Michael Owen has been considering the final home match of the season at St James Park.
Chelsea travel, knowing that a win for them against Newcastle and defeat for Liverpool home to Brighton, would still give them what looks an unlikely looking Champions League place.
It actually looked impossible for a long time, until they put together four wins in a row, only to then almost certainly throw any chance away when only drawing 1-1 at home to Huddersfield last night.
As for Newcastle, the best they have to play for, at least on paper, is to try and ensure a top half finish in tenth.
No wonder the bookies have priced it up at Newcastle as high as 11/2 and Chelsea odds on 4/7.
A large part of that is no doubt with the reality of what the clubs still have to play for, in terms of anything but pride.
However, Wednesday night at Wembley saw Newcastle wake from the stupor of their three straight defeats.
The fact they made that four losses in a row wasn’t due to a lack of effort, or indeed ability, apart from in front of goal…
Newcastle were actually the better team and created a lot more clear chances than Tottenham did.
Michael Owen points out that last night confirms that this is only the third ever Premier League season, when all three promoted clubs have stayed up.
The other two seasons being:
Fulham, Bolton and Blackburn in 2001/02
QPR, Norwich and Swansea in 2011/12
Michael Owen also states that ‘Rafa Benitez and his players will be keen to give the Toon Army something to cheer.’
I can’t see anything but absolute effort from everybody on Sunday, desperate to halt this losing run and sign off the season in at least relative style.
Owen believes that Newcastle will definitely end Chelsea’s faint hopes of Champions League football and has gone for a betting tip where you win if Newcastle draw or win.
You actually have to go back to 2011 when Newcastle last lost at home to Chelsea and since then there have been three wins and a draw for the black and whites.
Like Michael Owen, I think at the very least, NUFC will keep that home unbeaten run going.
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“After a run of four successive wins, Chelsea could only draw with Huddersfield midweek.
“A result that means all three promoted sides will avoid relegation – only the third time this has happened in the history of the PL.
“United have certainly blown hot and cold this season and their Wembley loss midweek means they have lost four league games in a row for a third time this season.
“Rafa Benitez and his players will be keen to give the Toon Army something to cheer on Sunday, however, and I think they will pick up at least a point against last year’s champions.
“Tip is – Newcastle double chance (draw or win) at 13/10.”
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