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.”

Newcastle v Bournemouth Match Betting:

Newcastle win 15/8Draw 12/5Bournemouth win 8/5

NUFC to win 1-0 17/2Ki to score first goal 15/1 Newcastle to win to nil 4/1

All Newcastle v Bournemouth betting HERE

  • Kenny

    the goal last week was pure luck, not being 2 to 3 nil down was pure luck.
    how long does the luck last. I continue to bet on Newcastle at home & against
    World Class opposition like Bournemouth i think i will go for 2-1

    • Wor Lass

      Considering our long tradition of getting absolutely $hafted by referee after referee over red cards and pens then I reckon we`re due about two more year`s worth.

      • Kenny

        That will never change, i think Leazes is right, they have an agenda in respect of Newcastle & he`s not there to shout penalty

        • Wor Lass

          Ha ha! Mind, to be fair to Perez, it was good reaction for his goal. It was lucky in that Ki was shooting but it was brilliantly taken by the great man.

          • Kenny

            you morphing into Monk

          • Wor Lass

            I sincerely hope not!

          • Wor Lass

            I`ll start to worry when I notice a big fat cockney appendage sticking out of my ar$e!

          • Ron

            Stay out of lifts just to be on the safe side.

        • Leazes.

          Ha….you know what I think….. referees turn up at SJP expecting the crowd to try and sway decisions, so when a shout goes up they immediately counter it in their mind, and the result is a deficit of penalties sendings off and decisions.

          Not deliberate….psychological….. ‘I’m not going to be swayed…. ‘I’m not going to be swayed…. ‘I’m not going to be swayed….. Nope I’m strong and unpopular here, who cares?

          • Billmag

            Uriah Rennie loved Big Al 😀. Telford Mills loved us.😀 We have history.

          • 45709

            Funny enough on sky last night was footballs funniest moments 2, showed sissiko “slapping that ref to the ground” lol😂😂

      • Ba ba.

        Exactly … 👍