Michael Owen has become (in)famous for his bizarre and often inappropriate comments in his new life as a football ‘expert’.

Away from his football punditry he has also managed to regularly make a fool of himself and even this week he was guilty of a massive error of judgement.

As everybody else was talking about the much anticipated decisions of the Hillsborough jury, Michael Owen instead used his Twitter account to make infantile ‘jokes’ about babies crying and people breaking wind on the plane he was travelling on.

All the more embarrassing when only last week Owen was named as an ‘Ambassador’ for Liverpool FC, a decision that was met at the time with disbelief by most Liverpool supporters and after his plane comments that has been raised any number of levels.

Turning back to the matches though and this weekend Michael Owen has made his prediction for the Newcastle v Crystal Palace match.

Laughably, the former Newcastle striker has said that ‘arguably’ it is a bigger game for Newcastle than Crystal Palace.


It is like saying ‘arguably’ I would be happier if I won a triple rollover on the lottery rather than a tenner.

It is a must must must win game for Newcastle to have any realistic chance of staying up, the consequences of not winning and almost certain relegation would almost certainly result in Rafa Benitez leaving, Mike Ashley selling anything that moves and the owner at last completing his job of ruining the club.

As for Crystal Palace, it is basically a nothing game. Even Sam Allardyce is trying some feeble mind games to try and seemingly wind Palace players up, by suggesting that they will have ‘been out on the pop’ this week and will be looking after themselves for the FA Cup final.

Some Newcastle fans will point to there still being a mathematical chance that Palace could still go down – but the fact that the bookies will give you odds of 150/1 tells you that isn’t a possibility.

I always love it when Michael Owen talks about us as ‘my old club’, I can just feel the sincerity dripping out of it.

He believes his old club will beat Palace this weekend and continue their improvement under Rafa Benitez. Here’s hoping.

Michael Owen writing for BetVictor:

“Alan Pardew will not want to lose going back to face his former Club but this is, arguably, a bigger game for the Magpies than it is for the Eagles who have secured their place in next month’s FA Cup Final.

“You have to go back to December for the last time the Eagles won on the road in the PL and my old club have improved under Rafa Benitez; they can keep the points.”