Michael Owen has given us his verdict on the match at the King Power stadium on Monday night.
Top at home v second bottom sounds like the most predictable walkover imaginable but for some reason, Michael Owen believes that Leicester may ‘have to be patient’, this being despite up against a Newcastle team who he says ‘continue to struggle away from home’.
A bit of an understatement there, considering Newcastle haven’t won away from home for 92 days (by time of Leicester game) and lost the last seven games on the road.
The overall record (including the FA Cup defeat at Watford) in away games being played 15, won 2, drawn 1, lost 12.
Michael Owen has predicted that Leicester will eventually win the match but thinks Newcastle will hold out until the second half, with it being a draw at half-time.
I find it hard to imagine Leicester not scoring, especially with Riyad Mahrez found to be only suffering from cramp when he came off last weekend, even if Rafa Benitez somehow gets a better tune out of our shocking defence. This means to have any chance of getting anything, Newcastle will need to improve on a shocking return of only seven away goals all season.
If Newcastle take anything from this match it would give everybody a massive lift but to do so, you have to feel that Rafa Benitez will need to be bolder than McClaren’s feeble away ‘strategy’ all season.
Michael Owen writing for BetVictor:
“This is a massive game for both sides but for quite different reasons.
“The Foxes have only lost one of their last 17 PL home games but they might have to be patient against a Newcastle side who continue to struggle away from home. “
Michael’s recommendation: Draw halftime/Leicester City fulltime at 7/2
Meanwhile, on his Twitter account on Friday morning, shortly before Rafa Benitez was confirmed as Newcastle Manager, Michael Owen said:
“Rafa in the driving seat to replace McClaren. Whoever takes over, I still expect Newcastle to stay up.”
I don’t agree that whoever took over meant United would stay up – but employing Benitez at least means that Newcastle now have every chance of doing so.
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