Michael Owen says he has rarely seen, if ever, a team get so outplayed as Newcastle were against Bournemouth, yet still win.
The former Newcastle striker says instead of 1-0 to Newcastle, it should have been 6-0 to Bournemouth if based on the stats and the way the game was played.
He does though give credit to Steve McClaren for ‘steadying the ship’ with four points from the last two matches.
After scoring 11 goals in his last nine matches, Jamie Vardy is at the forefront of Michael Owen’s thinking.
He reckons Leicester will be ‘praying’ that Vardy overcomes his hip injury to play against United.
Leicester haven’t been beaten as yet away from home with three wins and three draws and Michael Owen doesn’t think that unbeaten run will change at St James Park.
However, even if Jamie Vardy makes it onto the pitch, Owen predicts a draw, which many Newcastle fans would maybe settle for judged on the visitors’ form and just how badly United played at Bournemouth.
Michael Owen speaking to Colossus bets:
“Newcastle are another side to have steadied the ship after an horrendous run of results that culminated in a 3-0 loss to Sunderland, following up a 0-0 home draw against Stoke with a 1-0 win at Bournemouth.
“However, you will rarely, if ever, see a team win a game after being so comprehensively outplayed, as Bournemouth dominated from start to finish, with Newcastle scoring with just about their only chance. If you looked at the stats from that game, you would have expected Bournemouth to have won about 6-0!
“Leicester continued their remarkable start to the season with a 2-1 home win over Watford, and are unbeaten in six away games, of which they have won three. And it is pretty astonishing that they have scored in all of their 12 league games.
“They will be praying that their goal machine Jamie Vardy is fit and firing after a recent groin injury but, either way, I fancy a scoring draw here, so I take 1-1.”