Lawro writes off Newcastle – good!

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So, the new season starts today and that means plenty of things. No more boring Saturday afternoons without football, plenty of hours spent tweaking and finalising your fantasy football team, and, arguably most importantly, the return of the infamous Mark Lawrenson predictions on the BBC Sport Website!

Every week, Lawro makes his Premier League predictions and every week you hope he predicts that Newcastle are going to lose. Lawro predicting a victory for your team has become something like a kiss of death. If the BBC pundit thinks you’re going to win it’s more than likely that you’ll lose; if he predicts a loss then you’ve got half a chance of winning.

For Newcastle’s first game of the 2011/12 Premier League season against Arsenal at St James’ Park, there’s no doubt that the Magpies are up against it. While Arsenal will be short of two of their big guns, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Newcastle have lost a couple of key players two, which is reflected in Lawro’s prediction. Here’s what he said about Newcastle just in case you missed it…

Newcastle have not had a great summer either but the bottom line from owner Mike Ashley seems to be that they are just trying to stay in the Premier League. The Magpies do not spend much money either and their strategy seems to be to buy players who are untried in England and hope that, like Cheik Tiote did, they turn into very good players.

This fixture finished 4-4 last season, in a game that absolutely defined Arsenal, but I think it might be a little less crazy on Saturday. And Lawro’s all-important prediction? 2-1 to the Gunners. What do you think the result will be this evening? Do you agree with Lawro or do you think Newcastle can earn a draw or maybe win all three points? Samuel L Jackson doesn’t even think we’ll score and went for 2-0!

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