BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts QPR v Newcastle result

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BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted today's game between QPR and Newcastle.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told the BBC that with both QPR and Newcastle struggling, he predicts a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road later today.

QPR have been rooted in the bottom three for the majority of the season, and their fate was finally sealed last weekend, with the 6-0 defeat at Manchester City confirming their relegation back to the Premier League just a year after their promotion from the Championship.

With just two points from their last five games, relegation has been expected for some time now, but it has now been confirmed that Chris Ramsey couldn't keep the club in the top flight having replaced Harry Redknappy as manager back in February.

Today's clash against Newcastle will be their final home game of the season, with little to play for for QPR other than pride - but for Newcastle, it's a huge fixture.

The Magpies ended their eight game run of defeats with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, but remain just two points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play.

A win would give the Magpies a great chance of staying up, but BBC pundit Lawrenson believes that the game will once again finish in a 1-1 draw for Newcastle - whilst also predicting darker times ahead for QPR following their relegation to the Championship. 

"I was at St James' Park last Saturday to watch Newcastle's draw with West Brom," said Lawrenson. "It was another unconvincing performance by the Magpies but at least they ended their long losing run and, in fairness to their boss John Carver, he had a lot of players out of position."

"QPR's season has been an even bigger tale of woe than Newcastle's, which is saying something. I worry about them, to be honest. I look at them at the moment and think they could struggle in the Championship too. They could easily go down again. Their director of football Les Ferdinand has to completely rebuild the structure of the club from the academy upwards," he added.

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