Michael Owen has been commenting on Newcastle v Arsenal this weekend.

Both teams under a certain level of pressure.

Before last season, Newcastle United had only one win in this fixture in 17 years, a dismal record in anybody’s book.

It was a good day all round back in April, Newcastle not only bringing to an end a horrendous run of only one win (2005/06 – Solano scoring the only goal) in 17 years, but also the three points finally guaranteed Premier League safety.

Newcastle go into this weekend in the relegation zone but as Michael Owen points out: ‘The fixture list has not been kind to United and they look to have some easier looking fixtures after the visit of Arsenal’

With games against Leicester (Home), Palace (Away) and Man Utd (Away) following Saturday, I’m not too sure if any of those games represent better chances than Saturday of getting points than this Arsenal game.

They have conceded eight goals in four matches and Newcastle showed last season they can give them a game, though the Magpies desperately need Shelvey back to full fitness and Kenedy to find form.

Looking further ahead, Michael Owen has some strong opinions on Newcastle’s season.

He thinks Newcastle will definitely pull away from the relegation zone and adds ‘It would be no surprise to me if they again finished the season in the top half.’

His tip/prediction is that Newcastle United will not lose on Saturday and let’s hope his surprising all round positivity on NUFC is proved correct for this fixture and the rest of the season.

Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:

“Newcastle start the weekend in the bottom three and are yet to win, but the fixture list has not been kind to United and they look to have some easier looking fixtures after the visit of Arsenal.

“Indeed, I still believe The Toon will move clear of the drop zone and it would be no surprise to me if they again finished the season in the top half.

“Arsenal have yet to convince and often looked shaky at Cardiff despite running out 3-2 winners.

“Two defeats from four outings is hardly top 4 form, however, and the Gunners are already looking more like a top six outfit than one who will challenge for a Champions League spot – at least this season.

“Newcastle won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season and the Gunners have not won back-to-back away PL games since May 2017. I do not expect the Magpies to lose.

“Tip: Newcastle and the draw on the double chance at 9/10.”

Newcastle v Arsenal Match Betting:

Newcastle win 31/10Draw 11/4Arsenal win 37/40

NUFC win 2-1 13/1NUFC to win from behind 17/1Rondon to score the last goal 13/2

All Newcastle v Arsenal betting HERE