Back in the Premier League and so it is an upgrade from David Prutton to the likes of Mark Lawrenson, Paul Merson, and Michael Owen…
Looking ahead to Sunday and the season as a whole, Owen wishes his old club well and says ‘I hope (Newcastle) will have a good season back up where they belong’.
As for Sunday, Michael Owen thinks Newcastle fans would be happy with a 1-0 win rather than demanding/expecting to repeat the 5-1 hammering of May 2016.
I think pretty safe to say most Newcastle fans would definitely settle for a point to get the season started against last season’s runners-up.
With wins home and away against Spurs in that relegation season, it does show that anything is possible, even though the transfer window hasn’t lived up to expectations so far for Rafa and the fans.
Tottenham may have a lot of quality players but they have also struggled to recruit in this window, albeit aiming for more difficult higher level signings, plus they have a good handful of injuries that could impact on Pochettino’s options on Sunday.
Michael Owen predicts a close game and Newcastle to score…but Tottenham to ‘edge out a Magpies side’.
Newcastle fans will be looking at the performance as much as they will be the result, with hopes that this team/squad will exceed many people’s expectations despite the relatively low amount of money spent (£17m net).
Michael Owen speaking to BetVictor:
“Newcastle won their last PL game 5-1 against Spurs on the final day of the 2015/16 season when the north London Club had given vain chase to champions Leicester for much of the season.
“My old club would take a 1-0 win on Sunday.
“But Spurs will be well aware of the need to make a quick start to the campaign and they might just edge out a Magpies side who I hope will have a good season back where they belong – in the Premier League.”
Michael Owen recommendation for a bet:
“Spurs to win and both teams to score at 9/4.”