Michael Owen has given his verdict on the Southampton v Newcastle match.

The former NUFC striker getting in early, four days ahead of Sunday’s match.

Michael Owen admits his surprise, for two reasons, that the home side are odds on favourites for the game.

He predicted defeat for Newcastle in their last game but says the Magpies ‘looked well organised and disciplined when getting a point at home to Liverpool’.

In that game 10 days ago, Rafa’s players were up against a side full of attacking options, with the likes of STurridge Man, Coutinho and Salah, whilst Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain couldn’t even get in the starting eleven.

As Michael Owen points out, Southampton have very different worries to Liverpool, whilst the scousers can’t defend, the Saints can hardly buy a goal, especially at home.

Remarkably, Southampton have only scored in one of their last nine Premier League matches at home, going goal crazy and scoring three against a poor Hammers side, who then went on to ship three goals against Newcastle the following week, at the end of August.

In fact, if you add in the League Cup defeat to Wolves, it is nine of the last 10 home games where Southampton have failed to score.

No wonder their fans aren’t too impressed

The betting odds (see below) are a little strange when armed with this info on Southampton’s goalscoring problems, when you add in Rafa’s defensive discipline and the fact he will still be cautious, the price of 15/4 on a clean sheet for Newcastle looks ridiculously high. Let’s hope it proves so on the day.

Despite making a big reference to the goalscoring problems, Owen still goes for Southampton to score but the match to end in a 1-1 draw.

Michael Owen speaking to BetVictor:

“Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last nine PL games at St Mary’s.

“I am surprised they are such short-priced favourites against a Newcastle side who looked well organised and disciplined when getting a point at home to Liverpool last time.

“Correct score prediction: Southampton 1 – 1 Newcastle – 6/1.”

Southampton’s last 10 home matches:

15 April – Southampton 0 – Man City 3

29 April – Southampton 0 Hull 0

10 May – Southampton 0 Arsenal 2

17 May – Southampton 0 Man Utd 0

21 May – Southampton 0 Stoke 1

12 August – Southampton 0 Swansea 0

19 August – Southampton 3 West Ham 2

(23 August – Southampton 0 Wolves 2)

9 Sept 2017 – Southapton 0 Watford 2

23 Sept 2017 – Southampton 0 Man Utd 1

Southampton v Newcastle Match Betting:

Southampton win 5/6draw 27/10Newcastle win 15/4

NUFC win to nil 15/2 – Southampton not to score 18/5Merino to score first goal 16/1

All Southampton v Newcastle betting HERE

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  • TheNutJob

    I think we`ll win this game & if we had a decent striker i`d say by 2 goals

    • Peaky Magpie

      Agree on both points there fella.

  • Peaky Magpie

    I see Merson is making a comeback for Welsh 4th tier team Caerau ??? Booze cupboard must be getting a little low for Santa coming ! My turn to make a prediction,I hope they get effing hammered 9 nowt !!!!

  • TwinFire

    Southampton will be crushed by the mighty Toon this weekend. It will be a bully day no doubt! Shelvy will score the first goal from open play too. You heard it hear first!

  • Frank Fforde

    The problem is we haven’t won away to Southampton for years and years. I recall Pardew getting one win there but that has been it. A draw would be a decent result. God I hate saying that!

    • Rich Lawson

      We’ll be ok,Le tissier isn’t playing !

  • steve pearce

    Why do you persist in reeling out this little sawn-off bag of shyte who was signed under the pretense of being a fit footballer? Go and get a room with him and take a holiday will you!

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    eat a fart, Michael

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    0-1 to us Richie to score!