We’ve ‘missed out’ on Michael Owen and his predictions, with Newcastle United sinking into the Championship.
However, the third round of the FA Cup has seen him give his verdict on Birmingham v Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.
Michael Owen points out that the last four years have seen defeats at this stage to Watford, Leicester, Cardiff and Brighton, with 2012 the last time United advanced to round four, coming back from a goal down to beat Blackburn 2-1 at St James Park.
An excellent winner from Jonas Gutierrez and a world class strike from Hatem Ben Arfa producing the win.
Newcastle beat Birmingham 4-0 only a month ago and since then the Brummies have changed managers, Michael Owen pointing out that Gianfranco Zola ‘has pulled up few trees’ so far, losing three and drawing one of his four matches.
Even though promotion is Newcastle’s tunnel vision, Michael Owen predicts a Newcastle win.
Michael Owen taking to BetVictor:
‘Birmingham City v Newcastle United
The Magpies amazingly haven’t won an FA Cup tie for five years and promotion remains the sole objective for the club this season.
Gianfranco Zola has pulled up few trees in his short time at St Andrew’s and I think my old club can finally make it through to the 4th Round and at the first attempt.
As for the Mackems…
‘Sunderland v Burnley
I’m not convinced a draw would suit either manager but I feel this is headed for a replay in ten days’ time.
The Clarets thrashed the Black Cats 4-1 at Turf Moor in the PL over the Festive period but David Moyes’ side improved considerably against Liverpool.
The statistics tell us Sunderland cannot do without the goals of Jermain Defoe in their battle to maintain their PL status yet they face a fight to keep hold of the player having, allegedly, rejected an initial £6m bid from West Ham for their former striker.
Michael’s recommendation a draw at 23/10