Michael Owen has been speaking ahead of Saturday’s match at St James Park.
Last week he predicted a low scoring draw in a tight match at Selhurst Park and sure enough, that is what Newcastle United got.
Owen thinks that this game against Leicester is set to be a more ‘entertaining clash’ but can Newcastle get a positive result?
You have to think that Newcastle will need to get goals if they are to get anything from the game, a Leicester scored more goals (56) last season than any other club outside the top six.
This season they have started in similar fashion, scoring in all six Premier League matches, 11 goals in total.
They finished ninth last season and occupy the same position again at the moment, wins against Wolves (H), Southampton (A) and Huddersfield (H) giving them nine points, with defeats to Man Utd (A), Liverpool (H) and Bournemouth (A).
The positive is that they do concede regularly as well, last season they leaked (60) more than the scored and indeed conceded 13 fewer (47).
However, as Michael Owen points out, it does look like goals ‘are likely to be at a premium for United this season’, last season it was only 39 in the 38 games and so far we have seen only four in six.
Ironically, Newcastle have scored against all four sides who were top six last season but failed against struggling Cardiff and Palace.
Leicester have got some very good attacking players and it is very difficult to see another goalless draw for Newcastle.
Last season they actually played pretty well at home against the Foxes and didn’t deserve to lose, a very open game saw NUFC go down 3-2 with Joselu and Gayle scoring. Whilst away from home was arguably one of Newcastle’s best performances last season, Rafa’s players the dominant team and it should have been a bigger margin of victory than 2-1.
That of course was in the middle of the purple patch and Newcastle desperately need a return to that kind of form, both Shelvey and Kenedy will hopefully of benefited from a game against Palace last week, as they will surely be crucial if United are to be decent going forward.
Rondon was poor last week but after taking him off at the break, Rafa said he had been feeling a tightness in his thigh.
Fingers crossed he is fit to start and can repeat some of the promise shown previously in some difficult matches.
Michael Owen predicts another draw for Newcastle, I feel Rafa’s team might have to find at least two goals if they are going to get a point or better.
Which is basically what our season rests on, can Rafa add goals to what is once again looking a resilient defence?
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“Newcastle picked up a good point at Selhurst Park from a goalless draw last weekend, but goals are likely to be at a premium for United this season.
“Indeed, the Magpies have yet to find the back of the net more than once in a competitive game this term and I feel they will have to settle for a point against Leicester at St James’s Park.
“The Foxes have not drawn any of their last 10 PL away games (L7 D3) but I feel that trend might be bucked this weekend in what promises to be an entertaining clash.
“Tip: Game to finish in a draw at 23/10.”
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