Michael Owen didn’t predict Newcastle to win any of their last three Premier League matches and despite three wins in a row, the former NUFC player is showing no signs of changing his approach.

After beating West Ham 3-0, Michael Owen was still insisting:

“I really fear for Newcastle this season and the signs from manager Rafa Benitez aren’t good.”

Then in the lead up to the Stoke game, Owen kept the view that Newcastle weren’t capable of making it three Premier League wins in a row for the first time in three years – predicting a draw.

For Sunday’s game he has gone for another draw, says he ‘can see both sides cancelling each other out’.

Whilst I know fine well that Newcastle won’t be top four come May, it is a bit of a surprise that Michael Owen doesn’t at least acknowledge the extra positivity around Newcastle, after three victories on the bounce and sitting currently in fourth.

Owen instead says ‘Fascinating to see how the two clubs deal with their respective battles for survival at the foot of the PL table’.

Surely it is at least worthy of a mention that Rafa’s team are possibly showing they could be aiming for something better than a season long relegation battle, with mid-table safety now a real possibility if the players keep up the level of performance they have shown against the likes of West Ham, Swansea and Stoke.

A fourth win in a row would leave Newcastle on 12 points after six games – last season the third bottom team only achieved 22 more points all year.

Newcastle’s season will of course be mainly decided on the matches against teams who aren’t expected to fill the top half dozen places. Clearly though, the three wins haven’t convinced the ‘experts’/pundits that they can continue to pick up similar results to the last three, on a consistent basis, would be interesting to see where/when that tipping point would be.

Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:

“Both sides were playing Championship football last season and it will be fascinating to see how the two clubs deal with their respective battles for survival at the foot of the PL table.

“Newcastle boast the more obvious chance of staying up but Brighton are respected on home soil and as such I can see both sides cancelling each other out at The Amex.

“Michael Owen recommended bet: Brighton and Newcastle to Draw.”

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  • Paul Patterson

    As a minimum I hope he’s right.

  • TheNutJob

    From Prutton to Owen, both dipsticks
    The Mighty Toon will make it 4 in a row

  • Steve Pearce

    Are you paying this sawn off little Scouse skiver to vent his hate? Or is he paying you – either way please don’t publish anything he says ever again as he owes us at least 17 million and he’d better get some of his gee gees winning races or sell them to the Makems as prime steak…..

  • Lord

    All the pundits have been distracted by the furor over the transfer window and failed to notice the solid pre-season, the decent transfers Rafa *was* able to make, good squad morale + unity. We’d be in trouble if Rafa had walked – but he hasn’t.

    3 points please.

  • Georgia Peter

    What relegation battle you complete numpty…..? why don’t you get a proper job…..like on the bins or something…..t055er..!

  • Humble

    I’ve. Said it before transfer windows or (supposed)individual players don’t win games good TEAMS and hard work win games and we seem to have both at the minute we’ll take 1 games at a time I hope Brighton arnt a bannana skin tho hopefully raffa will have his tactics right HWTL

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    eat a fart, Michael

  • Rich Lawson

    Do you have the same success rate betting on the horses ?