BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Newcastle United will lose at home to Chelsea on Saturday.

He told BBC Sport Online: ” I was at St James’ Park to see Newcastle lose to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in midweek and, from what I have seen of the Magpies recently, I get the impression that a lot depends on how they begin games.

“If they start well, and score, then they play well. But the opposite happens if they get off on the wrong foot, and they are a little bit too inconsistent at the moment.

“Newcastle played well for long spells on Wednesday night but City just had too much for them in the end, and I think Chelsea will too.

“Chelsea are on a great run of form at the moment, and Fernando Torres is looking very sharp. The big question is whether he can sustain it. If he can, he is a big threat.

“Lawro’s prediction: 0-2.”