Former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has blasted the performance of Newcastle United in their defeat to Watford when predicting their clash with West Brom on Tuesday.
The Magpies were easily seen off in front of their own fans by Marco Silva’s side, with goals from Will Hughes and Andre Gray sandwiching an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin in the 3-0 defeat for Rafael Benitez and his men.
It was their fourth successive defeat after being beaten by Burnley, Bournemouth and Manchester United previously, but they have an immediate chance to bounce back to winning ways when they travel to the Hawthorns on Tuesday night.
They will be taking on a West Brom side currently without a permanent manager, after the club sacked former boss Tony Pulis, although caretaker manager Gary Megson did guide the Baggies to an impressive 1-1 draw away at Tottenham on Saturday.
However, Merson believes that he will go one better against the Magpies, whose recent displays have not filled him with any confidence.
Predicting a 2-0 win for West Brom, he wrote on Sky Sports’ website: “A brilliant result for Gary Megson at Spurs and they really should have won it with Salomon Rondon missing that sitter at the end.
“So I am going to go for West Brom to win this as Newcastle were all over the shop against Watford – welcome to the Premier League now, four defeats on the trot.
“I am not exaggerating, Watford could have won 8-0! Newcastle are all over the place and I am going to go 2-0 to West Brom.”
West Brom currently sit one point and one place off the drop zone in 17th, but are just three points off Newcastle in 13th.
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