Michael Owen has been looking ahead to Goodison Park on Monday night.
It is Everton v Newcastle and it sees the team that Owen supported as a boy, up against the one that is supporting him (financially!) into his old age, thanks to his joke of a career at Newcastle United on £110,000 a week.
Last weekend, Newcastle laid one ghost to rest with Arsenal.
Newcastle had lost the previous 10 meetings with the Gunners and indeed only won one of 22 games against Arsenal, dating back to 2005.
With Everton, I was surprised at just how tragic Newcastle’s record has been in recent years as well.
The last 10 meetings, home and away, have seen eight wins for Everton, one draw, and a single Newcastle victory.
That came in Alan Pardew’s final match, a 3-2 win in December 2014.
On target that day was Papiss Cisse, Jack Colback, and Ayoze Perez.
Perez has been in excellent form and after scoring in each of the last three games, his confidence will be sky high.
Michael Owen definitely gets one thing right, saying that ‘Everton were fortunate to come away with all three points at St James Park’ earlier this season.
A typical negative Allardyce display saw Newcastle gift the winner through Darlow in what was pretty much the only time they threatened, whilst Newcastle actually played pretty well for around an hour, until they ran out of ideas and confidence. That night both Ritchie and Merino thundered efforts against the woodwork and if either had gone in, then Newcastle would have surely won.
Michael Owen gets another thing right, when declaring: ‘Make no mistake, this is no end-of-season affair between two mid-table teams.’
There is always friction between the two sets of fans and the two managers aren’t best mates either, whilst Everton supporters appear to be catching Newcastle fans up when it coems to their disdain for Sam Allardyce.
An interesting prediction/tip from Michael Owen, as he has gone simply for Newcastle not to lose.
Considering Rafa’s team have only lost twice in the last 13 matches, Owen is likely to be proved right, as the only two losses in those 13 games were away at Liverpool and Man City. However, at odds of 3/5 you won’t be getting rich, though I have to say Ayoze Perez at 9/1 to score the first goal of the game is tempting.
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“Everton were fortunate to come away with all three points at St James Park in the reverse fixture over Christmas.
“Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, eyeing a top ten finish, would gain great satisfaction if his Newcastle side finished above the Blues this season.
“Former United manager Sam Allardyce has steadied the ship at Goodison, but the natives have not been best pleased with the quality of football the Blues have served up.
“Make no mistake, this is no end-of-season affair between two mid-table teams.
“I do not expect the Magpies to lose.
“Tip: Newcastle double chance (draw or win) at 3/5.”
Everton v Newcastle Match Betting with BetVictor: