Michael Owen has been looking ahead to Newcastle United first away game of the season.
The Magpies travel to Wales and face newly promoted Cardiff City.
Whilst Newcastle were a little unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Spurs, hitting the woodwork twice, Cardiff lost 2-0 at Bournemouth with only one shot on target.
Cardiff are the prediction of just about everybody to go straight back down and with Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal up next, Newcastle really need to get a result here.
Three points would be a massive lift but with the home side set to throw everything at this in their first home match since promotion, a point might not be that disappointing.
Hopefully though, if Cardiff do come out and attack, it could well ideally suit Newcastle on the counter-attack. Against Spurs, wingers Ritchie and Kenedy look set to start the season well.
Michael Owen points out that Newcastle have now lost their opening match five times in the last six seasons, the exception being the 2-2 home match against Southampton in the last (2015/16) relegation season.
What he (Owen) fails to mention, is that the past six seasons have also seen Newcastle fail to win not a single one of their second matches of the season, on the last six attempts.
Slow starters or what!
Another thing Michael Owen doesn’t mention, is that two seasons ago, Newcastle beat Cardiff home (2-1) and away (2-0) in the Championship.
Goals at home from Atsu and Gouffran, then Atsu (again) and Hayden in the final away match of the season – none of those goalscorers likely to start on Saturday.
Michael Owen believes Cardiff will ‘pick up a hard-earned point’ and for Newcastle fans, all eyes will be on the starting eleven.
Muto and Rondon did ok when coming off the bench last weekend, the question being if/when they will replace Perez and Joselu?
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“Newcastle lost their opening day fixture for the fifth time in the last six years against Spurs last weekend.
“But on another day, United would have picked up at least a point, having hit the woodwork twice in the second half.
“The City Of Cardiff Stadium will be rocking for their first home Premier League game since 2013 and, if they are to survive in the division, their home form will be pivotal.
“I think the Bluebirds will pick up a hard-earned point.
“Tip is Game to finish in a draw at 21/10.”
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