Michael Owen has positive news today for Newcastle fans.

The former United striker thinks his old team will be in a better position by the end of the weekend in their relegation struggle.

Owen has predicted all five of the other relegation candidates to lose either on Saturday or Sunday.

All five have away trips that look anything between tricky and nailed on home wins.

The five relegation threatened teams all face clubs that are currently in the Premier League’s top half, with Norwich and Swansea playing the top two in the division.

The eyes of Newcastle fans will be especially focused on Norwich and Sunderland.

The mackems’ kick-off is Saturday lunchtime and obviously Sam Allardyce would love to get something at West Ham after their fans showed their displeasure, once they realised how demoralising life is under Fat Sham. Michael Owen doesn’t see Allardyce getting anything on his return.

If Sunderland lose, then we need Norwich to lose by three or more at Leicester to get Newcastle out of the bottom three on goal difference.

There could be every chance of them doing it with Mahrez and Vardy having scored more goals between the two of them (33) than Norwich have scored altogether (30). A not so positive  stat for Newcastle fans is that Vardy/Mahrez have scored six more goals than United’s feeble total of 27 goals in 26 Premier League matches.

Michael Owen writing for BetVictor:

West Ham v Sunderland 

‘The Hammers have only lost one of their last ten PL home games against Sunderland and I think that trend will continue when former Irons’ boss Sam Allardyce returns to his former club at the weekend.’

Leicester v Norwich 

‘Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have between them (33) scored more PL goals than the Canaries (30) and I expect the Foxes to get their title challenge back on track.’

Stoke v Aston Villa

‘Stoke have an excellent recent record against Villa and it is hard to see past a home win at the Britannia given Villa are without a win on the road in their last dozen PL games.’

Watford v Bournemouth

‘The goals have dried up for Watford and in particular Odion Ighalo of late but I maintain he is a top class striker and he might be the difference between the sides at Vicarage Road.’

Tottenham v Swansea

‘I take Mauricio Pochettino’s side to take all three points against a Swans’ side who have gained just two of the last 27 points available against the north London club in the PL.’