Michael Owen has backed Newcastle to come away with a point ahead of our trip to Norwich on Saturday afternoon.
It’s fair to say both sides main focus will be survival this season, so this one already feels like a pretty big game to get our first points of the season on board.
Here’s what the ex-NUFC striker has had to say during his latest prediction piece for Bet Victor:
‘Norwich played some lovely football at times against Liverpool on Friday, but they were naive defensively although the good news for Daniel Farke is that his side won’t face teams with the flair and pace of the Reds every week.
‘The Canaries will make plenty of friends with their style of football this season, but I think they will have to settle for a point against Newcastle on Saturday. The Magpies kept Arsenal at arm’s length for much of their game at St James’ Park on Sunday, but they will still be rueing one moment of defensive madness which allowed the Gunners to take all three points.‘
For me, this is a game we should be attacking. If we sit deep and hope to frustrate Norwich it may only work in their favour, with their 4-1 defeat at Liverpool highlighting just dangerous they are going forward – but also how open they look defensively.
Yes it was Liverpool and a Champions League winning attack they had to deal with, but you’d have to hope the likes of Joelinton, Almiron and Saint-Maximin can cause them problems.
That said, they look a very capable and fluid team going forward, so it’s vital that Bruce gets the balance right on Saturday.
It’s their first game back at Carrow Road following promotion so they could come flying out of the traps in a bid to outscore us.
A scoring draw would be my prediction, but I’m hoping our superior defence and potential to counter attack comes up trumps in this one to bring all three points back to Tyneside.