Michael Owen points out yet another Steve Bruce failing
Michael Owen sees Leicester City as the ‘likely winner’ on Friday night, not exactly the most confident or brave prediction!
It is third top against fourth bottom, a club full of ambition against one where it is totally absent.
A team looking forward to playing in an FA Cup final and then the Champions League next season, up against a side who are still not safe from relegation and have won only four of the last twenty five games under Steve Bruce.
Despite not going overboard about Leicester’s superiority and only predicting a 2-1 home win, Michael Owen has pointed out yet another very depressing Steve Bruce statistic that hasn’t been talked about really.
Michael Owen stating that Bruce has the worst away form outside the bottom three, it worse than that, it is actually the worst outside the bottom two!
Newcastle United have picked up only 16 points in 17 away games so far, whereas Fulham have picked up 17 points on their travels.
Third placed Leicester have the third best away form in the Premier League, yet rather bizarrely for a team flying so high, they have already lost a massive seven of seventeen home matches.
West Ham, Villa, Fulham, Everton, Leeds, Arsenal and Man City have all won at the King Power, yet Brendan Rodgers and his players are top three in the Premier League.
In recent times Leicester have got more ruthless at home, in the last four only losing to Man City, whilst ruthlessly dispatching Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and West Brom, scoring ten goals and only conceding one in that trio of games.
Steve Bruce has a woeful record against Leicester, having lost four out of four with Newcastle so far, including 5-0 in the Premier League game here last season.
Newcastle were lucky to escape with a 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal last weekend and fair to say, most Newcastle fans are expected a long and painful night up against Jamie Vardy and friends.
Michael Owen reckons that Steve Bruce and his players: ‘took a well-earned point away from Anfield last time they were on their travels’…in reality Liverpool wasted chance after chance and should have had the game well won before Joe Willock’s very late injury time equaliser.
I hope I’m wrong but I can see similar dominance for Leicester tonight and Steve Bruce to be ultra defensive as is his norm, Newcastle possibly needing even more luck than they experienced at Anfield if they are to get anything tonight.
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“Brendan Rodgers voiced his frustration at the number of fixtures his Leicester side have played recently.
“Tired legs may be creeping in, however, with a week between this match and their last, he should be able to field the same XI if he wanted to.
“The Foxes could only muster a draw against Southampton last week, a game which must go down as two points dropped with the home side playing most of the match with 10-men.
“Newcastle have turned the corner in recent weeks, and despite having the poorest away form outside of the bottom three, they took a well-earned point away from Anfield last time they were on their travels.
“With Leicester chasing Champions League qualification, I do see the Foxes as the likely winner here.
“A week-long break will have done them no harm, and I reckon they’ll have enough to get a result.
“Prediction is Leicester 2 Newcastle 1.”
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