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Michael Owen says ‘Terrific’ what Steve Bruce has done and predicts what will happen Monday night

11 months ago

Michael Owen has been looking ahead to Monday night at Villa Park.

This has proved to be one of the very best grounds to visit in the Premier League era.

In 23 league games there from 1993 onwards, Villa have only won six, with Newcastle winning on eight visits and nine draws.

Michael Owen actually gave NUFC a fourth minute lead at this venue back in February 2008, only for a second-half collapse to bring about a 4-1 home win.

Referee that day was Lee Mason, hopefully it isn’t an omen that 11 years later he takes charge once again…

Some people are seeing Villa as a bit of a one man team and to lose three in a row with Jack Grealish absent doesn’t on first appearance dispel that notion. However, they have had a tough run of games losing at Man City and Wolves, with in between a home defeat to Liverpool after leading 1-0 until the 87th minute and then the losing goal in added time.

Michael Owen describes Grealish as their ‘talisman’ and certainly Newcastle will have more chance of a positive result if he is still out injured on Monday.

As for Newcastle, Michael Owen says ‘Steve Bruce has done a terrific job at his home club’ after 10 points from the last five games including wins in the last two matches.

With points now up on the board and away to a relegation rival, a draw probably wouldn’t be a bad result. Michael Owen predicting a 1-1 draw as it is ‘too close to call’ for him.

Villa have Man Utd, Chelsea and Leicester to play after Monday night and not so surprisingly their fans are seeing Newcastle as a must win game.

Aston Villa are only one place and three points off the bottom three so a win would be massive for them, whilst for Newcastle victory would take them seven points clear of the drop zone and starting to look up rather than down.

Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:

“Aston Villa have lost their last three league games – albeit against Manchester City, Liverpool and Wolves – and those defeats have coincided with the injury to skipper Jack Grealish who hobbled off at the Etihad with a knock on the calf and has been out injured since.

“Grealish really is the Villa talisman even with John McGinn making such an impressive start to life in the Premier League.

“Newcastle have picked up 10 points from their last five league games, won their last couple and Steve Bruce has done a terrific job at his home club.

“This is another game too close to call and it is a point apiece for me.

“Tip: Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 1.”


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