Michael Owen predicts double misery for Newcastle United
Michael Owen says he was ‘disappointed’ with Newcastle United on Monday night.
Steve Bruce yet again setting his team up ultra-negatively and Aston Villa taking full advantage, two up after 36 minutes and it could have been a lot worse.
Martin Dubravka making some great saves to keep the score down and Villa’s attacking players missing some easy chances.
Michael Owen says that Newcastle will ‘have to be at the top of their game; to get anything off Manchester City and difficult to disagree.
Man City stumbled a couple of times early in the season with defeats to Norwich and Wolves but in their other 18 games (all competitions) they have only lost to Liverpool, when Man City actually had a lot more clear chances and corners.
The visitors are also top scorers in the Premier League with 37 goals and 55 in all competitions.
Aguero out injured is a bonus but they have so many other attacking options, whilst a lot has been made of poor draws in their last two Champions League matches Man City won the first three group games so were cruising.
Newcastle had an abysmal record of eight defeats and one draw at St James Park in this fixture before Rafa Benitez arrived, in his three games he got a 1-1 draw and the 2-1 win in January, whilst his only defeat in five games (and the only time NUFC didn’t score) home and away was in the 1-0 defeat two seasons ago at home.
Michael Owen predicts double misery for Newcastle, with NUFC getting beat and not scoring.
For once you will forgive Steve Bruce playing his usual very negative football/formation as Man City will dominate possession regardless but interesting to see what he does with his team selection.
The likes of Sean Longstaff, Lejeune and Schar are all now available.
Whilst up front we have Carroll, Gayle and Atsu all waiting for an opportunity and as Michael Owen points out, the usual NUFC attacking trio have still only scored one goal this season in a combined 35 PL appearances.
Time for change?
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“I was disappointed with Newcastle at Villa Park on Monday and their attacking players continue to struggle to create opportunities let alone score goals at present.
“Steve Bruce’s side will have to be at the top of their game when champions Manchester City come to town in Saturday’s early kick-off.
“Yes, the Magpies came from behind to win the corresponding fixture 2-1 at St James’ Park last season.
“But I don’t expect Pep Guardiola’s side to slip up at the weekend given they have the opportunity to cut the deficit – albeit briefly – to leaders Liverpool to six points with a win.
“Tip: City to win to nil 1/1.”
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