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Michael Owen has double good news for Newcastle United

12 months ago

Michael Owen predicted a 1-0 home win at the London Stadium last Saturday.

Instead, the travelling fans were stunned to see three goals in the space of 35 minutes, something that nobody, especially Michael Owen, could have predicted.

So is that to prove a  one-off or a sign of better times ahead?

Well to put it into perspective, those three goals against West Ham in 35 minutes, matched the entire number of goals Newcastle have scored at home in the Premier League these first three months of the season.

No other PL team scoring so few home goals this season.

Quite strange that Michael Owen confidently predicted Newcastle to lose last Saturday against a team who hadn’t won any of their past five games, yet confidently predicts NUFC to lose to a team who haven’t conceded in over six hours of Premier League football.

Ironically, Bournemouth scored their first goal in almost six hours to beat Man Utd last time out.

Whether a conscious decision/effort to do so, Eddie Howe’s team have gone from having 25 goals (13 for Bournemouth and 12 for opposition teams) in their opening seven Premier League matches, to only two in their last four (two goalless draws, a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal and that 1-0 win over Man Utd).

If you take that 3-2 win at West Ham out of the occasion then the form would maybe very much be looking at 0-0 on Saturday because as well as scoring the least goals of any PL club at home, nobody  has conceded less than the three Steve Bruce’s team have let in.

Michael Owen predicts Newcastle to win AND keep a clean sheet, thinking one goal should be enough.

Reality is though that looking at the season overall, Bournemouth are doing very well currently seventh and could go as high as fifth if beating Newcastle. Losing just three of 11 games, they have been to the clubs in second (Man City), third (Leicester) and fifth (Arsenal).

Reality is that this would probably Newcastle’s best win of the season so far if they can do it, as Bournemouth are in far better form going into the game than Spurs, Man Utd and West Ham were, before they met NUFC.

A win for Newcastle could potentially see them edge into the top half and a little bit of breathing space.

Almost as important as the result for Newcastle fans, is the hope that the team can create as many chances as they did at West Ham, giving hope for the rest of the season of better times and more entertaining football to come.

Newcastle had won one game in eight before last Saturday, so maybe a little bit premature for Michael Owen to be claiming that ‘It has taken a while for Steve Bruce to win over the Toon Army’, all wins are welcome but a long way to go before anybody is convinced of better times ahead under the Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce partnership.

Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:

“A fabulous result for Newcastle at the London Stadium at the weekend.

“And I believe the Magpies will follow up that success against a Bournemouth side who have only scored once in their last four games although that was enough to beat Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

“It has taken a while for Steve Bruce to win over the Toon Army.

“But they are certainly enjoying their trips to the capital this term.

“United found the back of the net three times in the opening 45 minutes at West Ham on Saturday but one might be enough against the Cherries back at St James’ Park.

“Tip: Newcastle United to win to nil.”


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