Lawro thinks that Newcastle United will beat Sheffield United in the Premier League this weekend.
Mark Lawrenson has a habit of predicting the Blades will lose this season. In fact, if all his guesses were correct the pundit would have United 16th in the table currently and one point outside the relegation zone.
In reality, they are seventh with 43 points. They are ahead of both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. They are also only five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand.
As for Newcastle, they are 13th and trail the Blades by eight points. Yet Lawrenson still thinks that the Magpies will triumph at St James’ Park.
“Sheffield United’s success story this season just keeps going on and on,” Lawro wrote in his column.
“But Newcastle have made a habit recently of nicking wins – they did it again at Southampton last week – and I am going to tip them to do the same this time.”
Is Lawro right about Sheffield United?
In fairness to Lawrenson, Newcastle did beat United when they met at Bramall Lane earlier this term. A controversial Jonjo Shelvey goal was given by VAR, but the hosts didn’t play well.
However, it looked like Lawro had turned a corner with Chris Wilder’s side. Before their game with Brighton and Hove Albion he actually apologised to Blades fans. He did also say they would win, but they drew 1-1.
Yet on 17 occasions so far in 2019/20 Lawrenson has predicted a defeat for the South Yorkshire team. That is ten more times than they have actually lost.
To predict that Wilder’s men would struggle this campaign would be understandable had it been made before they’d played any fixtures.
Yet Lawro has the benefit of hindsight. He makes his predictions on a week-by-week basis. But he still hasn’t learned.