Michael Owen predicts Liverpool v Newcastle United on Saturday
Michael Owen has been looking forward to Saturday’s match at Anfield.
Two of Owen’s former clubs meeting in a game where most people expect only one outcome.
After over a week of trying to wind Newcastle fans up, especially Alan Shearer, in an attempt to create some interest in his feeble book, nice to see Michael Owen just getting back to the usual business of predicting Newcastle to lose.
Can’t really argue though with his forecast of a 2-0 home victory, considering all the various factors.
Top of that list is Liverpool winning all of their last 13 Premier League matches, scoring at least twice in every one of them, home and away. On that basis, you might think a 2-0 away defeat for Newcastle is a little bit generous from Michael Owen.
Ironically, in this run of 13 straight victories it was Newcastle who came closest to breaking the sequence, deserving at least a point in that 3-2 defeat at St James Park in May.
The Premier League record of Newcastle at Anfield is truly horrendous, difficult to believe that the Magpies controlled the game and won 2-0 on their very first PL visit, the brilliant Kevin Keegan team winning 2-0 in 1993/94 with goals from Lee and Cole.
There then followed eight defeats in a row and since that 1993/94 victory, Newcastle have been beaten 20 times and managed a draw on only four occasions.
Rafa Benitez managed a 2-2 draw on his first visit with Newcastle, coming back from two down to finish up 2-2 with goals from Cisse and Colback. However, in the last 13 visits there have has been only one other draw (1-1 with Cabaye scoring in 2012/13 season) and 11 defeats and indeed those are the only two games of the 13 when Newcastle players have scored.
In two others Liverpool did concede but they were own goals from Skrtel and Agger.
You can’t take anything away from Steve Bruce and his players for the victory at Spurs but Tottenham were toothless on the day and Man City and Liverpool are a different class to the rest.
It would be nice to think Newcastle might create a few chances and then if they take one of them…but whilst the defence did well against Tottenham, it was a real worry at just how easily Watford were carving NUFC open, especially in the final 20 minutes when they created a handful of chances.
The biggest test so far for Steve Bruce and little doubt Liverpool fans will take extra enjoyment if their team inflicts a heavy defeat, considering the way Rafa Benitez has been treated by Mike Ashley.
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“Kevin Keegan was Newcastle boss the last time United won at Anfield in the Premier League – April 1994.
“And it is hard to make a case for them against this current Liverpool side who have won their last 13 league games – a record for the club.
“Yes, the Magpies did win at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their last league game on the road but, as good as Spurs are, they are not Liverpool and I expect the Reds to make it 14 successive league wins.
“Do note they have scored at least twice on each occasion in this record-breaking sequence.
“Tip: Liverpool to win 2-0.”
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