Michael Owen believes that Newcastle United will need to ‘play with a bit more conviction’ on Saturday.
He predicted a draw against Watford last weekend but of course Newcastle outperformed that forecast, picking up their first win of the season.
Against Bournemouth the game has a very similar feel, a now fourth bottom NUFC playing a team doing well (sixth) in the first few months of the season, playing good quick attacking football.
Michael Owen points out that Newcastle weren’t at their best against Watford despite winning the game.
The Hornets were the better team for the first hour or so and wasted chance after chance, then looked completely deflated once Newcastle found a goal.
Rafa’s team grew with that Ayoze Perez strike and Owen thinks they can carry through that confidence to this match.
He predicts a 1-1 draw and whilst obviously we are all hoping to get the three points, this is a tough game.
That is summed up by the bookies making Bournemouth the favourites to win (see below).
Before these two home games, I would have definitely settled for four points and even though I am of course now greedy to make it six, a point might not prove to be such a bad result.
The key like last weekend appears to be whether or not Newcastle can get the first goal and set pieces are looking the best bet for Rafa’s team these days, although that Ki/Perez goal last Saturday was the first from a set-piece this season.
Michael Owen speaking to BetVictor:
“A welcome win for United against Watford on Saturday.
“But I feel they may have to settle for a draw against a Bournemouth side who are looking for three successive PL away wins for the first time in their history.
“The Magpies were not at their best against Watford last weekend.
“But with that elusive win in the bag, they can gain confidence from taking all three points and I hope to see the hosts play with a bit more conviction against the Cherries.
“Recommendation: Newcastle 1 Bournemouth 1 at 11/2.”
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